Kenosha is south of Milwaukee and north of Chicago on the western side of Lake Michigan. It was a sleepy little lakeside community with Milwaukee being the larger metro attraction. Then commerce started booming in Kenosha County where Kenosha and Pleasant Prairie (American Girl Doll headquarters and the Jelly Belly factory) are located.
Kenosha is smaller than Milwaukee and Chicago. It’s a doable in a day or two city with free public parking and venues and lots, lots of lakeshore and access to Lake Michigan.
K-Town added museums–Civil War Museum, Dinosaur Discovery Museum and Kenosha Public Museum. It expanded Harbor Park and Harbor Park Market.
During the summer it’s a harbor town offering loads of sun and splash with arts and culture to sample and plenty of beaches and marina for watersports.
K-Town has breathtaking shoreline and public parks for hiking, biking and photography. The park at the Harbor holds a marina, children’s shipwreck park, three museums (Civil War Museum, Dinosaur Discovery and Kenosha Public Museum), the Harbor Market and more.
Harbor Market, open on Saturdays, is more than a farmer’s market. You can purchase farm fresh produce, French pastries, African cuisine while shopping the outdoor booths for crafts, antiques and art. Then visit one of the free public museums to learn about local history or see a national or local art exhibit. Or walk along the pier by the children’s park and marina.
Ready to move on? Catch the streetcar that stops in the park and take it into the main shopping restaurant area of K-Town or to one of the public beaches. Kenosha’s vintage electric streetcar provides service through out the town.
Or just relax at one of the cafes or restaurants for a drink and a meal on 6th Street.
K-Town always draws me back for another visit.