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Get Your 10,000 Steps While Enjoying the Kenosha Area

1/24/2017 - Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

Interactive, Lake Michigan, Sports & Outdoors
walkers at Prairie Springs Park
Simmons Island Beach, Lake Michigan, boardwalk, park
shoppers at Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets®

Armed with a digital pedometer or mobile device, counting your daily steps is easy and walking is a great way to contribute to your overall health. It’s also the best way to enjoy many of top attractions in the Kenosha Area. It is suggested that 10,000 steps is a good target number of steps to reach daily for the average person. This loosely translates to about five miles. To some, five miles may sound like a lot — but it is easy when there is plenty to see and do along the way. To others, five miles may just be the start of your fitness day — we encourage you to stop and enjoy all the great things around you while you walk on. Our team has done the “leg work” on the local front to find some great spots to enjoy walks. Here are just a few routes you may enjoy as you work toward your daily walking goals!

LAKE MICHIGAN

This may come as no surprise to you, but the Lake Michigan shoreline, and the many parks that adorn it, comprise the #1 attraction in the Kenosha Area. Nearly 90 percent of our lakefront is publically accessible and features free parking, beaches, bike routes, and yes walking paths! Our first walking route will take you around the Kenosha Harbor to Simmons Island where you can enjoy two lighthouses, the Kenosha History Center, and our most popular beach in the summertime. You’ll continue on through Downtown Kenosha and HarborPark where you’ll find sculptures on display, two museums, and plenty of great photo opportunities. As you head farther south, you’ll pass by Wolfenbuttel Park, which is named for our Sister City in Germany before you circle Library Park (one of our four historic districts). A stroll along Sixth Avenue, the heart of Downtown, will bring you back to the harbor area where you began.

Distance: 4.6 miles

Complete your steps: Visit the Southport Lighthouse, Kenosha Public Museum and Civil War Museum to get a few flights of stairs in! 72 steps to climb the lighthouse, and about two-dozen steps at each of the museums.

PRAIRIE SPRINGS PARK

Spend some time in Pleasant Prairie enjoying the fresh air at Prairie Springs Park. Lake Andrea, located in the center of the park, offers a beach, playgrounds, ball parks, and a beautiful path for skating, biking and, you guessed it, WALKING! One lap around the lake is about 2.3 miles. Take two spins around to reach 4.6 miles. Start at any point you wish and enjoy the trek. This is a great route for those who want a nice even walking path. You won’t have to worry about crossing streets or any additional terrain — great for families! If walking in circles isn’t for you, the nearby, Prairie Farms Trail is another great option for running, biking, and walking.

Distance: 4.6 miles

Complete your steps: Just up the road, Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets offers nearly 100 name brand stores with great deals. A walk around the entire property will get you another 1.4 miles.

SILVER LAKE PARK

Enjoy Kenosha County where you will find parks with more than just places to walk. A must-stop is Silver Lake Park. You can get your steps in while you play disc golf on the Silver Fox course, totaling about 2.6 miles. (If you are bad at disc golf, you’ll be getting more steps in while you chase after your disc!) This 18-hole course has a par of 56, so you can see how you measure up. After the games are done, enjoy a hike through the wooded trails that offer a variety of terrain for a more challenging walk. Enjoy scenic overlook spots, playgrounds, and other sports amenities as you wind your way through the two miles of hiking and walking trails.

Distance: 4.6 miles

Complete your walk: Enjoy an extra stroll along the Silver Lake Beach to relax after the adventurous hike. There are dozens of parks, nature areas, and even more urban spaces to enjoy walking in the Kenosha Area. Get out there and find your favorite while you get your 10,000 steps logged!


Check out these other great nature areas for walking, hiking, biking and more: Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Petrifying Springs Park, Pringle Nature Center, or any of the Kenosha County Dog Parks for play time with your pup.

Related: PETRIFYING SPRINGS PARK, RICHARD BONG STATE RECREATION AREA, PIKE BIKE TRAIL routes

Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

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