Kenosha Travel Guide

  • Part of Kenosha's Marina on Lake Michigan
    Part of Kenosha's Marina on Lake...
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    Civil War Museum
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  • View from 2nd Level of Civil War Museum
    View from 2nd Level of Civil War Museum
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Kenosha Things to Do

  • Civil War Museum

    This museum has been finished for a few years now. It is incredible within its scope. Very well done. Reminded me of the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield, IL, for its attention to detail and emotional investment.

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  • Kenosha Civil War Museum- not completed

    On June 30, 2008, I took a day off with antipation and excitement to see this museum as I'm a huge Civil War buff, and I've been waiting four years for the official opening of it. I drove 90 min. down to Kenosha and found the museum by the lakeshore, it looked completed on the outside. However, to my extreme disappointment, it was less than half...

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  • Jelly Belly Center

    The Jelly Belly Center located in Pleasant Prairie just southwest of downtown Kenosha offers a free tour of its warehouse. It's essentially a little train ride around the warehouse with narration and videos about the company and candy-making process. You get a free hat and a small bag of jelly beans during this tour. The candy store also offers...

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  • Eicherman Park

    Eichelman Park is really a "beach park". It is located at 6125-Third Avenue. A small park, only about 9 acres, it is also a city park in that it's walking distance from downtown and next to the to the National Register of Historic Districts [Third Avenue District].It is named Eichelman Park because The land was given to the city by Mr. and Mrs....

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  • New Civil War Museum

    On July 20, 2008, [ my birthday ], I went to see the new Civil War Museum in Kenosha. It just opened its doors on June 14, 2008.Since the main exhibits were not open, I just looked around and gathered information because I sure do want to see it. This is a 57,000 square-foot facility which tells the personal stories and contributions of the men and...

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  • Southport Marina

    The reason that Allan and I went to Kenosha, Wisconsin, in late July of 2008, was to see the Southport Marina. It was a wise decision. Of course, we saw more than we went to see, and that was good.Southport Marina speaks volumes for the upsurge in the popularity of Kenosha. Those who love boating and fishing are, of course, elated with this large...

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  • Wolfenbuttel Park

    I just loved the small park called Wolfenbuttel Park located by Southport Marina.. Because I love nature, especially flowers, I was enamored with the lovely walkways, flower gardens, and the Gazebo/Arbor. The park is just 15 acres with a Lake Michigan backdrop. With the Gazebo, the flowers, the Lake Michigan backdrop, it's the perfect spot for a...

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  • Southport Park

    Southport Park is just one of 74 municipal parks located in Kenosha , Wisconsin!This one is along the shoreline frontage of Lake Michigan. It is a 29-acre park with hiking and bike trail, community center for rent, picnic shelter, sandlot, ball diamond and soccer field.The day that we visited Southport Park, it was beautiful...sunny with a slight...

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  • Kemper Center Complex

    The Kemper Center Complex is about 18 acres of land that is designated a Park on Lake Michigan. It includes many historic buildings that we saw. Kemper Hall was a boarding school for girls, dating from 1855 when St. Matthew's Episcopal Church launched the Kenosha Female Seminary. In 1865, it move to this location, the home of U.S. Senator Charles...

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  • Historic Kenosha: Third Avenue

    Known as the 20th Century "Mansion" District, The Third Avenue Historic District in Kenosha is made up mostly of large period revival homes that are located along Lake Michigan.Lake Michigan is the natural boundary to the east. These homes have huge setbacks from the street, and until recently were all maintained by single families. Because of high...

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  • Visit Historic Kenosha

    Kenosha, Wisconsin, is really an historic town. It has four Historic Districts:1. Library Park Historic District2. Third Avenue Historic District3. Civic Center Historic District4. Pearl Street Historic DistrictOn our first visit to Kenosha, we saw about two and one half of the four districts.The First District that we visited was the Library Park...

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  • Visit the Gilbert M. Simmons Library

    My first impression of downtown Kenosha, Wisconsin, was formed when I viewed the Neoclassical Revival Style The Gilbert M. Simmons Library. I was more than impressed. What a beautiful and imposing structure it is. It is named "The Gilbert M. Simmons Library" because in 1900, Zalmon G. Simmons, who owned the Simmons Mattress Factory and the...

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Kenosha Restaurants

  • Wish I would have read the reviews...

    It was our 11th Anniversary and my wife and I wanted to go to a nice little restaurant on the lake for dinner. I had read other reviews on this site and they were all positive reviews of this restaurant. Well, maybe they have not been there for a while, but I was very disappointed. The restaurant needs some cleaning on the outside as we asked to...

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  • Why We're Returning to Kenosha

    Although we did not eat here, we plan to go back to Kenosha to try the following:Andrea's2401 60th StreetKenosha, Wisconsin 53140(262) 657-7732Andrea's is a tradition since 1911! Jack's Cafe [named for the founder, Grandpa Jack] is well known in and around Kenosha. This cafe serves soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and more (all homemade from...

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  • Since 1911...

    Andrea's is a tradition since 1911! {See photo #5] Within this landmark shop, you will also find Jack's Cafe [named for the founder, Grandpa Jack] which is well known in and around Kenosha. This cafe serves soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and more (all homemade from scratch). But, they are most famous for their original marble soda fountain [See...

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  • Wood Oven Pizza...

    Mickey and I had been walking around Kenosha for over two hours, and we were starving. We were on our way to the Municipal Historic District and realized that one of the restaurants [Mangia Trattoria] that we wanted to dry was on Sheridan Road. Thus, we stopped in to check out the menu. We thought that it was somewhat expensive for lunch, except...

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  • Great Stop for Coffee

    On Thursday, September 25, 2008, my friend, Mickey, and I drove to Kenosha so that I could "practice" a tour that I plan to give this coming Sunday for my daughter, my sister-in-law, my niece, and my great niece. Our first stop after parking our car was to drop in for some coffee at No's Coffee Lounge and Cafe in downtown Kenosha.I had read about...

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  • Lake Michigan Views

    After a full day of walking, sightseeting, and discovering, Allan and I were more than ready to find a place to eat. We did not have any literature on places to eat in Kenosha, so we just went looking. We saw a good looking restaurant called Boat House Pub & Eatery and decided to give it a try.The decor inside is quite attractive and unique with...

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Kenosha Transportation

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    Kenosha's Electric Streetcar Circulator

    by deecat Updated Jul 29, 2008

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    What a surprise for me as I was walking along the Promenade by Lake Michigan and an electric streetcar passed by! I had been wondering about the tracks that I had seen...I discovered they there are five restored electric streetcars that travel a two-mile loop to provide a scenic tour of the Lake Michigan shoreline.

    These streetcars include Harbor Park, two historic districts, downtown business district, and the METRA train station. STOPS INCLUDE:
    McCarthy Transit Center
    8th Avenue
    54th Street

    This Light rail transit [LRT] has been operating since 2000. These cars are Art Deco-era in design, and they begin at Kenosha's METRA rail station. "The Streetcars run in the grassy boulevard median of 56th Street, and then they are routed east through the Civic Center; then they go past the 6th Avenue retail district, the new Harborpark neighborhood, and Southport Marina; finally they terminate at Celebration Park adjacent to Lake Michigan. In the opposite direction, cars operate between Harborwalk Park and 54th Street, past the Museum Complex, the north side of Harborpark Condominiums, Navy Park, City Hall, and Kenosha Transit's new downtown Transit Center."

    The really excellent thing about this transportation system is that it helps both the Kenosha residents and the Kenosha visitors...it includes recreation facilities, the METRA regional rail station, the municipal buildings, and the downtown retail area. I think it is a tremendously wonderful system, and it is so affordable [25 cents for a two-mile loop!]

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Kenosha Shopping

  • Great Shopping in the Area

    Even though this was the first time I had visited Kenosha town, parks, and marinas, I have been shopping at Prime Outlets at Pleasant Prairie for years. This Outlet Shopping Mall is located:I-94 and Hwy. 165-Exit 347, Pleasant Prairie(262)-857-2101www.primeoutlets.comThe Outlets are open:Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.Sunday 10:00 a.m....

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  • Big Shopping Center

    Kenosha is also a big shopping center. On our way from Chicago we managed to dine and to shop there. There are dozens of stores on the two outlet shopping centers located on the edge of the town. One of them is Original Outlet Mall (I-94 & Hwy.50, tel. 414/857-7961). Another famous store in Kenosha is Prime Outlet Mall (I-94 & Hwy.165, Pleasant...

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  • Great to buy cheese here

    I was driving on the highway and saw this so I had to stop. They had a great selection of cheese of course, Wiscousin is dairy country. Cheese, cheese curds All ranges depends on what you buy

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Kenosha Local Customs

  • Harbor Park II

    BE SURE TO SEE HIDDEN PHOTOS TO GET A FLAVOR OF KENOSHA HARBOR REVEVELOPMENT.I was flabbergasted when I laid eyes of the new redeveloped industrial space on Kenosha Harbor. Who would be able to tell that this was once home to Simmons Mattress Company, then old American Motors, then Chrysler properties. These heavy industrial areas have now been...

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  • Harbor Park I

    After seeing the Harbor Park, I wanted to know how this excellent redevelopment came about. After checking several websites, this is what I discovered>The history of this area started from 1870 to 1960, this huge area operated as the Simmons Mattress Manufacturing Plant Then in 1960, American Motors Corporation (AMC) started to manufacture cares...

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  • English Fair

    The city is also famous for its English Fair that is held in late June – late August. It’s a 16th century fair with costumed lords and ladies, jousting, food and fun: Bristol Renaissance Fair 12550 120th Ave., Kenosha, 53142.

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Kenosha Tourist Traps

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    by ChartIt Written Jan 19, 2008

    It says it is a Castle it says it is full of Cheese. But it basically a gift shop, and not a cheese emporuim.

    Unique Suggestions: well you like it... look around. Maybe you will find a cheese or summer sausage you want to take home. It is a low end "cheese" place.

    Fun Alternatives: Go to the farmers Markets during the summer. Get some fresh locally made products.

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Kenosha Off The Beaten Path

  • The Jelly Belly Center

    If you love Jelly Belly gourmet jelly beans, then, for sure, you will want to take a tour of the Jelly Belly Center in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin (right next to Kenosha, Wisconsin)The experience will be quite fun, as they offer a superb shopping experience in their fabulous candy store, super snacks in their snack bar, and a free train ride. It's...

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  • Simmons Island Park

    When we left the Harbor Park area, we drove the car to Simmons Island to get a closer look at the two historic lighthouses, Pierhead Lighthouse [1906], (See Photo #5) affectionately known as "Big Red" and Southport Light Station [1866]. In addition, we were pleased to get a close-up look at the other harbor called Kenosha Harbor. There is also an...

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  • Underground Railroad Connection

    I try never to miss an Historical Marker as I travel for fear that I will miss something quite significant. I'm so glad I did not miss the Historical Marker in Kenosha, Wisconsin in the Library Square as we walked toward Lake Michigan.This Historical Marker concerns the "Underground Railroad" connection to Kenosha. The marker reads:REUBEN...

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Kenosha Favorites

  • Civic Center Historic District

    We did not have enough time to visit much of this district, but I want to tell what is in it so you'll know what to visit. I plan to return and visit these spots.This district is a culmination of two movements of city reform during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century: Physically improving the city and Politically reforming the city....

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  • Abundant Museums

    Besides the new Civil War Museum, Kenosha, Wisconsin, has several more wonderful museums to discover.Kenosha Public Museum5500 First Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140(262)653-4140www.kenoshapublicmuseum.org"This museum is dedicated to the preservation of our natural history and to provide educational exhibits that are both informative and interesting"....

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  • Lighthouses

    There are two beautiful lighthouses in Kenosha that I loved seeing. The first one that I saw is called Pierhead Lighhouse, and it is located at Simmons Island Public Beach and Lake Michigan. This lighthouse was built in 1906. It's a "typical LAKE MICHIGAN RED TOWER", this red conical steel lighthouse is 50 feet tall and is constructed of riveted...

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