First Timer vs. Old Pro
Whether you’re planning your first or tenth visit to Kenosha, we welcome you to our harbor town. We know there’s never enough time on a vacation to see everything. That’s why we’ve come up with this quick guide to help you prioritize!
The First Timer
This is your first trip to Kenosha and you are probably eager to see all that you can during your visit. To get an overall feel for our community, here are a few items for your MUST DO list…
With nearly 90 percent of our Lake Michigan shoreline being publicly accessible, you won’t want to miss seeing this Great Lake. Climb aboard one of our Electric Streetcars to cruise the lakefront in style. And don’t miss the sunrise over the water!
Kenosha Public Museum
The Kenosha Public Museum’s main exhibit, The Wisconsin Story, will introduce you to how our community was formed by glacial migration, the first inhabitants, and how our Schaefer and Hebior Mammoths are rewriting history books! If you have time, visit The Civil War Museum next door. Yes, we have a Civil War museum in Kenosha, Wisconsin!
Kenosha HarborMarket has been a staple in the area for two decades. Kenosha Public Market in Downtown Kenosha is the newest market addition. Both offer fresh produce, baked goods, local meats and cheeses, and more - year-round on Saturdays.
Bristol Renaissance Faire
One of the most immersive experiences in the Kenosha Area is the Ren Faire. Grab a turkey leg, curtsey to the Queen, and prepare for a lot of 16th Century merriment! Huzzah!
Explore the area from the treetops! That’s right, enjoy a ropes course, as you climb and zip through the greenery at Boundless Adventures.
The Old Pro - Repeat Visitor
You don’t live here, but you’re a frequent flyer. You probably know about the previously mentioned attractions. You can point your friends in the right direction of good local eats and you know about the mammoths. There is always something more to explore though. What should you check out on your next Kenosha visit?
Southport Light Station Museum
Take your Kenosha sight-seeing to new heights. Climb the 72 steps to the top of the Southport Lighthouse for amazing views of Lake Michigan, Downtown Kenosha, and even the Chicago skyline on a clear day. While at this museum, go 300 more feet to the Kenosha History Center, and learn about Kenosha’s automotive history.
Kenosha Charter Boat Association
If you’ve explored Lake Michigan from land, it is time for you to get your sea legs! Book a charter fishing outing with the Kenosha Charter Boat Association. You’ll learn a lot about Lake Michigan’s fishing history, the ecosystems in the lake, and how to catch, clean, and cook Lake Trout, Coho Salmon, and more!
Kenosha Community Sailing Center
Another way to get out on the water is aboard a standup paddle board, kayak, or duck-themed pedal boat at the Kenosha Community Sailing Center! Rentals are available through the summer.
Explore Western Kenosha County a bit by catching an auto race in Wilmot. This dirt track features races on Saturday nights May through September. You’ll see Sprints, Street Stocks, Modified cars, and more.
Since you like to visit so often, root for the Home Team! The Kenosha Kingfish team is part of a collegiate baseball league that plays at Historic Simmons Field - the same field where the All-American Girls Professional Baseball Team, the Kenosha Comets, played in the 1940s and 1950s.
View or request a FREE Kenosha Area Visitors Guide HERE and start planning your getaway!