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  • Kenosha Electric Streetcar
  • Jelly Belly Visitor Center
  • Mangia Wine Bar
  • Lemon Street Gallery - Clay Studio
  • Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets
  • Choo Choo Charlie’s
  • Re:Vision Gallery and Artist Studios

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

FALL 2016/WINTER 2017

  1. FUN 101 brochureEnjoy the fall colors with a bike ride on the Pike Bike Trail or the Kenosha County Bike Trail. FREE
  2. Check out the “Center Stage – A Century of Guitars” exhibit at the Kenosha Public Museum through Feb 26. FREE
  3. Enjoy family-friendly fall fun at Jerry Smith Produce & Pumpkin Farm! FREE admission
  4. Sip a cocktail in the newly renovated lodge at Wilmot Mountain and watch skiers and snowboarders navigate the slopes! Prices vary  
  5. Walk 9 holes of golf at Brighton Dale Links or Petrifying Springs Golf Course on weekdays. $10      
  6. 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 
  7. If you dare, enter the Kemper Center Haunted House (Fri-Sat, Oct 14-29). $7
  8. Also at Kemper Center, gaze at stars and planets from the Griffin Observatory, Friday evenings in October. FREE
  9. Don’t forget, the 1860’s Durkee Mansion at Kemper Center is open through October for self-guided tours. FREE
  10. Travel back to yesteryear aboard one of Kenosha’s seven authentic Electric Streetcars! $1 & under
  11. Visit Jack Andrea’s historic soda fountain for a chocolate malt, made the old fashioned way, with Hershey’s syrup and hand dipped ice cream. $3.95   
  12. Through Nov 4, enjoy performances, exhibits, and activities focusing on this year’s NEA Big Read book, “True Grit” by Charles Portis. Many events are FREE
  13. The famous “backroom” offers amazing savings at the Jockey Factory Store in Downtown Kenosha. Prices vary
  14. Cheers! You’ll find locally made small batch craft beer at three Kenosha breweries: PUBLIC Craft Brewing, R’Noggin Brewing, and Rustic Road Brewing. Prices vary
  15. Silver Lake Park is home to 10 miles of year-round mountain bike trails that accommodate all levels from beginner to professional riders. FREE
  16. Play disc golf at Lincoln Park, UW-Parkside, Fox River Park, or Silver Lake Park. FREE
  17. Enjoy live entertainment by the Lakeside Players in a beautiful historic theater: Rhode Center for the Arts. Shows in the Family Theatre Series and Stage Noir Series $10
  18. You don’t have to wait for St. Patrick’s Day to have corned beef! Enjoy Corned Beef Tacos at Waterfront Warehouse. $9.99
  19. At Pringle Nature Center, you can rent GPS units pre-programmed with the Geocaches located in Bristol Woods Park. $5 
  20. Take in a sporting event at either Carthage College (NCAA Div. III) or UW-Parkside (NCAA Div. II). Prices vary
  21. Enjoy a taste of Italy at Tenuta’s Delicatessen! Ask for a Fresh Cannoli, and you have your pick of size, shell, and filling. $1.69-$2.99
  22. Find your favorite childhood video game at Inner Child Comics & Collectibles and try it out! Many under $10 / FREE to try
  23. As seen in Archaeology Magazine, come see woolly mammoth bones – that were excavated in Kenosha County – at the Kenosha Public Museum. FREE
  24. 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
  25. Enjoy an indoor train tour at Jelly Belly Visitor Center, and sample the crazy BeanBoozled® flavors! FREE tour and samples
  26. Enjoy the swanky Wisconsin supper club atmosphere at HobNob. Order a Brandy Old Fashioned, while enjoying live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. $6.50+
  27. Learn about Kenosha’s lighthouse keepers, shipping and commercial fishing history at the Southport Light Station Museum (open through Oct 30). FREE
  28. Enjoy Kenosha’s first inclusive, 100% accessible playground – the Kenosha Dream Playground – at Petzke Park. FREE
  29. Layer in style this winter! Pick out a Kenosha t-shirt at The Lettering Machine. $7
  30. Bring your pooch to play at one of five off-leash dog parks throughout Kenosha County! FREE to $5 depending on park
  31. Show Your Team Spirit! Shop at Something Different – “a sports fan fantasyland”. Prices Vary
  32. All ages enjoy getting artsy at Alpaca Art Pottery Painting. $7 studio fee plus the cost of your pottery ($3+)
  33. Franks Diner is known for its Garbage Plate. Try a half garbage plate, and work your way up to a full! $7.95+
  34. Pick up your I Heart Kenosha frame and take photos of your favorite places, spaces, food, and fun! Use our hashtag #KenoshaFun! FREE
  35. Winter HarborMarket begins Oct 22 inside Rhode Center for the Arts, and averages 25-30 vendors each Saturday. FREE admission
  36. Have pie for dinner with the take and bake pot pies at Elsie Mae’s Bakery & Cannery. Try the Wisconsin Pot Pie made with local beer, cheese, and bratwurst! $6
  37. Enjoy live music Monday through Saturday at Sazzy B – paired with an app or cocktail. No cover charge; food and beverage prices vary
  38. Explore the “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963” exhibit at the Civil War Museum (Nov 16 – Jan 13). FREE Exhibit
  39. Jelly Belly Visitor CenterShop for bargains during Deer Widows Weekend (Nov 18-20), the Thanksgiving Weekend Sale (Nov 24-27), and the Presidents’ Day Sale (Feb 17-20) at Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets
  40. Check out the impressive 360° film “Seeing the Elephant” inside the Civil War Museum’s main exhibit The Fiery Trial. Main exhibit $9 & under
  41. Shop for gifts at the 43rd Annual UW-Parkside Winter Arts and Crafts Fair on Nov 19. FREE admission
  42. Devour a tasty six-pack of cupcakes at Robin’s Nest Cakery – mix and match the flavors of the day. $10
  43. Start the holiday season at Lightin’ Up! Downtown, Nov 25. Festivities include the City Tree Lighting, Santa, and much more! FREE
  44. Stroll through Downtown Kenosha and enjoy the bright and colorful holiday window displays following Lightin’ Up. FREE
  45. Skate circles around the indoor RecPlex Ice Arena. $6.50 & under to skate / $3 skate rental
  46. Owners of The Coffee Pot are proud of their Bacon Bloody Mary – come see why. $7
  47. Root, Root, Root for the home team (even in the off season) when you drink your favorite beverage out of a Kenosha Kingfish Pint Glass! $8 at the team store
  48. Watch model trains deliver classic American food at Choo Choo Charlie’s and enjoy a large malt or shake any time of the year! $5.49
  49. Enjoy the Pleasant Prairie Mini Maker Faire at RecPlex on Nov 26 - a showcase of invention and creativity. FREE
  50. Walk, bike, or drive through Kenosha’s four historic districts. FREE
  51. In honor of House of Gerhard’s ChristkindlMarkt on Dec 10, Glühwein in a souvenir mug is available starting after Thanksgiving, while supplies last. Around $9
  52. Enjoy a fun program at one of four Kenosha Public Library locations. FREE
  53. Snack time! Choose from more than 50 popcorn varieties at Sandy’s Popper. Most $1.25-$6.95
  54. Everyone’s raving about the Italian Fries at Ron’s Place! $4.25
  55. Stroll through the Kenosha Sculpture Walk and enjoy nearly a dozen inspiring works of art year round. FREE
  56. Enjoy a variety of holiday events at Durkee Mansion and Anderson Arts Center as part of Christmas at Kemper. Most events FREE
  57. Enjoy Kenosha HarborHoliday – International Market & Festival on Dec 3. This features the Civil War Museum’s Victorian Christmas, Kenosha Public Museum’s International Holiday, Linnea Bakery’s Nordic Corral, and Winter HarborMarket. Most activities FREE
  58. Take your pick from a variety of Panini choices at The Buzz Café. Panini and a side for $9.99
  59. RecPlex Ice ArenaSeniors (ages 60 & over) can enjoy the Kenosha YMCA free of charge on the third Tuesday of every month! FREE
  60. Uke’s Harley-Davidson is Wisconsin’s oldest H-D dealership. Explore its roots at their on-site museum! FREE
  61. Take a brisk 2.3 mile walk around Lake Andrea. FREE
  62. Enjoy “Cars of the Decades” at the Kenosha History Center – the exhibit opens Dec 3. FREE
  63. Be part of the National Audubon Society’s annual bird count - the Kenosha County Christmas Bird Count takes place at Pringle Nature Center on Dec 21. FREE
  64. Enjoy your own sampler selection of wines at Wine Knot! Try any number of wines in 3 oz. portions. $3+/serving
  65. Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you take the METRA train from Chicago to Kenosha. Unlimited ride $8 weekend pass
  66. Aspiring young paleontologists will dig this: Dino Digs are held most Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum. FREE
  67. You can’t go to Brat Stop without having their legendary Bratwurst, served with potato chips! $6.99
  68. Get bead-azzled at Red Rose’s Bead Haven. Advice at this bead shop is always free! Bead prices vary
  69. In January, order, pick up, or view online the new 2017 Kenosha Area Visitors Guide. FREE
  70. Each month, enjoy Second Saturdays with sales, live entertainment, and family activities in Downtown Kenosha. Many FREE activities
  71. From mild to wild, pick up a pair of socks at Mike Bjorn’s Clothing. Most under $10
  72. Frolic and play while your nose gets a chillin’! Cross country ski, snowshoe, or sled at Petrifying Springs Park or Fox River Park. FREE
  73. Enjoy 100% all-natural, raw unfiltered Melissa Honey (made in Kenosha) with one of the many herbal tea offerings at House of Nutrition. Honey $6.50/pound
  74. UW-ParksideGo Fish! The Winter Free Fishing Weekend in Wisconsin is Jan 21-22. No fishing license needed! FREE
  75. Enjoy any of the Wood-Fired Artisan Pizzas at Mangia Wine Bar for half price during Happy Hour (Wednesday - Saturday, 5 - 7 p.m.)! $7.50-8.50
  76. Enjoy the seasonal décor along with delicious Tiramisu at Villa D’Carlo. $5+
  77. The Kenosha Public Museum offers a Travel Adventure Series on select Fridays. Mongolia, the Mediterranean Sea, and our National Parks are among this season’s destinations. $5 & under
  78. Fresh-made Certified Organic Cheddar Biscuits will warm you at the Village Supper Club; served with homemade honey. $3.95
  79. View 100+ classic, exotic, and collectible automobiles at Gateway Classic Cars of Milwaukee - located in Kenosha. FREE to browse 
  80. Create art in the Clay Studio at Lemon Street Gallery! Clay costs $3 per pound
  81. Visit the Annual Winter Juried Exhibition at Anderson Arts Center, Nov 13 – Jan 7. FREE
  82. Also see incredible art at Re:Vision Gallery, ArtWorks, Pollard Gallery, and the Kenosha Art Association - all located in Downtown Kenosha. FREE
  83. Carthage College and UW-Parkside also have amazing art galleries. FREE
  84. At Mike’s Donuts & Chicken, oversized donuts are baked daily with wild and unique toppings and fillings. $1-3
  85. A slice of Kenosha nightlife can be found at Fusion, a Downtown performing arts venue. Many events FREE
  86. Drink like a local! La Fogata Mexican Grill is known for their Margaritas. $4.50+
  87. Enjoy a Root Beer Whirl in a frosted mug during a frosty time of year! The Spot Drive-In is open year round!  $3.68
  88. Make your own customized bracelet or necklace at Peacetree Originals. $5+
  89. Snowshoe through the pristine Bristol Woods Park. FREE admission; $5/pair snowshoe rental
  90. You can’t dine at Kaiser’s Pizza & Pub and not try their famous Beer Nuggets! $6.50 full order
  91. Enjoy Carthage College Family Fun Nights, held most Friday evenings during the school year. FREE themed activities
  92. The Buzz Cafe / Downtown Kenosha Restaurant WeekSee ice sculptures, an ice sculpting demo, and more at the Snow Daze Festival on Feb 18 in Library Park. FREE
  93. Experience great dining and deals during Downtown Kenosha Restaurant Week Feb 18-26. Breakfast and lunch menus $10 (dinner costs more)
  94. Enjoy world-class musicians and concerts on select dates as part of the Fine Arts at First Series. FREE
  95. Relax and watch the sun rise over Lake Michigan. FREE
  96. Visit Seebecks, an American Craft Gallery featuring handcrafted items by regional and national artists. FREE to browse
  97. Start your day with the Farmhouse Breakfast at The Red Oak Restaurant featuring local eggs, homemade pork sausage and breakfast potatoes. $8
  98. 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
  99. At Scoops Ice Cream and Candy, enjoy a tasty, warm bowl of homemade soup. $4.25
  100. The first Friday of each month, stop at the I-94 Visitor Information Center for a fun, informative, and tasty Open House: First Fridays. FREE
  101. Play Trivia on Mondays or Bingo on Wednesdays at The Garage Sports and Burger Bar. FREE to play

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