National Travel and Tourism Week will next be held May 19-25, 2024. Stay tuned for details.
Each May, seven days are designated as National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) by the U.S. Travel Association. It’s an annual celebration of the U.S. travel industry’s contributions. Tourism plays a significant role when it comes to our community’s economy. Tourism provides jobs, lowers personal taxes, improves our local economy, and provides a positive community image, which is critical for economic development.
In 2023, the week will be recognized Sunday, May 7 through Saturday, May 13. Nationally, the week will spotlight travel’s essential role in stimulating economic growth, cultivating diverse communities, creating fresh job opportunities, inspiring new businesses, and uniting millions of Americans in a fundamental connection — travel. (Learn more at ustravel.org/NTTW)
If you live outside of Kenosha County, we hope to see you in Kenosha this year – whether for a family vacation, marathon, car show, reunion, charter fishing excursion, or weekend getaway. Kenosha is a Wisconsin Harbor Town … a Midwest road trip waiting to happen!
Friendly. Affordable. Fun.
Let us help you find your #KenoshaFun. We have been Kenosha’s official travel resource since 1986 and we invite you to use our tools – including the 2023 Official Kenosha Area Visitors Guide and our website VisitKenosha.com.
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If you live in Kenosha County, we encourage you to Shop Local, Dine Local, and Play Local during this week – and all year round! The same things that visitors love about our community, residents love as well. We thank you for your loyalty in supporting our small, independent, locally owned shops and restaurants who contribute to the local community and economy. These businesses are often family-owned, some for multiple generations. We thank you for frequenting our incredible museums, art galleries, recreation spots, and other attractions as well.
While we promote the Kenosha Area as a fun, friendly, and affordable overnight tourism destination to individuals, groups, and businesses throughout the world – we are also a resource for the community. We encourage everyone to use our website VisitKenosha.com (you're on it!) and the 2023 Official Kenosha Area Visitors Guide to find your #KenoshaFun. The only publication of its kind in the community, the guide has more than 100 pages of useful information, itineraries, travel planning tips, maps, and details about Kenosha fun.
Whether you are planning your leisure time; arranging a visit for out-of-town friends and relatives; bringing a meeting or sporting event here; or planning a wedding, reunion, or other gathering in our community – let us help you!
Did you know the #1 referral source for visitors to the Kenosha Area is family and friends? Let us all be great Kenosha ambassadors!
Don’t miss an event! Bookmark the Visit Kenosha Events Calendar and browse often!
Stay on top of what’s happening by signing up for our Visit Kenosha Monthly Newsletter and/or the weekly EventSource newsletter HERE>
Purchase some Kenosha swag or universal gift cards HERE>
Help us show off the Kenosha Area! Enter pics of your favorite places and spaces to our annual Picture Your Kenosha Photo Contest HERE>
Grab one of our I Heart Kenosha frames to add to the fun of your photography. DETAILS>
Local attractions and shops are providing FREE admission and products during this week for visitors and residents to enjoy. It’s a way to encourage exploration of our community – and to thank people who do explore!
The offers are sponsored by Visit Kenosha and the participating places.
Offers and hours subject to change.
Kenosha Electric Streetcar - Free Ride Day
Everyone rides free today! Hop aboard one of the fleet’s beautifully restored authentic electric streetcars for a scenic trip along the Lake Michigan shore as well as through historic districts and Downtown Kenosha.
No purchase necessary. Value up to $1.
Sunday hours: 10:35 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Stops include the Transit Center, 724 54th Street
Southport Lighthouse - Free Tower Climbs
Climb the 72 steps to the top of Kenosha’s historic 1866 lighthouse and experience a one-of-a-kind view of Lake Michigan and Kenosha. On a clear day, you can even see the Chicago skyline! Must be 8 years or older to climb. It’s always free for all ages to tour the maritime museum inside the lighthouse keeper’s house. The house and lighthouse make up the Southport Light Station Museum.
No purchase necessary. Value up to $10.
May 8 Special Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Address: 5117 4th Avenue on Simmons Island
BONUS: The neighboring Kenosha History Center at 220 51st Place will also be open (normally closed Mondays; always free, donations appreciated).
The Civil War Museum - Free Main Exhibit Admission
All guests receive free admission to The Civil War Museum’s main exhibit “The Fiery Trial”, which is an immersive exhibit with a 360-degree film “Seeing The Elephant”. The exhibit tells the inspiring and personal stories of the soldiers on the war front and family back home in the Midwest. The other areas of the museum are always free.
No purchase necessary. Value up to $9.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Address: 5400 1st Avenue
Peacetree Originals - Choose a healing stone to take home with you.
Visit this Bohemian-style boutique for a free stone. The shop offers a variety of handcrafted or fair-trade apparel accessories, gifts, home decorations, and more.
No purchase necessary. Value $2. Offer available for first 100 people.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Address: 4721 7th Avenue
The Lettering Machine - Free Can Coozie
Prepare for summer concert season and backyard cookouts with a Kenosha can coozie! The Lettering Machine specializes in personalized and branded apparel, as well as custom gifts, swag, and promotional items.
No purchase necessary. Value up to $5. Offer available for first 100 people.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 725 50th Street
RK News Hallmark - Free Greeting Card*
This family-owned shop features Hallmark brand cards, gifts, Keepsake Ornaments, gift wrap, and more. The business also offers magazines and books.
*Up to $3.99. Offer available for first 100 people.
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Address: 5914 B 75th Street
Kenosha County Dog Parks - Free Single Day Admission
Bring your pup to any (or all) of the Kenosha County Dog Parks today and get 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.
Value up to $6.
Please note: while this day is free, dog owners are encouraged to purchase an annual dog park tag. Otherwise, there is a daily fee of $3 for Kenosha County residents and $6 for non-residents, which can be paid at each dog park.
Parks open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Carlisle Family Dog Park, 5555 7th Street
Harris Family Dog Park, 24100 75th Street
Warren Close Bark Park, 35610 89th Street
Stop by the Wisconsin Welcome Center – Kenosha at I-94/41 and Hwy. 165 for free sausage and cheese samples*, courtesy of Brat Stop. At the same time, pick up free travel literature! The location carries approximately 300 guides and brochures for destinations, attractions, and events throughout Wisconsin. Official State Highway Maps produced by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation can also be picked up. Visit Kenosha staffs this center.
*While supplies last.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Address: 10519 120th Avenue
Did you know you can find FREE FUN in Kenosha all year long?
Check out our FUN 101 list at VisitKenosha.com/FUN101 to learn about the many free and affordable attractions, activities, and events here in the Kenosha Area.
We will be choosing 5 winners across Instagram and Facebook!
While enjoying Kenosha in honor of Tourism Week, tag @visitkenosha in a photo between May 7 and May 13, 2023.
Tag your travel buddy in the comments.
Share on your story for an extra entry.
The most visible way Visit Kenosha recognizes Tourism Week is with Tourism Week Free Days. We partner with local attractions and businesses to offer free admission or a free product at a different place each day during the week. It’s a way to thank people for participating in activities and frequenting businesses and attractions that are located in the Kenosha Area. At the same time, it’s an opportunity to make people aware of the variety of things to see and do in Kenosha.
People visit Kenosha for a vacation, to visit family or friends, for business, to participate in a sports event, to attend a special event, and more. Among the events that draw tourists are Wisconsin Marathon, Country Thunder, Taste of Wisconsin, Bristol Renaissance Faire, and car shows. The 2022 Kenosha Homecoming Car Show drew people from around the world; it will be held next in July 2025. In 2023, Uke’s Harley-Davidson’s celebration of Harley-Davidson's 120th Anniversary Homecoming, as well as community events that are being planned in conjunction with Uke’s events, are expected to draw visitors to the area.
Visitor spending in Kenosha County reached its second highest level in 2021. Visitors spent an estimated $231.9 million on travel related expenditures, including lodging, dining, attractions, shopping, special events, recreation, and transportation. Kenosha County ranked 13th out of 72 Wisconsin counties for annual visitor spending. (Economic impact figures for 2022 haven’t been released yet.)
Enjoy Kenosha as if you were an out-of-town visitor experiencing our community for the first time. As you make the daily drive to work, school, or daycare, look around and appreciate what is here. Take the time to frequent our local parks, historic districts, restaurants, shops, museums, art galleries, and other attractions.
In 2021, Kenosha County tourism accounted for 3,084 jobs with $99.6 million in related income. We encourage job seekers to consider employment in the hospitality industry. Tourism is an around-the-clock industry with full time, part time, and seasonal jobs in attractions, restaurants, bars, hotels, shops, and other businesses. There are positions that are for first-time workers, that are flexible, and some that have room for advancement.
Visit Kenosha is a destination marketing organization that has been Kenosha’s official travel resource since 1986. We are a private, 501(c)6 not-for-profit corporation with the sole purpose of enhancing and growing tourism in the Kenosha Area. We work with businesses and attractions that support tourism in our community.