Ahhh, August Family Fun!

8/12/2019 - Megan Jankiewicz

Kenosha Summer Free Fun

Ah, August. That time of the summer when the days have gotten long and the budget has gotten small. There are school supplies to be purchased, but still a lot of summer fun to be had. Here are five free (or nearly-free) activities to enjoy in Downtown Kenosha! 

  1. Head to Simmons Island Park: The end of summer can be hot. Being able to take a dip into Lake Michigan is a great way to ease the heat. There is no cost to use Simmons Island Park. Free parking is available at the beach, making it a great place to stick your feet in the beautiful sand or to take a dip in the cool water! With plenty of things to enjoy like playground equipment, the Kenosha History Center and Southport Light Station Museum, a boardwalk, and the Kenosha Sailing Center, this park has it all!
  2. Explore HarborPark: If the beach is not your thing, HarborPark might be just the place. The views of the lake and the flower gardens are amazing here. Plus, there are plenty of places to stop and have a picnic lunch. HarborPark also includes a playground with sand and a free splashpad, as well as the Kenosha Sculpture Walk which is free to view and enjoy. 
  3. Check out the Kenosha Public Museum: If the heat is too much, take a trip inside the Kenosha Public Museum. Highlights of the museum include a woolly mammoth discovered in Kenosha County, an interactive exhibit entitled From Curiosity to Science, and the Field Station, which includes many hands-on activities for children. Admission is completely free and the whole museum is family-friendly. 
  4. Take a Ride on the Electric Streetcar: Ok, so this one isn’t totally free. The cost for the street car is $1 for anyone 13 and up. 50-cents for children 5-12. Children under 5 are free. There are seven fully restored Electric Streetcars that were originally used in the 1950s in several different cities across the country. Each one travels a 2-mile loop, giving passengers an opportunity to see parks and the lake front from a unique vantage point and get from one part of the lakefront to the other in style. Head out on different days and try to ride them all before summer is over. 
  5. Search for Painted Rocks: Kenosha has a large community of rock painters and hunters! These painted rocks are easy and fun to create and hide at parks to bring a smile to someone else’s face. There is a good chance that you will find one hiding in any of these downtown locations. Whether you are hiding or finding, it is a great, and very close to free, way to spend a summer afternoon! Check out the Facebook groups Kenosha Rocks to learn more. 
Community Blogger Megan Jankiewicz

Megan Jankiewicz

Community Blogger

WI Transplant - grew up south of the state line. Enjoys adventuring with her husband and 2 daughters all over Kenosha County. Loves to craft, read, and run in whatever free time she can find.