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

SPRING/SUMMER 2014

  1. FUN101 brochureTake me out to the ball game! The brand new Kenosha Kingfish baseball team takes the field for the first time at Simmons Field on May 31. $8+
  2. Kenosha HarborMarket moves outdoors May 17. Enjoy 120+ vendors of organic produce, cheeses, artisan bakery goods, crafts, and much more. Plus live music and chef demos! FREE to browse
  3. Bring your favorite 4-legged friend to run and play at Ingram Park Dog Park, Carlisle Family Dog Park, Harris Family Dog Park, or Warren Close Bark Park. $2-5
  4. Make friends at the dog park by stopping for a natural dog bone or a biscuit at K9 Kibble. $1.69 pig ear, 50₵ biscuit, $1.50 biscuit with yogurt frosting
  5. Meet you at the lake! Bring the sunscreen and a beach towel … we have FIVE beaches along Lake Michigan! (no lifeguards on duty) FREE
  6. Bring your empty jugs to fill up with pure, natural spring water at the artesian well spigot at Petrifying Springs Park. FREE
  7. Can you say “yummy”? Free Jelly Belly jelly bean samples, free made-on-site fudge samples, and free train tours are at Jelly Belly Visitor Center! FREE
  8. Stop to see live animals and hands-on exhibits inside Richard Bong State Recreation Area’s Visitor Center, then head out birding. $7-10 per vehicle park entrance fee, Center is FREE
  9. Take the kids for a fun pedal boat ride on Lake Andrea! $8-10
  10. Try for an ace or a birdie on the disc golf course at UW-Parkside or Fox River Park. FREE
  11. Enjoy a walking tour of Kenosha’s four National Register Historic Districts. FREE
  12. Go Fish! Two weekends each year, you can fish in Wisconsin without a fishing license. The summer free fishing weekend is June 7-8. FREE
  13. Mama Mia! Italian sausage never tasted so good! Tenuta’s outdoor grill will have your mouth watering. $3.50
  14. Revamp your spring and summer wardrobe with a shopping spree at Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets. Pick up a coupon book for even greater deals. $5 coupon book / Get coupon for a free book here
  15. Enjoy a beautiful self-guided tour through Kemper Center's Durkee Mansion, which was built in the 1860’s on the Lake Michigan shore. FREE
  16. Take advantage of the Super Twilight rate when walking 9 holes at Petrifying Springs Golf Course or Brighton Dale Links. $10
  17. Ready to perform an ollie, along with slides, grinds, and flip tricks? Anderson Park is home to an 11,000 square foot concrete skatepark for skateboards, scooters, roller blades, and bikes. FREE
  18. Cheer on the hardy athletes that are racing 26.2 or 13.1 miles in the Wisconsin Marathon on May 3. It’s one big, cheesy party!! FREE to watch
  19. Take your bike and follow the mile-long Silver Lake Ice House Trail at Silver Lake Park. $1 entry fee for bikes Memorial Day – Labor Day
  20. Before or after a Kenosha Kingfish game, stop across the street at Twisted Cuisine for their Goat Cheese & Honey Cheesecake, or another equally divine dessert. $6
  21. Check out the amazing new 360° film “Seeing the Elephant” inside the Civil War Museum’s main exhibit The Fiery Trial. Main exhibit $5-9 / FREE for ages 15 & under
  22. Come get down on the farm! The Kenosha County Dairy Breakfast is June 14. $6 & under
  23. Civil War MuseumSavor a Lemon Ice or Lemon Ice Cooler at Culver’s Pleasant Prairie, while playing the large outdoor chess set (ask for the pieces at the counter). $2-5 for treat; FREE to play chess
  24. The Transparent Watercolor Society of America presents the 38th Annual National Juried Exhibition at the Kenosha Public Museum, May 10 – August 10. FREE
  25. Spend Saturday night at the racetrack! On select dates, Wilmot Raceway offers Family Nights, which are a bargain! $10 & under
  26. Just dig in! Aspiring young paleontologists will love Dino Digs, most Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum. FREE
  27. Devour a double cheeseburger, fries or onion rings and a large, frosty mug of homemade Rootbeer at The Spot Drive-In. $8.87
  28. Splish! Splash! Fly down the 200-foot long water slide at Washington Park Pool or Anderson Park Pool. $5 & under
  29. Hear that train whistle? The Civil War Museum and Kenosha Public Museum host a Train Extravaganza Weekend May 31 and June 1, with model trains on display and train programs. FREE
  30. Stay cool as you skate around the indoor RecPlex Ice Arena. $6 & under
  31. LOL! The Kenosha Public Museum features the “More Than Funny 2” exhibit with comic art by significant Wisconsin artists, June 7  - September 27. FREE
  32. Checkmate! Relax and enjoy one of the chess tables in Petrifying Springs Park and Fox River Park. FREE
  33. Enjoy reading on a park bench in Union Park – bring a tablet to read your favorite downloaded books (free wi-fi in the park), or borrow a book from the Little Free Library at the corner of the park. FREE
  34. Nature enthusiasts need to visit Chiwaukee Prairie, which is considered an ecological gem. In addition to birding, there are more than 400 plant species to photograph. FREE
  35. Let the kids cool off with a visit to HarborPark’s splash pad area. FREE
  36. Photo op I: The 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, has a statue in Library Park. FREE
  37. Photo op II: Visit the Christopher Columbus fountain in HarborPark. FREE
  38. HarborPark - Kenosha Sculpture WalkPhoto op III: Have your camera out as you stroll along the picturesque Kenosha Sculpture Walk to view such sculptures as “Vortex”, “My Pi”, “Free to Fly”, and more. FREE
  39. Photo op IV: Don’t miss one of Kenosha’s most recognized landmarks – the red Pierhead Lighthouse. Post with the hashtag #KenoshaFun for your photo to appear on our Social Lounge. FREE
  40. Swim in Lake Andrea, or build a sand castle on the beach. Lifeguards are on duty in the summer. $4-7 daily beach pass
  41. Enjoy amazing stunts on water as the very talented performers of the Aquanut Water Shows do their thing on Lake Mary twice a week. FREE
  42. Get jazzy on the Lake Michigan shore! The Twilight Jazz concert series takes place on select Tuesday evenings on the lawn of Anderson Arts Center. FREE
  43. Experienced clay-users can enjoy The Clay Studio inside Lemon Street Gallery. Clay costs $3 per pound
  44. Join Downtown Kenosha businesses the Second Saturday of each month for live music, art exhibitions, family entertainment, specials, and more. FREE
  45. Go organic! Enjoy a Sol Wellness Shot, such as an Organic Wheatgrass or Organic Ginger Shot at Sol D’Licious Café, a Vegetarian, Vegan & Raw Café. $1.95
  46. Walk, bike, run, or rollerblade along Prairie Springs Park’s 2.3 mile scenic path around Lake Andrea. Extend your workout on the Prairie Farms Trail. FREE
  47. Don’t miss All You Can Eat Pizza at Kaiser’s Pizza & Pub, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. $5.25 per person with a purchase of a drink, dine-in only
  48. Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you take the METRA train from Chicago to Kenosha. $7 weekend pass
  49. Fireworks light up the sky! Fireworks, music, and more fill the Independence Day schedule along our Lake Michigan shore. FREE
  50. Ladies, show off those nails at the beach parties this summer! Get your finger nails polished at Utopia Nails & Spa. $9 ($7 if cash)
  51. Who’s Hungry?! Head to Taste of Wisconsin™ for delicious Wisconsin foods and beverages, along with live music, chef demos, and family activities (July 25-27). FREE admission
  52. Reserve Tuesday nights for the Tuesdays at the Shell series, July 8 – August 26. A variety of musical genres are presented during the season. FREE
  53. Southport LighthouseStand tall! Climb the 72 steps of the 1866 Southport Lighthouse. $10 & under
  54. Anderson Arts Center welcomes the League of Milwaukee Artists and Chicago Society of Artists for exhibits this summer. FREE
  55. Attend A Salute To Freedom, featuring an 1864 Encampment and Soldiers Aid Fair, inside and outside the Civil War Museum on June 21. FREE
  56. Try out the brand new Silver Fox Disc Golf Course at Silver Lake Park (opening August 29, 2014). FREE
  57. The Friends of the Museums present the 50th Annual Art Fair on July 20 at the Kenosha Public Museum and Civil War Museum. FREE admission
  58. Learn about local shipwrecks, as well as the history of our lighthouse keepers, shipping and commercial fishing at the Southport Light Station Museum. Suggested $1-2 donation
  59. Enjoy the Kenosha Art Association’s monthly Pop Up Gallery during Downtown Kenosha’s Second Saturday. FREE
  60. Listen to live Kenosha Pops concerts under the stars at the Sesquicentennial Bandshell. FREE
  61. Watch thrilling bicycle races at the Washington Park Velodrome. FREE
  62. Before or after the velodrome bicycle races, head to nearby Big Star Drive-In. Hamburgers for everyone! 99 cents each
  63. You can go home again! The Kenosha History Center welcomes Kenosha-made cars home for a reunion, when the Kenosha Homecoming Car Show takes place July 26 (with events leading up to it). FREE for spectators
  64. Immerse yourself in the Colonial through Western Fur Trade era of the 1740s through 1840s at the 16th Annual Pike River Rendezvous August 2-3. FREE
  65. All ages enjoy getting artsy at Alpaca Art Pottery Painting. $7 studio fee plus the cost of your pottery ($3+)
  66. Find Tripp the Tourist, the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s 3-foot-tall traveling mascot. Submit your photo with him and you could win a prize! FREE
  67. Take in a breathtaking view of sailboats in the harbor while you lunch at Harborside Common Grounds. Prices vary
  68. It’s a date! Meet your friends at Veterans Memorial Park for the Peanut Butter & Jam Concert Series. Two concerts take place each Thursday, July 10 – August 28. FREE
  69. 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. $1.50 cupcake + $1.50 topping bar
  70. Join a group of bicyclists for the Saturday Common Grounds Coffee Ride with Southport Rigging Bikes & Boards. FREE   
  71. Enjoy our scenic Lake Michigan shore from the seat of an authentic Electric Streetcar. $1 & under
  72. Enjoy great food, attractions, entertainment, and more at the 94th Annual Kenosha County Fair, August 13-17! $9 & under
  73. Kenosha's Electric StreetcarsAt Scoops! Ice Cream, enjoy a scoop or two or three, a hand-dipped shake or malt, or an old fashioned float made with Al Capone's family secret soda. Prices vary
  74. Get your art here! The Good Old Summertime Art Fair is June 1, while the UW-Parkside Summer Arts and Crafts Festival is June 28. FREE admission
  75. Come see what’s cooking on the grill! Enjoy great grilling, food, and music at Grill Games, August 22-23. FREE admission
  76. Visit the Kenosha History Center’s new permanent exhibit: Kenosha’s "Lost Industries" from the 1850s thru 1970s. Suggested $1-2 donation
  77. A star of Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives”, the Garbage Plate awaits you at Franks Diner! $8.55+
  78. Enjoy a game of Shuffleboard at Public Craft Brewing. FREE
  79. Enjoy a scenic bike ride on the Pike Bike Trail or the Kenosha County Bike Trail. FREE
  80. 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
  81. The famous “backroom” offers amazing savings at the Jockey Factory Store in Downtown Kenosha. Prices vary
  82. 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
  83. Don’t miss fresh from the farm produce at one of Kenosha’s five Farmer’s Markets (in addition to Kenosha HarborMarket). FREE to browse
  84. Head over to Pollard Gallery and spot portraits of celebrities. FREE
  85. Relax and watch an amazing sunrise over Lake Michigan. FREE
  86. Reflect at the Veteran’s Memorial Fountain and Lone Soldier Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park. FREE
  87. Fly those kites high in the sky! The Outta Sight Kite Flight is June 7-8 at Kennedy Park. FREE
  88. Wednesday is Senior Discount Day at Sandy’s Popper! Prices vary, 15% off entire purchase for seniors
  89. Many car shows take place during a Kenosha summer, including the Kenosha Classic Cruise-In in Downtown on August 30. FREE for car owners and spectators
  90. Enjoy Kanelbulle, a Swedish pretzel-esque cinnamon pastry at Linnea Bakery. $2.99; with large coffee $5
  91. Walk through the woods at Bristol Woods Park. FREE
  92. “A House Divided: Illinois and the Civil War” is the featured special exhibit at the Civil War Museum, April 19 – October 19. This exhibit is FREE
  93. Enjoy a Nachos Supreme appetizer on the deck of Breakwater Bar & Grill at the Kenosha Yacht Club, while watching Kenosha Community Sailing Center lessons in the harbor. $9
  94. While browsing through Downtown Kenosha, stop in for the signature Polar Vortex - a blended Mocha Frappe - at the new Galley Coffee Café inside Forever Grateful Resale Boutique and Art Gallery. $4
  95. Enjoy an entertaining and educational program at a Kenosha Public Library branch. FREE
  96. Find your favorite childhood video game at Inner Child Comics & Collectibles and try it out! Many under $10 / FREE to try
  97. Re-live a memory or make a new one as you enjoy an old-fashioned red raspberry soda at the historic Jack’s Café inside Andrea’s. $3.95
  98. Smell the flowers at Wolfenbuttel Park! Take a stroll, enjoy a picnic, or sit for a spell at this park next to Lake Michigan. FREE
  99. Try all six craft beers Rustic Road Brewing Company has on tap plus their Rambler Root Beer. $8.50
  100. Stop at Sazzy B on a Wednesday night for this special: $10 Big Bowls of specialty pasta, with new pasta combinations each week. $10
  101. Spend your Sunday browsing through the Wilmot Mountain Flea Market (April 13 into November). $1 & under

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