Community Take a Drive to Kenosha for Family Fun
Many families are looking forward to finally making up for vacations that were put on hold due to the Covid 19 pandemic. While it’s always a treat to take a full week and head to the beach or the mountains or even just to Chicago, there’s actually a lot to do right here in the Milwaukee area. Even better, it requires very little travel and can be had on almost any given day. Kenosha, in particular, is a surprising hot spot for family fun. Here are six reasons to take a drive to Kenosha with the kids in tow.
Kenosha’s Dinosaur Discovery Museum is a rare treat in the world of dinosaur museums because it focuses on the fossil record that links meat-eating dinosaurs and birds. Adults and children alike will love interactive exhibits like Little Clint. This permanent exhibit follows the story of a three-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex from his hatching in Montana during the Cretaceous period to his arrival at the museum. The museum is also completely free though donations are encouraged, and suggested donations are only $3.
This public Lake Michigan beach provides nearly everything you need for a fun and relaxing afternoon. Bring your bikes and take a ride on the paved bike trail. Play on the playground. Build a sandcastle in the sun. Take a swim in the water, or stroll along the boardwalk. Simmons Island Beach is also home to two lighthouses, including Southport Light Station Museum, an 1860s lighthouse and lighthouse keeper’s residence that has been restored and transformed into a museum with exhibits about local fishing and shipping.
The Kenosha Civil War Museum is unique among Civil War museums because it focuses on the war from the perspective of those living in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin at the time. Over one million men from those seven states fought in the war, and the Union’s efforts relied on the food and raw materials produced in the upper Midwest to win the war. Permanent and changing exhibits highlight the times and struggles that real people from the region went through.
When you head to Kenosha, make sure you plan to stop and eat at the Mars Cheese Castle, which is a literal castle filled with cheese and other wonders. For over 60 years, the Mars Cheese Castle has been a tourist and cheese lover’s destination. While the castle has over 700 cheeses in stock, it also has an on-site bakery, a deli that serves up sausages and hamburgers, a wide selection of specialty condiments, and a taproom with imported beers and Wisconsin microbrews.
Having the opportunity to take in Kenosha’s city parks is worth the drive alone. From Petrifying Springs Park – the city’s oldest park and home to an 18-hole golf course – to Bristol Woods Park a 200-acre natural park that is home to both the Pringle Nature Center and Boundless Adventures — an aerial adventure park, the city’s park system is rich and diverse with wide-ranging offerings for the whole family. Find the complete list here.
If the name didn’t do it for you, maybe a list of some of what you can do there will: go-karts, laser tag, mini-golf, bumper cars, and bumper boats, and arcade games. America’s Action Territory is one of those rare places where adults can act like kids, and no one even notices, and it’s right there in Kenosha.
Kenosha offers such a large number of fun options for families, and this shortlist doesn’t even mention the Kenosha Public Museum, the Electric Streetcar, or the Kenosha Harbormarket. So trust us, if you’re looking for something to do that’s not too far from Milwaukee and will delight everyone in your family, check out Kenosha.