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Our Communities

Kenosha County encompasses the City of Kenosha along with 11 villages and towns that together create a welcoming sense of place here in southeastern Wisconsin. From the magnificent shore of Lake Michigan on its eastern border to a rural countryside to the west, you’ll find an array of diverse and unique communities to explore.

Known for their friendly people and one-of-a-kind experiences, our Kenosha County communities offer not only a great place to visit and play, but also to live, work, and invest in. The Kenosha Area CVB is proud to partner with our local municipalities, as well as the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce, Kenosha Area Business Alliance and other organizations, to invite visitors from around the world to experience all that Kenosha County offers.

 

 

City of Kenosha

The City of Kenosha is Wisconsin’s fourth largest city and has the unique fortune of being bordered by the magnificent Lake Michigan. With a population approaching 100,000, it’s right in the middle of opportunity, offering small town charm balanced with urban conveniences and big city amenities close by in Chicago and Milwaukee. You’ll hardly want for those other cities, though, with Kenosha’s miles of beaches, parks and promenades inviting you to enjoy the lakefront lifestyle all year-round. Kenosha’s harbor is home to a thriving sport fishing industry, sailing and boating opportunities, and one of the Great Lakes’ last wooden schooners Tall Ship Red Witch. Kenosha is proud to welcome a fleet of visiting ships in 2019, as the Kenosha Tall Ships® festival debuts Aug. 1-4. Throughout the spring and summer months, weekends are filled with festivals and fairs, outdoor concerts and classic car shows paying homage to the city’s rich auto-making history. Its flourishing arts scene is evident in the many galleries, performance venues and cultural events that celebrate creativity and collaboration. Kenosha’s public museum system is among its gems, featuring the Kenosha Public Museum, The Civil War Museum and Dinosaur Discovery Museum, each a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate offering world-class exhibits and programming.

With its central location between Chicago and Milwaukee along Interstate 94/41, Kenosha is a progressive, business-friendly community that’s home to several major corporations including Jockey International, Uline, Snap-on and Amazon. You may also recognize some famous names who hail from Kenosha, including actors Mark Ruffalo, Daniel J. Travanti and Don Ameche, as well as famed actor, writer, director and producer, Orson Welles. Professional athletes Trae Waynes, Melvin Gordon III and Alan Ameche are also from Kenosha.

 

 


Village of Bristol

An example of Kenosha County’s beautiful rural communities, the Village of Bristol is located just west of Interstate 94/41 among pristine lakes and nature areas, rolling farmlands and a peaceful country atmosphere. Immerse yourself in nature at the sprawling Bristol Woods Park, offering more than four miles of scenic hiking trails and free programs for all ages at the Pringle Nature Center. The Village has also earned a reputation as one of the region’s most popular equestrian communities with its stunning horse farms and competition facilities. Riders from all over the region travel to Bristol to participate in equestrian events and enjoy the community’s many offerings. Perhaps Bristol’s most notable — and noble — attractions is the award-winning Bristol Renaissance Faire. This 30-acre recreation of a 16th century English hamlet offers you a truly unique opportunity to step back in time to when knights, jousters, lords and queens reveled in delicious food, music, art and dance. Each summer, visitors from across the U.S. visit the Faire for this truly immersive experience.

 

 

Town of Wheatland

The Town of Wheatland offers visitors and local residents many ways to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. The scenic Fox River is a significant natural resource here, offering easy access and picture-perfect conditions for canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Enjoy hunting, hiking or bird and wildlife watching at the 1,226-acre New Munster Wildlife Area. Wheatland is also home to two lakes, Lily Lake and Powers Lake, which are popular spots for fishing, swimming and boating in summer and ice fishing in the winter. Lily Lake Resort is an ideal destination for a fun and relaxing lake vacation. Its private sand beach, boat rentals and lakeside firepit create the perfect backdrop for a memorable family getaway.

 

 

For more information about these and other communities within Kenosha County, Wisconsin, go to KenoshaCounty.org/1126/Municipalities.