Each May, seven days are designated as National Travel and Tourism Week by the U.S. Travel Association. This year, the week will be recognized Sunday, May 1 through Saturday, May 7. Tourism provides jobs, lowers personal taxes, improves our local economy, and provides a positive community image, which is critical for economic development. Locally, Visit Kenosha celebrates the week with free promotions.
Visit Kenosha is partnering with local attractions, shops, and cafes to provide FREE admission and other freebies during this week. We encourage residents to “Be A Tourist In Your Own Town”, while visitors can discover – and/or re-discover – the fun things there are to explore in the Kenosha Area as they take advantage of these free promotions.
Find the specific details of the offers (including locations, hours, and the fine print) at VisitKenosha.com/TourismWeek. Here’s the general information:
Sunday, May 1, you can ride the Electric Streetcar for free. Enjoy a scenic trip along the Lake Michigan shore as well as through historic districts and Downtown Kenosha.
Monday, May 2, is a day for the dogs. The three dog parks in the Kenosha County Parks system will offer free single day admission. The parks are Carlisle Family Dog Park at Petrifying Springs Park, Harris Family Dog Park at Old Settlers Park, and Warren Close Bark Park at Kenosha County Veterans Memorial Park. Dogs must have current license/vaccinations. PLUS, visit K9 Kibble for a Free Large Biscuit for your dog on May 2.
Tuesday, May 3, The Civil War Museum offers free admission to its main exhibit “The Fiery Trial”, which is an immersive exhibit with a 360-degree film “Seeing The Elephant”.
Wednesday, May 4, enjoy one free coffee at these three locations: The Buzz Café, Harborside Common Grounds, and The Daily Dose Café. Details vary by location.
Thursday, May 5, free tower climbs will be offered at the 1866 Southport Lighthouse, which is part of the seasonal Southport Light Station Museum. Must be 8 years or older to climb.
Friday, May 6, free GPS and Explorer Backpack rentals will be offered at Pringle Nature Center, which is located at Bristol Woods Park. Check out a pre-programmed GPS unit to hunt for Geocaches in the park, or a family-friendly Explorer Backpack filled with all the tools you need for a fun exploration. First come-first serve.
Saturday, May 7, get a free pack of seeds at Feed & Seed. Located at 7115 38th Street, it’s owned and operated by Jerry Smith Produce & Pumpkin Farm.
Visit Kenosha has been Kenosha’s official travel resource since 1986. While the organization’s mission is to bring visitors to the community, it’s also a resource for residents. When looking for #KenoshaFun, locals are encouraged to use VisitKenosha.com and the Official Kenosha Area Visitors Guide.
Also, Visit Kenosha operates two Visitor Information Centers that offer literature, maps, resources, and friendly advice. The locations are: 600 52nd Street, Suite 140 in the Harborview Office Center in Downtown Kenosha (Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and at I-94/41 and Hwy. 165 in the Wisconsin Rest Area. The I-94 location stocks a wide variety of visitors guides and brochures for destinations throughout Wisconsin. This time of year, it’s staffed seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.