Lakeside Fun in Kenosha

Kenosha Harbor

Kenosha Harbor

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.

trading post exhibit, Kenosha Public Museum

trading post exhibit, Kenosha Public Museum

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.

Kenosha public beach

Kenosha sand and lake

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

Harbor Market

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.

shipwreck children's park

shipwreck children’s park

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.

electric streetcar

electric streetcar

If you’re not going boating or cycling along the lakeshore on a path or trail, go for a visit to Simmons Island to see the Southport Lighthouse.  

Or just relax at one of the cafes or restaurants for a drink and a meal on 6th Street.

shops and restaurants on 6th Street

shops and restaurants on 6th Street

K-Town always draws me back for another visit.

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