Just Park It Right Here

6/18/2019 - Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

Family-Friendly, Sports & Outdoors
Lincoln Park Live Music Series
exterior of nature center building, Pringle Nature Center, Bristol Woods Park
kids playing at Kenosha Dream Playground at Petzke Park
Petrifying Springs Park Biergarten Oktoberfest
Wolfenbuttel Park at Lake Michigan, girls on swing

The KENOSHA COUNTY PARKS system offers more than 1,500 acres of managed recreational land at eight parks. Meanwhile, the City of Kenosha has 70 park and conservation sites — making up approximately 1,000 acres of land. Towns and villages throughout the county also have their own parks. When you add it all up, along with a state recreation area — that’s a whole lot of land for visitors to play on! Here’s a sampling of the unique amenities at just a few of the parks:

BRISTOL WOODS PARK is home to the Pringle Nature Center, which provides environmental education. Here, you can rent family-friendly explorer backpacks, GPS units pre-programmed with the Geocaches located in the park, and snowshoes. You can also borrow guidebooks and binoculars — at no charge — to use on your hike through Bristol Woods. In May 2019, Boundless Adventures — a six-acre, eco-friendly aerial adventure park — opened at Bristol Woods Park.

FOX RIVER PARK OVERNIGHT LODGE is now available for overnight camp accommodations for scouts and other civic groups. Renovations to the building — which was first built and utilized by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s — were completed last year. It can sleep up to 22 people. The park is a great place to play disc golf, fish, or access the Fox River Water Trail.

KENOSHA DREAM PLAYGROUND is the city’s first inclusive, 100% accessible playground. Located at Petzke Park, the playground is a one-of-a-kind custom-built 15,000 square foot play space for people of all abilities. Approximately 3,000 volunteers came together over the course of 10 days in the summer of 2015 to make this dream come true.

PETRIFYING SPRINGS PARK is the oldest park in the county parks system. It’s home to a golf course, an off-leash dog park, trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, an artesian well, and more. It was at this park in 2017 that a beer garden was introduced at a Kenosha County park for the first time. Named the Petrifying Springs Biergarten, it’s open seasonally with family-friendly activities.

RICHARD BONG STATE RECREATION AREA broke ground in 2018 on its Nature Explore Classroom, a play area for people of all ages, abilities, and sensitivities. The new attraction will be opening in stages in 2019, and will have 11 “classroom” areas when finished. The goal is to connect children and their families with nature in a safe, fun environment that allows them to become comfortable enough to explore nature on their own.

SILVER LAKE PARK is home to 10 miles of single track and multi-use trails suitable for mountain bikers. Multi-use trails — also open for hikers, cross country skiers, and dog walkers — offer views of the lake. The park features a disc golf course, fishing and boating on the lake, and swimming at a family-friendly beach.

While WASHINGTON PARK has your typical park features — playground, basketball courts — it also has a swimming pool, skatepark, nine-hole golf course, and a bicycle track called a velodrome. The Washington Park Velodrome opened in 1927, is the oldest operating velodrome in the country, and is the only one in the state. It’s a 333-meter track with 28-degree banked corners.

WOLFENBÜTTEL PARK and LINCOLN PARK are both popular locations for wedding ceremonies due to their beautiful flower gardens. Summer concerts also take place at the parks. Lincoln Park has the Warren Tyler Memorial Flower Garden and a lagoon. Wolfenbüttel Park, beside Lake Michigan, is named for Wolfenbüttel, Germany, which has been Kenosha’s Sister City since 1970.

Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

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