If it keeps on rainin’, the levee’s going to break. If keeps on rainin’, the levee’s going to…sing to me Robert Plant as I type these words. Bonzo, pound those drums. I look out my window to see yet another overcast day here in Kenosha, WI. Ah yes, Kenosha, WI. Halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Kenosha’s culture, music, literature, construction and architecture influences date back to the start of the 20th century through the 1930’s when Irish, German, Italian and Polish immigrants settled in the area. With most cities, people come and go but roots run deep and generations of families stay in areas for a lifetime. This is true of Kenosha.
There is plenty to see and do in and around the Kenosha area that is nominally priced or free . Working in cooperation with Meridith Jumisko – my contact, friend and Public Relations Manager at the Kenosha Convention and Visitors Bureau, I’m sharing 101 things to do and see for $10 and under. Many of these are free. If you are driving through the Chi-Waukee corridor, take a detour and visit Kenosha. Here are the first 25 of 101 things to do and see in this four-part series.
- See the 2015 Northwoods League Summer Collegiate World Series champions – the Kenosha Kingfish – play baseball at Simmons Field! $8+
- Watch racing at the newly renovated Washington Park Velodrome, the oldest operating bike track of its kind in the U.S. FREE
- Climb the Southport Lighthouse during its 150th anniversary season! $10 & under
- Play at Kenosha’s first fully accessible playground, the Dream Playground at Petzke Park. It’s a one-of-a-kind 15,000 square foot space for all abilities. FREE(Temporarily closed for repairs.)
- Bring your pooch to play at one of five off-leash dog parks throughout Kenosha County! FREE to $5 depending on park
- Try your hand at one of four disc golf locations: Lincoln Park, Fox River Park, Silver Lake Park, and UW-Parkside. FREE
- Meet you at the lake! Bring the sunscreen and a beach towel … we have FIVEbeaches along Lake Michigan! FREE
- Visit Wilmot Flea Market at its new location: the Kenosha County Fairgrounds. The market is open most Sundays, starting May 1. $1
- Get in touch with nature at Chiwaukee Prairie, which has been designated a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention. FREE
- Watch model trains deliver classic American food at Choo Choo Charlie’s – and enjoy a Charlie’s Delight (salted caramel sundae). $5.99
- Silver Lake Park is home to over 9 miles of mountain bike trails. FREE
- Enjoy an indoor train tour at Jelly Belly Visitor Center, and sample the crazy BeanBoozled® flavors! FREE tour and samples
- Take a fun pedal boat ride on Lake Andrea! $8-10
- Enjoy an old-fashioned cherry soda at a historic soda fountain, Jack’s Café inside Andrea’s! $3.95
- Hike over the river and through the woods at the 360-acre Petrifying Springs Park – the oldest park in the Kenosha County park system. FREE
- Have a delicious Gouda Mornin’ Breakfast Panini (gluten free bread available) atThe Buzz Café. $5.99
- Seniors (ages 60 & over) can enjoy the Kenosha YMCA free of charge on the third Tuesday of every month! FREE
- The Transparent Watercolor Society of America returns to the Kenosha Public Museum for its 40th Annual National Juried Exhibition, May 7 – Aug 7. FREE
- From Farm To Table I: Kenosha HarborMarket returns outdoors May 14. You’ll find live music and 150+ vendors at this Saturday market during the summer.FREE admission
- From Farm To Table II: Reserve your crop box full of produce at Jerry Smith Produce & Pumpkin Farm! $10
- From Farm To Table III: Shop for produce at the weekly WestoshaMarket and five city farmers’ markets. Prices vary
- Be amazed by the 2015 National Show Ski Champions! The Aquanut Water Shows take place most Wednesdays and Saturdays, May 28 – Sept 3. FREE
- Check out the impressive 360° film “Seeing the Elephant” inside the Civil War Museum’s main exhibit The Fiery Trial. Main exhibit $9 & under
- Shop and save at Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets. Save even more when you pick up a coupon book. $5 coupon book
- Lakeside Players Family Theatre Series Presents: Disney’s Aladdin Jr., April 8-17. $10
Visit Kenosha to experience fine Midwestern hospitality, take a stroll along Lake Michigan and stuff your face with bratwurst while having the skin on your face melt away from the live music acts at the world-famous Brat Stop. Visit the Brat Stop last because a food coma will ensue.