There isn’t much that beats life by the lake. Perhaps that is why Lake Michigan is the #1 attraction in the Kenosha Area. There is something about being at the beach that can take anyone away from life’s everyday demands. The sand between your toes, the smell of sunblock lingering in the air and the sun shining above with no clouds in sight makes for a perfect day that puts you on vacation – even if you’re in your hometown.
"Did you just say sand?" That’s right! Lake Michigan beaches in the City of Kenosha might look rocky during the off season, but they are groomed regularly with beautiful sand for the perfect day on the water. You’ll even find waves that are strong enough for parasailing and surfing at times. No wonder Lake Michigan is referred to as the third coast! So what’s the scoop on the beaches?
Here is a quick guide to some of the best places to catch a wave or soak up some sun:
- Alford Park and Beach is the northern most public beach in Kenosha. Here you’ll find amazing beach glass, rock cairns (stacked rocks) created by beach-goers, and if you’re lucky you might even see an archway constructed from driftwood. This stretch of lakefront screams “coastal highway” and is a beautiful place to drive or park to enjoy the view, too.
- Eichelman Park and Beach is the premiere place for family fun. With a spacious park that is lined with shade trees, there is plenty of space for a picnic or cookout. The playground is a bonus for families looking to spend the whole day outdoors. The beach itself is protected by a small jetty, making it a calmer area for splashing.
- Pennoyer Park and Beach is a beautiful area with open access to the lake. On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, you can hear music from the Sesquicentennial Bandshell as you dip your toes into the refreshing waters of Lake Michigan.
- Old Settlers Park is located in western Kenosha County. The 17-acre park includes grills, a dog park, picnic tables, a playground, washroom facilities, and a beautiful beach to swim at. Being an inland lake, the waters are warmer than Lake Michigan, making it perfect for families with small kids.
- Lance Park in western Kenosha County is home to the Aquanut Water Ski team. You can enjoy FREE ski shows on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer. There is a small boat launch, fishing pier, and even basketball hoops nearby. You’ll feel like you are truly up north at this community beach.
- Silver Lake Park is a large, 260-acre park that makes it a destination for visitors. There are bike paths, a disc golf course, and a stunning beach area (with lifeguards on duty). There is a small fee to access the beach, but with washroom facilities, fishing areas, grills, and kayak/paddleboard rentals available, the amenities and convenience are well worth the per vehicle charge. This is in western Kenosha County.
- Simmons Island Park and Beach is a popular destination along Lake Michigan thanks to the nearby park, museums, and restaurant. A boardwalk connects beachgoers to the pier to take photos by the North Pier Lighthouse (also known as THE RED ONE!). Parking is free and there is plenty of space to spread out, set up your own volleyball net, and picnic. Two playgrounds are nearby to keep the kids entertained as well.
- Southport Park and Beach is a smaller space on Lake Michigan in a more residential area. The play area, walking and biking paths, and connection to the Kenosha Sand Dunes make it a fantastic place to go exploring!
There are additional inland lakes and rivers to enjoy, as well as waterways for kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. You’ll have fun exploring all the ways to enjoy the bodies of water here.
If you prefer a pool – visit Anderson Park or Washington Park. Both public pools (open select days) are staffed with lifeguards and feature fun amenities like waterslides! Splash pads can be found at HarborPark and Roosevelt Park, too, for a refreshing romp through cool cascading water. The splash pads are wonderful for parents with small children not quite ready to swim yet.
Find more information about our area beaches, pools, and splash pads, go HERE>
Learn about kayak, duck-themed pedal boat, aquacycle trikes, and stand up paddle board rentals in the harbor HERE>
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