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Experience the top 9 attractions in Kenosha

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Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Kenosha is a beautiful city with breathtaking landscapes and historic downtown filled with quaint shops, galleries, an outdoor market, and eateries. There are plenty of beaches and waterfront parks where you can picnic, fly kites, and go on a fishing excursion. Kenosha Public Museum on the city’s lakefront exhibits mammoth skeletons and the Dinosaur Discovery Museum displays a vast collection of dinosaur fossils. Other must-visit sites in the city are Kenosha History Center and Civil War Museum. The city also hosts outdoor concerts, festivals, and art fairs.

In Kenosha you will find some beautiful attractions that you just cannot miss! Places like Kenosha North Pier Light House, Dinosaur Discovery Museum, and Bristol Renaissance Faire and many more. Continue reading to know more.

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1. Kenosha North Pier Light House

A romantic setting of a lone lighthouse at the very end of a wooden pier. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Csfotoimages Getty Image) A romantic setting of a lone lighthouse at the very end of a wooden pier.

Right in the vicinity of the Simmons Island beach stand a lone lighthouse at the very edge of the coastline. The Kenosha North Pier Lighthouse is one of the most romantic views in the area with the body painted in striking red, beautifully contrasting with the azure deep and light blue hues of the ocean. As part of the larger Simmons Island Beach Complex, it is a perfect cap off to the numerous activities that the area has to offer. A visit to this melancholic yet uplifting site is highly recommended.

2. Dinosaur Discovery Museum

Discover the link between the ferocious dinosaurs and our modern-day birds in this archeological showcase. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (John Elk Getty Image) Discover the link between the ferocious dinosaurs and our modern-day birds in this archeological showcase.

The Dinosaur Discovery Museum is the only museum of its kind in the US that shines light on a well-researched theory of the dinosaurs being a distant ancestor to our modern-day birds. The exhibit offers a large fossil collection of the theropods. Stand in awe as the exhibit shows the gradual yet striking similarities between the birds and the dinosaurs. One of the most complete fossil records can be found here, the terrifying yet magnificent Allosaurus. Book a day and learn all about the creatures that once roamed on the same ground we stand in today.

3. Bristol Renaissance Faire

A Renaissance fair hosted in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the United States in a Renaissance-themed park. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Staticflickr Image) A Renaissance fair hosted in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the United States in a Renaissance-themed park.

Richard Shapiro and his wife Bonnie launched the Bristol Renaissance Faire in 1972 as "King Richard's Faire." The Shapiros sold the fair to Renaissance Entertainment Corporation in 1988, after establishing a second King Richard's Faire in Carver, Massachusetts. That year, the old King Richard's Faire reopened as the "Bristol Renaissance Faire." Its 30-acre site is located west of Interstate 94 on the Wisconsin-Illinois state boundary. It depicts Queen Elizabeth I's visit to the English coastal city of Bristol in 1574.

4. Dukes Country Saloon

Fun activities await in this bar oozing with country music vibes. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Yelpcdn Image) Fun activities await in this bar oozing with country music vibes.

This is no ordinary bar in Kenosha. Aside from serving alcoholic drinks and a selection of homemade pizzas, the place also offers a variety of fun activities. Among the many games one can play here include beer pong, Jenga!, darts, pool, and arcade games. Guests are also allowed to dance to their heart's content, all embraced by the sights and sounds of the bar's fun and welcoming country music atmosphere.

5. Simmons Island Beach

A beach and park on the shores of Lake Michigan in Kenosha. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Tripadvisor Image) A beach and park on the shores of Lake Michigan in Kenosha.

Simmons Island Beach features bike trails, playgrounds, and open-air picnic pavilions. It is also ideal for swimming and fishing. The park is more accessible to people with disabilities. The sand is covered with five-foot-wide portable mobility mats specially designed to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers. A perfect place for a weekend getaway with friends and family.

6. Simmons Island Beach House

The Simmons Island Beach House is situated in Kenosha, Wisconsin's Simmons Island Park. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Wikimedia Image) The Simmons Island Beach House is situated in Kenosha, Wisconsin's Simmons Island Park.

Zalmon G. Simmons, an entrepreneur, donated property for Simmons Island Park in 1916. The beach home and landscape were completed in the 1930s. The center block of the structure is one and a half floors tall, with one-story wings. It features slate-covered roofs that are steep.

7. Kenosha Dream Playground

The Kenosha Dream Playground is a playground for children of all abilities. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Blogger Image) The Kenosha Dream Playground is a playground for children of all abilities.

The Kenosha Dream Playground is the first fully accessible playground, opened in 2015, features adaptive side-by-side swings, merry-go-round, wheelchair swing, separate play areas for children of different ages. This play area creates a truly integrated environment for children of all abilities.

8. Charles Nash Park

Charles Nash Park is perfect for family bonding and fun as they can do various outdoor activities there. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Wikimedia Image) Charles Nash Park is perfect for family bonding and fun as they can do various outdoor activities there.

Charles Nash Park, located in Wisconsin, United States, is known for its serene atmosphere where visitors can admire the beauty of nature in peace. The park also boasts informative exhibits which aim to educate visitors of the life and legacy of its namesake, Charles Nash Miller.

9. Be Surrounded By Nature At Hawthorn Hollow Nature

A nature sanctuary and arboretum located in Kenosha. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Pinimg Image) A nature sanctuary and arboretum located in Kenosha.

Spend time at Hawthorn Hollow Nature exploring a variety of plants, migratory birds, and wildflowers. Take part in the maple sugaring program and learn traditions and techniques for cooking maple syrup. Visit the observatory center and observe the sky through the telescopes from the dome. Celebrate Halloween with the Haunted Trails and visit the Heritage Farmstead program. Walk through the trails, explore the arboretum, woodlands, prairies, gardens, and enjoy participating in the events.

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