Wednesday, May 20, 2015

101 Fun Things to Do in Kenosha, Wisconsin

  • Southport Light Station Museum with the Southport Lighthouse

101 Things to See & Do for $10 & Under in the Kenosha Area: Many are FREE!

  1. FUN 101 in the Kenosha AreaTry for an ace or a birdie on the disc golf course at UW-Parkside, Fox River Park, or Silver Lake Park. FREE
  2. One of the best views of Lake Michigan is from the top of the 1866 Southport Lighthouse! $10 & under to climb   
  3. Bring your favorite 4-legged friend to run and play at K9 Korner Dog Park, Ingram Park Dog Park, Carlisle Family Dog Park, Harris Family Dog Park, or Warren Close Bark Park. FREE to $5, depending on park
  4. Enjoy the Twilight Jazz Free Concert Series beside Lake Michigan at Anderson Arts Center: June 30, July 7, July 21, July 28 and August 25. FREE
  5. Take an Electric Streetcar ride along our beautiful Lake Michigan shore. $1 & under
  6. Orson Welles spent the first five years of his life here, so Kenosha celebrates his 100th birthday with many events in May. FREE to nominal fee depending on event
  7. A Kenosha tradition for 14 years, enjoy the Peanut Butter & Jam Concert Series on Thursdays, July 9 – August 27. FREE
  8. Meet you at the lake! Bring the sunscreen and a beach towel … we have FIVE beaches along Lake Michigan! FREE
  9. Visit Wisconsin’s oldest Harley-Davidson dealership, and one of the oldest in the world! Uke’s Harley-Davidson shares 85 years of history in its museum. FREE
  10. Come see what’s happening in Downtown Kenosha! Enjoy promotions, entertainment, and family activities during Second Saturdays. Many activities are FREE
  11. Enjoy free cheese samples, along with free photo ops (i.e. giant outdoor sign, Isabella the 60-year-old cow, the giant mouse) at Mars’ Cheese Castle. FREE
  12. Join King Elvis the First, the “Dancing Elvi” dancing grounds crew, oh yeah, and some baseball players as well at historic Simmons Field this summer! Go Kenosha Kingfish! June 28 is VisitKenosha Day at the ballpark. $8+
  13. The Civil War Museum is offering the 2015 Blue Star Museum Military Discount, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Active military and their families receive free admission to the main exhibit! FREE
  14. Enjoy Tuesdays at the Shell, an outdoor concert series held in July and August at the Sesquicentennial Bandshell. FREE
  15. Here’s where to go on a hot summer day: the indoor RecPlex Ice Arena. Temperature on the ice is 40 to 45 degrees. $6.50 & under to skate / $3 skate rental
  16. Add some spring to your step with a shopping spree at Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets. Save even more when you pick up a coupon book. $5 coupon book / Get a coupon for a free coupon book here
  17. Be amazed at an Aquanut Water Show. FREE
  18. Hike over the river and through the woods at Petrifying Springs Park - the oldest park in the Kenosha County park system. FREE
  19. You can find more than 150 vendors at Kenosha HarborMarket during the summer! The Saturday market returns outdoors on May 16; until then you can find it at Rhode Center for the Arts. FREE to browse
  20. Enjoy Carthage College Family Fun Nights, held most Friday evenings during the school year. FREE to $1
  21. Go behind the scenes into artists’ studios during the get bEHIND the aRTS Studio Tour, April 24-26. FREE preview party April 24, $5 studio tour April 25-26
  22. The Kenosha Pops Concert Band has been entertaining Kenosha for more than 90 years. Join them Wednesday evenings, June 17 – August 5 at the Sesquicentennial Bandshell. FREE
  23. Stroll through the Kenosha Sculpture Walk along the harbor; watch for the exhibit to change in September. FREE
  24. The 2014-2015 season of the Fine Arts at First Concert Series has two remaining dates: March 29 and May 3. FREE
  25. Pick your own produce at Jerry Smith Produce & Pumpkin Farm, or reserve your crop box full of produce! Crop boxes start at $10 / half bushel of pick your own is $10
  26. Swim in Lake Andrea, or build a sand castle on the beach. Lifeguards are on duty in the summer. $4-7 daily pass
  27. Be part of the second annual Kenosha Craft Beer Week at PUBLIC Craft Brewing Co. and Rustic Road Brewing Company, May 11-17. Prices vary
  28. Date Night! Enjoy the Lakeside Players L@tR Series: Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, May 15-30. $10
  29. The Summer Free Fishing Weekend - meaning no fishing license is required in Wisconsin - is June 6 and 7. FREE
  30. Spend Saturday night at the racetrack! On select dates, Wilmot Raceway offers Family Nights, which are a bargain! $10 & under
  31. Choo Choo! The Kenosha Public Museum and Civil War Museum host a Train Extravaganza Weekend, May 30-31. FREE
  32. We enjoy Big Star Drive-In and The Spot Drive-In whether it’s National Hamburger Month in May or any other time. The Spot is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Prices vary
  33. Enjoy a self-guided tour through Kemper Center’s Durkee Mansion, which was built in the 1860’s on the Lake Michigan shore. FREE
  34. Go Fly a Kite! The Outta Sight Kite Flight is June 6 and 7. FREE
  35. Brighton Dale LinksAt Petrifying Springs Golf Course and Brighton Dale Links, walk 9 holes weekdays any time for $10, opening day through May 1. And all season long during super twilight hours, walk 9 holes for that same price. $10
  36. The Rebels and Redcoats Revolutionary War Reenactment moves to a new location this year: Petrifying Springs Park. The dates are June 6 and 7. FREE
  37. Enjoy a trio of art fairs: Good Old Summertime Art Fair on June 7, 25th Annual UW-Parkside Summer Arts & Crafts Festival on June 27, and the Friends of the Museum Art Fair on July 19. FREE to browse
  38. Living history interpreters, music, family activities and more can be found at Salute to Freedom on June 13. FREE
  39. Get back to nature at Chiwaukee Prairie, which is considered an ecological gem. FREE
  40. June is National Dairy Month, and on June 20, the Kenosha County Dairy Breakfast returns to Herda Farms LLC. $6 adults, children 6 and under are FREE
  41. Walk, bike, or drive through Kenosha’s four National Register Historic Districts. FREE
  42. The Transparent Watercolor Society of America presents the 39th Annual National Juried Exhibition at the Kenosha Public Museum, May 2 – August 2. FREE
  43. Stop to see live animals and hands-on exhibits inside Richard Bong State Recreation Area’s Visitor Center, then head out birding. $7-10 per vehicle park entrance fee, Center is FREE
  44. Kenosha starts celebrating Independence Day early! Enjoy the Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade on June 28. FREE
  45. Celebrate America featuring Independence Day Fireworks takes place in HarborPark July 3 and 4. FREE
  46. At the new Downtown restaurant Mike’s Donuts & Chicken, oversized donuts are baked fresh daily with homemade toppings and fillings. $1-3
  47. Splish! Splash! Fly down the 200-foot long water slide at Washington Park Pool or Anderson Park Pool. $5 & under
  48. Enjoy some real “eye candy” at Jelly Belly Visitor Center including portraits of famous people made from thousands of Jelly Belly beans and Candy Fashion Couture. FREE tours and samples
  49. Who’s Hungry? The seventh annual Taste of Wisconsin™ takes place July 31 – August 2. FREE admission
  50. Go back to the 1650s through 1850s at the Pike River Rendezvous, August 1 and 2. FREE
  51. Take the kids for a fun pedal boat ride on Lake Andrea! $8-10
  52. Lake MichiganCelebrate National Lighthouse Day at the Triple Dipper Ice Cream Social on August 8. FREE lighthouse climb for Kenosha County residents / $5 for non-county adult visitors / FREE for children 8 to 12 years old
  53. Here in Kenosha, you’ll find multiple access points on the Lake Michigan State Water Trail for kayaking, paddle-boarding and other silent water sports. FREE access
  54. Did you know Anderson Park is home to an 11,000 square foot concrete skatepark for skateboards, scooters, roller blades, and bikes? FREE
  55. Checkmate! Play chess or checkers at the chess tables in Petrifying Springs Park and Fox River Park; bring your own pieces. FREE
  56. Car memorabilia, along with a new Children’s Hands On area are featured at the Kenosha History Center through September 27. FREE; donations appreciated
  57. Walk, bike, run, or rollerblade along Prairie Springs Park’s 2.3 mile scenic path around Lake Andrea. Extend your workout on the Prairie Farms Trail. FREE
  58. Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you take the METRA train from Chicago to Kenosha. $8 weekend pass
  59. Visit Robin’s Nest Cakery on a Saturday for chocolate fountain treats! Pricing is for six items - such as bacon, gummy bears, pretzels, chips, or oreos. $3.50
  60. While May is National Bike Month, you can join the 26-mile Weekly Common Grounds Coffee Ride at any time. The Bike Shop at Southport Rigging leads this Saturday morning ride. FREE  
  61. Between May and September, Bristol 45 Diner hosts a car show on the first, third, and fifth Monday evenings. FREE
  62. Don’t miss fresh from the farm produce at one of Kenosha’s five Farmer’s Markets (in addition to Kenosha HarborMarket). FREE to browse
  63. Head over to Pollard Gallery and spot portraits of celebrities. FREE
  64. Pause at the Veteran’s Memorial Fountain and Lone Soldier Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park. FREE
  65. Enjoy a program at a Kenosha Public Library branch. FREE
  66. Military discounts are available at Sandy’s Popper, Scoops Ice Cream, and many more Kenosha businesses. See a list here. Prices vary
  67. Local chef demonstrations, home grown sweet corn, hay rides, and more make up the Sweet Corn Festival, held rain or shine at Jerry Smith Produce & Pumpkin Farm on August 15. FREE admission
  68. Visit Abe! Library Park is home to an Abraham Lincoln statue, as well as the Kenosha County Soldiers’ Monument “Winged Victory”. FREE
  69. Aspiring young paleontologists will dig this: Dino Digs are held most Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum. FREE
  70. Check out the impressive 360° film “Seeing the Elephant” inside the Civil War Museum’s main exhibit The Fiery Trial. Main exhibit $5-9 / FREE for ages 15 & under
  71. Here’s a great photo op: Visit the Christopher Columbus fountain in HarborPark. FREE
  72. All ages enjoy getting artsy at Alpaca Art Pottery Painting. $7 studio fee plus the cost of your pottery ($3+)
  73. Jerry Smith Produce & Pumpkin FarmRelax and watch the sun rise over Lake Michigan. FREE
  74. Cool down with a treat at Culver’s Pleasant Prairie, while playing the large outdoor chess set (ask for the pieces at the counter). Treat prices vary; FREE to play chess
  75. At Pringle Nature Center, you can rent a GPS unit pre-programmed with the Geocaches located in Bristol Woods Park. $5
  76. Find your favorite childhood video game at Inner Child Comics & Collectibles and try it out! Many under $10 / FREE to try
  77. Only planning to fish here for a day? Buy a one-day fishing license at Harborside Bait & Tackle or Lou Perrine’s Gas and Grocery. $8-10
  78. Try the Sol Gyro at Sol D’Licious Café: Setain marinated in the house Greek seasoning topped with the house Tzatziki sauce and paired with the side of the day. $10
  79. Enjoy a scenic bike ride on the Pike Bike Trail or the Kenosha County Bike Trail. FREE
  80. Let the kids cool off with a visit to HarborPark’s splash pad area. FREE
  81. Uncover local shipwreck facts and more at the Southport Light Station Museum. FREE; donations appreciated
  82. Make your own customized bracelet or necklace at Peacetree Originals. $5 & up
  83. Learn about birds, check out insect specimens, make art on the wall, and more at the Kenosha Public Museum Field Station. FREE
  84. Mama Mia! Italian sausage never tasted so good! Tenuta’s outdoor grill will have your mouth watering. $3.50
  85. See the latest blockbuster at Southport Plaza’s Tinseltown Theatre. $5.65-$9.15
  86. Take your bike and follow the mile-long Silver Lake Ice House Trail. $1 if access the trail at Silver Lake Beach, Memorial Day – Labor Day
  87. Visit the 95th Kenosha County Fair, August 19-23. $9 & under
  88. Browse through the Wilmot Mountain Flea Market (Sundays, April 12 into November). $1 & under
  89. Another great photo op: one of Kenosha’s most recognized landmarks – the red Pierhead Lighthouse. FREE
  90. Come see what’s cooking on the grill! The Grill Games BBQ Competition & Lakefront Festival takes place August 28 and 29. Suggested $1 donation
  91. Grill GamesEnjoy an Old-Fashioned Cherry Soda at Jack’s Café – the historic soda fountain inside Andrea’s. $3.95
  92. Enjoy a trio of events Labor Day weekend near Lake Michigan: Downtown Kenosha Classic Cruise-In Car Show (9/5), Cheese-A-Palooza (9/5-6), and the 13th Annual Car Show To Benefit Our Wounded Warriors (9/6). FREE
  93. Celebrate Kenosha’s Streetcars on September 12 during Kenosha Streetcar Day. $1 & under to ride Streetcar
  94. A slice of Kenosha nightlife can be found at Fusion, a Downtown performing arts venue. Some events FREE
  95. Visiting the First Friday of the month? Stop at our I-94 Visitor Information Center for free travel info, coupons, and samples during First Friday events. FREE
  96. People watch as you sit at the harbor! You may even see someone flying like a superhero with Flyboard Wisconsin. FREE to watch
  97. See incredible art at Lemon Street Gallery! FREE
  98. Try the Kanelbulle, a Swedish pretzel-esque cinnamon pastry at Linnea Bakery, a Scandinavian bakery. $2.99
  99. Enjoy a picnic at Wolfenbuttel Park, next to Lake Michigan. FREE
  100. The famous “backroom” offers amazing savings at the Jockey Factory Store in Downtown Kenosha. Prices vary
  101. Meet notable cartoonists and illustrators at the fifth Kenosha Festival of Cartooning, September 17-19. FREE

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