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  • Enjoy #KenoshaFun!
  • Jelly Belly Visitor Center
  • Jerry Smith Produce & Pumpkin Farm
  • Civil War Museum - "Seeing the Elephant"
  • tg's Restaurant & Pub
  • Local Ice Fishing
  • Winter HarborMarket
  • Electric Streetcar
  • Snow Daze Festival
  • Petrifying Springs Park

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

FALL 2014/WINTER 2015

  1. FUN 101Take a disc golf tour around the county! Silver Fox Disc Golf Course has opened at Silver Lake Park – and along with the courses at Fox River Park and UW-Parkside, 54 holes of disc golf are available here. FREE
  2. Check out the amazing 360° film “Seeing the Elephant” inside the Civil War Museum’s main exhibit The Fiery Trial. $9 & under
  3. Take a colorful fall bike ride, drive, or walk through Kenosha’s four National Register Historic Districts. FREE
  4. In addition to its Mainstage Series, did you know Lakeside Players offers a L@TR Series and a Family Theatre Series at the historic Rhode Center for the Arts? $10 L@TR and Family Theatre shows
  5. Enjoy the fall colors while golfing at Brighton Dale Links and Petrifying Springs Golf Course! $10 fee, starting Sept. 29, to walk 9 holes on weekdays
  6. Kenosha HarborMarket takes it indoors for Winter HarborMarket starting Oct. 18. You’ll find it in the lobby of the historic Rhode Center for the Arts. FREE to browse
  7. Take a ride along the Lake Michigan shore in authentic (and heated) Electric Streetcars. 50¢ - $1
  8. Grab your bike and join the Saturday Common Grounds Coffee Ride with Southport Rigging Bikes & Boards (into November, weather permitting). FREE
  9. Enjoy live music Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoons during Wilmot Mountain’s 77th winter season. No cover charge
  10. Come and be amazed by our Downtown dining scene! Downtown Kenosha Restaurant Week makes its debut Feb. 14-22. Enjoy breakfast or lunch menus for $10 (dinner costs more). $10+
  11. Bring your favorite 4-legged friend to run for a while at an off-leash dog park. You have 4 parks to choose from! $2-5
  12. Enjoy Friday Star-Gazing Nights on select dates this fall at the Griffin Observatory at Kemper Center. FREE
  13. Enjoy the City of Kenosha’s Fall Festival in Library Park on Oct. 11, then stay in Downtown Kenosha for more fall-themed Second Saturday activities. FREE
  14. A company first known for its candy corn, Jelly Belly Visitor Center offers free Jelly Belly jelly bean samples, free made-on-site fudge samples, and free train tours! FREE
  15. Try all six craft beers Rustic Road Brewing Company has on tap plus their Rambler Root Beer. $8.50
  16. Enjoy a scenic fall bike ride on the Pike Bike Trail or the Kenosha County Bike Trail. FREE  
  17. The Kenosha Kingfish host a Fall Festival at historic Simmons Field on Oct. 18 with hayrides, a pumpkin patch, and a petting zoo. FREE admission
  18. ‘Tis always the season for savings at Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets! Pick up a coupon book for even greater deals. $5 coupon book (free coupon for the book here)
  19. If you dare, enter the Kemper Center Haunted House! Open Oct. 10-25, Fridays and Saturdays! $7 & under
  20. Spend your Sunday browsing through the Wilmot Mountain Flea Market (through Nov. 2). $1 & under
  21. You can’t go to Brat Stop without having their famous Bratwurst, served with potato chips! $6.95
  22. Photo op! Take photos of the Southport Lighthouse (open to climb Fri.-Sun. through October) and the Pierhead Lighthouse$10 & under to climb
  23. Enjoy a petting zoo, corn maze, and old-fashioned hayride with your family at Jerry Smith Produce & Pumpkin Farm (until Oct. 31). EaThe Pike Bike Trailch activity $3+
  24. Enjoy a bite of Italy at Tenuta’s Delicatessen! Ask for a Fresh Cannoli, and you have your pick of size, shell, and filling. $1.39-$2.59
  25. Attend Veterans Heritage Day at the Civil War Museum, and pause inside the museum’s Veterans Memorial Gallery on Nov. 8. FREE
  26. Warm up with a bowl of homemade chili at Jack’s Café inside Andrea’s. $3.95
  27. If you only shop at one craft fair a year, this is THE one to go to! The 41st Annual UW-Parkside Arts and Crafts Fair is Nov. 22. FREE admission
  28. At Sandy’s Popper, grab one of the 50 gourmet popcorn varieties AND a hand-scooped ice cream cone for under $10. Prices vary; military discount every day; senior discount Wednesdays
  29. The famous “back room” offers amazing savings at the Jockey Factory Store in Downtown Kenosha. Prices vary
  30. Kick off the holiday season at the Lightin’ Up! festival in Downtown Kenosha on Nov. 28! FREE
  31. Enjoy this pair of holiday festivals at two of our museums: International Holiday on Dec. 6 and Victorian Christmas on Dec. 13. FREE
  32. Visit Wisconsin’s oldest Harley-Davidson dealership, and one of the oldest in the world! Uke’s Harley-Davidson shares its history in its own museum. FREE
  33. Dinosaur Discovery MuseumKids can role-play as a paleontologist! The Dinosaur Discovery Museum offers Dino Digs on most Saturday and Sunday afternoons. FREE
  34. Enjoy the annual Christmas Festival, Carthage College’s gift to the community, Dec. 5-7. FREE
  35. Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you take the METRA train from Chicago to Kenosha. $7 weekend pass
  36. Tour two historic mansions dressed for the holidays! Christmas at Kemper and Anderson Arts Center’s Gallery of Trees take place Nov. 30-Dec. 7. Durkee Mansion is also open additional days in December. FREE
  37. Keep your pooch happy this winter! Treat him/her to a natural dog bone or a biscuit from the biscuit bakery at K9 Kibble, or a made-in-the-USA toy! Prices vary, under $10
  38. Visit the “Annual Winter Juried Show” at Anderson Arts Center, Nov. 9, 2014 – Jan. 5, 2015. FREE
  39. Sit down for “Coffee & Kuchen” (coffee and cake) at House of Gerhard. Coffee with homemade dessert $5.95
  40. Stroll through the Kenosha Sculpture Walk along Kenosha’s Lake Michigan shore. FREE
  41. Go Fish! January 17-18 is Winter Free Fishing Weekend in Wisconsin – no fishing licenses are needed! FREE
  42. Can’t make it here for free fishing weekend? No problem! Buy a one-day license to fish at Lake Michigan or an inland lake. $8-10 one-day license
  43. Take the fun indoors! Skate circles at the RecPlex Ice Arena - on Dec. 20, Santa will even join you! $6 & under (skate rental $4)
  44. Take a break from the hustle & bustle of the holiday season, and enjoy the Snowflake Jazz Concert inside Simmons Auditorium at Kemper Center on Dec. 6. FREE
  45. Have a Spicy Tuna Roll at Soon’s Sushi Café. Voted No. 1 for the best sushi in Southeastern Wisconsin! $6.75
  46. Snowshoe through the pristine Bristol Woods Park. FREE admission; $5/pair snowshoe rental
  47. As seen in Archaeology Magazine, come see the woolly mammoth bones that were excavated in Kenosha County at the Kenosha Public Museum. FREE
  48. Enjoy The Breakwater’s popular Steak Wrap Sandwich served with fries and coleslaw. $10
  49. The Second Saturday of the month, tour Simmons Library at 2:30 p.m. Get a behind the scenes peek of this historic building. FREE
  50. Enjoy live music on Saturday nights at tg’s Restaurant & Pub - with their signature Hot Beef Sandwich, cheese, and the house fresh fried chips! $9.86
  51. Pick up a tasty treat at The Galley Coffee Café inside Forever Grateful Resale Boutique and Art Gallery, and then browse through the store. Prices vary
  52. Watch the sun rise over Lake Michigan. The view is spectacular from any number of spots, including HarborPark. FREE
  53. All ages enjoy getting artsy at Alpaca Art Pottery Painting. $7 studio fee plus the cost of your pottery ($3+)
  54. Visit the Kenosha History Center exhibit “My Memorabilia” (Dec. 6, 2014 – Sept. 27, 2015). On exhibit are objects on loan from car enthusiasts. Suggested $1-2 donation
  55. “Shake, Rattle And Roll” when Elvis impersonator John Van Thiel performs at Bristol 45 Diner on select Mondays. $4 cover charge
  56. Putting the house back together after Christmas can wait … bring the kids to Frost Fest at the Kenosha Public Museum Dec. 26-28. FREE
  57. Visit Richard Bong State Recreation Area during the winter and try to spot the short-eared owls. $7-10 per vehicle
  58. It’s never too cold for ice cream! Take home a hand packed pint of your favorite super premium gourmet ice cream at Scoops! Ice Cream. $5
  59. At the Kenosha Public MuseumThrough March 1, visit the Kenosha Public Museum Exhibit: “Views of the Ancient World – Peter V. Bianchi, National Geographic Artist” (Did you know he was from Kenosha?). FREE
  60. At The Coffee Pot, the Corned Beef Hash is made in-house! No cans here! $8.75
  61. Join Nigel, the resident fish, at Carthage College’s Family Fun Nights, held most Friday evenings during the school year! FREE-$1
  62. Find your favorite childhood video game at Inner Child Comics & Collectibles and try it out! Many under $10 / FREE to try
  63. Try one of several wine flights at Wine Knot Bar & Bistro. $9
  64. Enjoy a fantastic stacked Brandy Alexander or Grasshopper at HobNob Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge while listening to live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings. $9.95
  65. Visit Robin’s Nest Cakery on a Saturday for this extra treat: Purchase a cupcake, and then step over to the do-it-yourself topping bar. $2.50
  66. Head over to Pollard Gallery and spot portraits of dozens of celebrities. FREE
  67. Participate in Geeks Who Drink Trivia on Monday evenings at Mikey’s, and on Tuesday evenings it’s Trivia night at Uncle Mike’s Highway Pub. FREE
  68. At least once a month, it’s Kid’s Night at Culver’s of Pleasant Prairie with free family activities! Food prices vary, discounts for kids under 12 
  69. Visit Seebeck Gallery, an American Craft Gallery where 80% of its products are made in America. FREE to browse
  70. Stop in Sazzy B on a Wednesday evening for Cocktail Piano by Ed Doody (most Wednesdays), along with a chefs choice pasta bowl. $10
  71. Watch for ice sculptures to take over Downtown Kenosha during the Snow Daze Festival on Feb. 14. It’s another Second Saturday filled with fun! FREE
  72. Enjoy Breaded Calamari at Casa Capri. $9.95
  73. Get your pies here – whether a pot pie, mini pie, or hand pie at Elsie Mae’s Canning & Pies! $6 & under
  74. Frolic and play while your nose gets a chillin’! Cross country ski, snowshoe, or sled at Petrifying Springs Park or Fox River Park. FREE
  75. Don’t miss Half-Price Pizza Night on Mondays at Kaiser’s Pizza & Pub (dine-in only). $4+
  76. Stop in at Mike Bjorn’s Clothing for a classy - or flashy - bow tie. Choose from a variety of colors and styles. $10+
  77. Visiting the first Friday of the month? Stop at our I-94 Visitor Information Center for free travel info, coupons, and samples at First Fridays. FREE
  78. While known for its Garbage Plate, try the Blue Plate Special on weekdays at Franks Diner. You never know what will be featured! $5-6
  79. Grab a book and choose from more than 50 varieties of loose teas before you sit, read, and sip at NovelTea Bookstore. $2.75 for a brewed tea
  80. Try Uncle Gino’s Calabrian Chili Chicken Wings at Mangia Wine Bar. Not your typical bar wing, these babies pack a punch! $10
  81. Kids of all ages enjoy exploring the Kenosha Public Museum’s hands-on Field Station. FREE
  82. Take a brisk walk around Lake Andrea. FREE
  83. Get bead-azzled at Red Rose’s Bead Haven. Advice at this bead shop is always free! Bead prices vary
  84. Did you know The Spot Drive-In is open year-round? Enjoy their famous hamburger, fries, and small homemade root beer! $6.57
  85. Enjoy world-class musicians and concerts each month at the Fine Arts at First Series. FREE
  86. Catch the latest blockbuster by taking in a movie at Southport Plaza’s Tinseltown Theater. $5.50+
  87. Treat yourself to dessert at La Fogata Mexican Grill – whether the Fried Ice Cream, Elena’s Homemade Flan, or another equally delicious choice! $3.99+
  88. Enjoy an entertaining and educational program at a Kenosha Public Library branch. FREE
  89. At Twisted Cuisine, be sure to order Saganaki – Kasseri, Mozzarella and cream cheese topped with brandy and set on fire for a gooey, melty snack. $10
  90. Lemon Street GalleryEnjoy Thursday Night Trivia and win prizes at Boat House Pub & Eatery. FREE
  91. Take in an action-packed sporting event at either Carthage College (NCAA Div. 3) or UW-Parkside (NCAA Div. 2). Prices vary
  92. Combat cabin fever with a cross-country skiing excursion at Richard Bong State Recreation Area. $7-10 per vehicle
  93. Pick up your I (heart) Kenosha frame at a Kenosha Visitor Information Center or museum, take pix of your favorite Kenosha places, and share them with us! FREE
  94. Enjoy Beer Bingo on Tuesday evenings at Captain Mike’s Beer, Burger & Whisk(e)y Bar. FREE
  95. Stop and smell the flowers any time of the year at A Summer’s Garden Florist. FREE to browse
  96. While Lemon Street Gallery artists exhibit at businesses and libraries throughout the community, come experience the gallery itself! FREE
  97. Ray Radigan’s shows its supper club roots with the appetizer named Radigan’s Traditional Relishes. $4.50
  98. Enjoy the Kenosha Public Museum’s Travel Adventure Series on select Fridays. $5 & under
  99. Pick up a loaf of delicious Homemade Cheese Bread at Mars’ Cheese Castle. It’s handmade in-house with 2-year aged cheddar cheese. $4.29 per loaf
  100. You’ll find made-in-the-USA items at DeBerge’s Framing and Gallery LLC, including laser cut wood earrings. $9.95
  101. Cheer on your favorite new baseball team all year long! Kenosha Kingfish pennants are available at the Team Store. $5

Prices reflected are accurate at the time of printing and subject to change. Prices do not include tax. Published September 2014.