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Kenosha, WI is home to some fabulous beaches for summertime fun
Kenosha, WI is home to some fabulous beaches for summertime fun
Kenosha, WI is home to some fabulous beaches for summertime fun

“Go to the beach!” is an easy suggestion for something to do in Kenosha this summer. But the question is: which beach? There’s a spot for everyone on Kenosha’s lakefront, so you can visit them all or choose one that appeals to you. There are even inland lakes that offer great beaches, too!

Here’s what I recommend for a fantastic beach day for...

Swimmers and sandcastle builders

Enjoy a sandy beach area at Eichelman Park. This beach is in a “cove” so the waves are usually mild - perfect for little kids. The park also has a playground and bathrooms within sprinting distance from the beach - also perfect for little kids.

Simmons Island Beach is your classic “day at the beach” beach. On a warm summer day, Simmons Island is filled with both local Kenoshans and visitors enjoying this lakefront spot. Stroll on the boardwalk, bring a picnic lunch, and start building your best sandcastle.

Beachcombers

That water can be chilly! Maybe a walk on the beach, rock hunting, or general exploration is more your style. Alford Park Beach and Southport Park Beach feature rocky areas and long stretches of beachfront. The northern section of Alford Park Beach, near Carthage College, often has interesting driftwood structures and rock sculptures made by beachgoers - check them out and get creative making your own.

At Southport, you can keep your adventure going in the Kenosha Dunes. This sand dune area adjacent to Southport Park is part of the Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural Area and offers a not-too-strenuous hike with both great lakefront views and scenic prairie plants and wildlife.

Bikers

Just biking through? The Pike Bike Trail is approximately 10 miles, mostly along Kenosha’s lakefront. In fact, it will take you past all of Kenosha’s beaches! Enjoy the scenery as you ride through, and take a break on the beach.

Grown-Ups

Of course, the beach is for all ages - but if you’re looking for some nightlife, here’s the event for you. Simmons Island Beach will have its third annual Pop-Up Beer Garden, August 8-11 and 15-18. Hosted by Downtown Kenosha, this event features local beers and food vendors and a full line-up of activities from family-friendly to adult-oriented. It is a beer garden, after all!  Pennoyer Park Beach is a wonderful spot to enjoy the sunshine, or listen to some music from the nearby Bandshell later in the day.

Little Ones

When you have little ones in tow, smaller lakes with less waves are often preferable. Silver Lake Park offers lifeguards on duty from 10 a.m. 6 p.m. daily during the summer months, making it a great option for families. Lance Park is situated on Lake Mary and offers a great area splashers and swimmers, as well. This is also the home of the Aquanuts Water Ski Shows, so there is built-in water fun. Lily Lake is another option, with a modest resort and dining nearby, there are always plenty of families with children of all ages.

Find your favorite Kenosha beach this summer - and don’t forget your sunscreen!

Community Blogger Hannah Wallisch

Hannah Wallisch

Community Blogger

Finding local adventures with my husband and 2 kids (4 & 1). Higher Ed./nonprofit professional, amateur baker and gardener. Loves the lakefront and a good book. 

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