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  • Simmons Island Beach
  • Kenosha Kingfish Baseball
  • Electric Streetcar along Lake Michigan
  • Peanut Butter & Jam Concert Series
  • Choo Choo Charlie’s
  • Lemon Street Gallery - Clay Studio
  • Kenosha HarborMarket
  • Brighton Dale Links
  • Southport Light Station Museum with the Southport Lighthouse
  • Re:Vision Gallery and Artist Studios
  • Jelly Belly Visitor Center
  • Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets

101 Things to See & Do for $10 & Under in the Kenosha Area: Many are FREE!

SPRING/SUMMER 2016

  1. Spring Summer 2016 FUN 101See the 2015 Northwoods League Summer Collegiate World Series champions - the Kenosha Kingfish - play baseball at Simmons Field! $8+
  2. Watch racing at the newly renovated Washington Park Velodrome, the oldest operating bike track of its kind in the U.S. FREE (Its re-opening after 2015 renovation has been delayed.)
  3. Climb the Southport Lighthouse during its 150th anniversary season! $10 & under
  4. Play at Kenosha’s first fully accessible playground, the Dream Playground at Petzke Park. It’s a one-of-a-kind 15,000 square foot space for all abilities. FREE (Temporarily closed for repairs.)
  5. Bring your pooch to play at one of five off-leash dog parks throughout Kenosha County! FREE to $5 depending on park
  6. Try your hand at one of four disc golf locations: Lincoln Park, Fox River Park, Silver Lake Park, and UW-Parkside. FREE
  7. Meet you at the lake! Bring the sunscreen and a beach towel … we have FIVE beaches along Lake Michigan! FREE
  8. Visit Wilmot Flea Market at its new location: the Kenosha County Fairgrounds. The market is open most Sundays, starting May 1. $1
  9. Get in touch with nature at Chiwaukee Prairie, which has been designated a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention. FREE
  10. Watch model trains deliver classic American food at Choo Choo Charlie’s – and enjoy a Charlie’s Delight (salted caramel sundae). $5.99
  11. Silver Lake Park is home to over 9 miles of mountain bike trails. FREE
  12. Enjoy an indoor train tour at Jelly Belly Visitor Center, and sample the crazy BeanBoozled® flavors! FREE tour and samples
  13. Take a fun pedal boat ride on Lake Andrea! $8-10
  14. Enjoy an old-fashioned cherry soda at a historic soda fountain, Jack’s Café inside Andrea’s! $3.95
  15. Hike over the river and through the woods at the 360-acre Petrifying Springs Park - the oldest park in the Kenosha County park system. FREE
  16. Have a delicious Gouda Mornin’ Breakfast Panini (gluten free bread available) at The Buzz Café. $5.99
  17. Seniors (ages 60 & over) can enjoy the Kenosha YMCA free of charge on the third Tuesday of every month! FREE
  18. The Transparent Watercolor Society of America returns to the Kenosha Public Museum for its 40th Annual National Juried Exhibition, May 7 – Aug 7. FREE
  19. From Farm To Table I: Kenosha HarborMarket returns outdoors May 14. You’ll find live music and 150+ vendors at this Saturday market during the summer. FREE admission
  20. From Farm To Table II: Reserve your crop box full of produce at Jerry Smith Produce & Pumpkin Farm! $10
  21. From Farm To Table III: Shop for produce at the weekly five city farmers’ markets. Prices vary
  22. Be amazed by the 2015 National Show Ski Champions! The Aquanut Water Shows take place most Wednesdays and Saturdays, May 28 – Sept 3. FREE
  23. Check out the impressive 360° film “Seeing the Elephant” inside the Civil War Museum’s main exhibit The Fiery Trial. Main exhibit $9 & under
  24. Shop and save at Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets. Save even more when you pick up a coupon book. $5 coupon book
  25. Lakeside Players Family Theatre Series Presents: Disney’s Aladdin Jr., April 8-17. $10
  26. At Mike’s Donuts & Chicken, enjoy oversized donuts with wild and unique toppings and fillings! $1-3
  27. The get bEHIND the aRTS Studio Tour takes place April 24 in Kenosha. $5 suggested donation
  28. Travel back to yesteryear aboard one of Kenosha’s seven authentic Electric Streetcars! $1 & under
  29. Walk, bike, or drive through Kenosha’s four historic districts. FREE
  30. Stroll through the Kenosha Sculpture Walk, which runs along the harbor and features nearly a dozen inspiring works of art. FREE
  31. Gather your friends and enjoy Kenosha Craft Beer Week at PUBLIC Craft Brewing Co. and more businesses, May 16-22. Prices vary
  32. Golf nine holes for a deal after 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday and after 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Petrifying Springs Golf Course and Brighton Dale Links. $10
  33. Between May and September, Bristol 45 Diner hosts a car show on the first, third, and fifth Monday evenings of the month. FREE
  34. Hold on to your kite! It’s the Outta Sight Kite Flight, June 4-5. FREE
  35. Admission is free to Richard Bong State Recreation Area on June 5 for the Family Nature Faire. FREE
  36. Enjoy free cheese samples, along with free photo ops (i.e. giant outdoor sign, Isabella the 60-year-old cow, the giant mouse) at Mars’ Cheese Castle. FREE
  37. Go Fish! For Free! No fishing licenses are needed June 4-5 in Wisconsin during Summer Free Fishing Weekend! FREE
  38. Splish! Splash! Fly down the 200-foot long water slide at Washington Park Pool or Anderson Park Pool. $5 & under
  39. Pretend it’s the 1950s as car hops serve you at Big Star Drive-In and The Spot Drive-In! Prices vary
  40. Outdoor Music At The Lake I: Enjoy the Kenosha Pops on Wednesday evenings at the Sesquicentennial Bandshell, mid-June to early August. FREE
  41. Outdoor Music At The Lake II: Experience the Twilight Jazz Concert Series on the lawn of Anderson Arts Center – June 28; July 5, 19, 26; and Aug 30. FREE
  42. Outdoor Music At The Lake III: Peanut Butter & Jam concerts happen twice every Thursday, July 7 – Aug 25. FREE
  43. Kemper CenterOutdoor Music At The Lake IV: Enjoy a variety of music during Tuesdays At The Shell, July 12 – Aug 30. FREE
  44. Uke’s Harley-Davidson is Wisconsin’s oldest H-D dealership. Explore its roots at their on-site museum! FREE
  45. Celebrate some of the finest Civil War soldiers of the Midwest - the famous Iron Brigade. June 11-12 is Salute to Freedom. FREE
  46. Take the family out to breakfast on the farm! The Kenosha County Dairy Breakfast is June 18. $6 & under
  47. See the largest suspension staircase in the state – inside Kemper Center’s Durkee Mansion (open for tours, April - October). FREE
  48. Visit Linnea Bakery in Downtown Kenosha or at its new second location inside Southwest Library for Scandinavian treats! Prices Vary
  49. Pause and reflect at the Veteran’s Memorial Fountain and Lone Soldier Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park. FREE
  50. On Saturday mornings, you can join the Bike Shop at Southport Rigging on its 26-mile Weekly Common Grounds Coffee Ride. FREE
  51. Try one of 16 different varieties of Panini sandwiches at the iconic Tenuta’s Delicatessen, grilled in-house and served up at the outdoor grill. $5.99
  52. Swim in Lake Andrea, or build a sand castle on the beach. $4-7 daily pass
  53. The Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade is July 3, with the Celebrate America festival featuring Independence Day Fireworks, July 3-4. FREE
  54. Add to your fun at Bristol Woods Park! At the on-site Pringle Nature Center, rent a GPS unit to locate Geocaches – or rent a family-friendly Explorer Backpack. $5 each rental, park admission FREE
  55. 90 years ago, six horses pulled Franks Diner to Kenosha. Celebrate with the renowned Garbage Plate! $9.95+
  56. Relax and watch the sun rise over Lake Michigan. FREE
  57. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Simmons Library – built in 1900 – every Second Saturday at 2:30 p.m. FREE
  58. Come hungry! Taste of Wisconsin™ is July 29-31. FREE admission
  59. The Colonial through Western Fur Trade era of the 1650s through 1850s will come alive at Pike River Rendezvous, Aug 6-7. FREE
  60. Jerry Smith Produce & Pumpkin Farm’s popular Sweet Corn Festival has expanded to two days: Aug 13-14. FREE admission
  61. Uncover local shipwreck facts and more at the Southport Light Station Museum. FREE
  62. Load up the car with skateboards, scooters, roller blades, and bikes and head to Anderson Park’s 11,000 square foot concrete skatepark. FREE
  63. Kenosha County FairSit back and enjoy the scenery as you take the METRA train from Chicago to Kenosha. Unlimited ride $8 weekend pass
  64. More than a popcorn and ice cream shop, Sandy’s Popper also offers cotton candy, nostalgic candies, and more! Nostalgic candies start around 10¢
  65. Each month, enjoy Second Saturdays with sales, live entertainment and family activities in Downtown Kenosha. Many FREE activities
  66. Enjoy the beach and great swimming at Old Settlers Park. $5 per vehicle Memorial Day – Labor Day on weekends only, otherwise FREE
  67. Go “Back To The 20s” at the Kenosha History Center’s automobile exhibit. FREE
  68. Cool down with a treat at Culver’s Pleasant Prairie, while playing the large outdoor chess game (ask for the pieces at the counter). Treat prices vary; FREE to play chess
  69. Make your own customized bracelet or necklace at Peacetree Originals. $5 & up
  70. Cool off at the indoor RecPlex Ice Arena. Temperature on the ice is 40 to 45 degrees. $6.50 & under to skate / $3 skate rental
  71. Modern Apothecary is a locally owned pharmacy that offers natural products and gifts, including a variety of essential oils. $8.44+ for essential oils
  72. As you sip a cool beverage on the deck of Harborside Common Grounds, watch Kenosha Community Sailing Center lessons taking place in the harbor. Prices vary
  73. You’ll find entertainment for all ages at the Kenosha County Fair, Aug 17-21! $9 & under
  74. The Kansas City Barbecue Society BBQ Competition and more take place at Grill Games, Aug 26-27. FREE for spectators
  75. Let the kids cool off with a visit to HarborPark’s splash pad area. FREE
  76. Create art in the Clay Studio at Lemon Street Gallery! Clay costs $3 per pound
  77. Also see incredible art at Re:Vision Gallery, Pollard Gallery, Anderson Arts Center, Kenosha Art Association, Carthage College, and UW-Parkside! FREE
  78. Enjoy a scenic bike ride on the Pike Bike Trail or the Kenosha County Bike Trail. FREE
  79. Mikey’s features a new menu with gourmet Hot Dogs, create-your-own pizza, and more! Prices vary
  80. Find your favorite childhood video game and try it out at Inner Child Comics & Collectibles. Many under $10 / FREE to try
  81. Exhibitors bring samples, brochures, giveaways, and smiles to the I-94 Visitor Information Center for First Fridays. FREE
  82. Pick up a homemade Bloody Mary mix or lemonade mix at Elsie Mae’s Canning & Pies, who offer more than pies and jams! $6.50/$8.50
  83. Hike 4.2 miles of trails at KD Park. FREE (Temporarily closed starting August 1 so the park can be further developed.)
  84. Checkmate! Play chess or checkers at the chess tables in Fox River Park; bring your own pieces. FREE
  85. Downtown Kenosha Classic Cruise-In Car ShowTake time to enjoy the distinctive wall murals, unique hand-painted storefront signs, and amazing historic architecture in Downtown Kenosha! FREE
  86. Visit Abe! Library Park is home to an Abraham Lincoln statue, as well as the Kenosha County Soldiers’ Monument “Winged Victory”. FREE
  87. Take a selfie by the red 1906 Pierhead Lighthouse. FREE
  88. A slice of Kenosha nightlife can be found at Fusion, a Downtown performing arts venue. Some events FREE
  89. At Scoops Ice Cream, ask for the Badger Brownie: two scoops of ice cream on a warm chocolate chunk brownie, with many toppings! $5.75
  90. Aspiring young paleontologists will dig this: Dino Digs are held most Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum. FREE
  91. Bring the kids to the Field Station inside the Kenosha Public Museum, where they can explore the arts and sciences in this popular hands-on activity area. FREE
  92. Labor Day weekend includes Cheese-A-Palooza (Sept 3-4), the Downtown Kenosha Classic Cruise-In Car Show (Sept 3), and the 14th Annual Car Show To Benefit Our Wounded Veterans (Sept 4). FREE for spectators
  93. All ages enjoy getting artsy at Alpaca Art Pottery Painting. $7 studio fee plus the cost of your pottery ($3+)
  94. At NovelTea Bookstore, you can purchase 2 oz. packaged loose leaf tea in a variety of flavors. Most under $10; average price $7
  95. Meet internationally-known cartoonists during the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning, Sept 15-17. FREE
  96. Enjoy a picnic at Wolfenbuttel Park, next to Lake Michigan. FREE
  97. Electric Streetcars are celebrated during Kenosha Streetcar Day on Sept 17!  $1 & under fare
  98. You can’t go to Brat Stop without having the Famous Charcoal Grill Original Bratwurst served with chips! $6.99
  99. You’ll find the Lilli Soapworks product line at A Summer’s Garden Florist. These soaps are handmade in Kenosha with shea butter. $5.50
  100. Enjoy a delicious made-from-scratch soup in the outdoor Garden of Eatin’ at The Coffee Pot. $2-4
  101. The famous “backroom” offers amazing savings at the Jockey Factory Store in Downtown Kenosha. Get a $10 off coupon in the FREE 2016 Kenosha Area Visitors Guide

Prices reflected are accurate at the time of printing and subject to change. Prices do not include tax. Published March 2016.