Seven miles east of Interstate I-94/41 in southeastern Wisconsin is a thriving lakeside neighborhood filled with historic charm, friendly faces and a surplus things to see and do. Downtown Kenosha has been the heart of our community for decades and has seen tremendous redevelopment progress in recent years. With beautiful parks and beaches offering access to Lake Michigan and countless restaurants, shops, museums and entertainment venues, it’s no wonder downtown Kenosha is a destination for visitors to the Kenosha area. . Work is underway on the Downtown Vision, which is an eight-block redevelopment plan that includes a performing arts center.
Latest issue of Downtown Kenosha magazine:
Flight. 15, Number 1 • Winter 2022
The magazine is also available in print at the companies and our two visitor information centres.
Downtown Kenosha Magazine is produced by Carmichael Communications in association with Visit Kenosha and the Downtown Kenosha Lakeshore Business Improvement District.
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Among the most popular reasons to visit downtown Kenosha is the incredible shopping, dining and entertainment scene. Find Kenosha swag, home decor, and unique clothing at the boutiques. Vintage, recycled and handmade items are also available with knowledgeable and knowledgeable traders to help you find exactly what you are looking for.
Dozens of restaurants, performance spaces, brasseries and pubs, art galleries and even a comedy club await you – there’s never a shortage of things to enjoy. From pizza, hot dogs and burgers to gourmet tacos, house smoked meats and small plates, there’s something delicious around every corner. Smoothies, hot coffee, and craft beer are also available. You can sing, paint, dance or play a lively game of bingo. Shop, dine and play like a local.
Lake Michigan is the #1 attraction visitors enjoy in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and downtown Kenosha offers some of the best views. You can dip your toes in Lake Michigan or wade through the water at one of four downtown beaches — all accessible via the Lakefront Trolley in the summer. Stroll along the HarborPark Boardwalk or cruise the Pike Bike Trail for a coastal excursion.
Kenosha’s downtown lakefront spaces also serve as a beautiful backdrop for countless special events throughout the year. Seasonal events include Snow Daze, Wisconsin Marathon, Peanut Butter & Jam concerts, Celebrate America, Lightin’ Up and more. Both the original Kenosha Harbor Market and the new Kenosha Public Market operate on Saturdays, offering the best farmers market experiences.
Downtown Kenosha is also home to a campus of five museums. Kenosha City’s public museum system includes the Civil War Museum, Dinosaur Discovery Museum, and Kenosha Public Museum. The Civil War Museum details the Midwestern states’ involvement in the war and houses one of only three 360-degree cinematic experiences in the nation, Seeing the Elephant. You’ll also find the newly renovated Resource Center, featuring a family area with a full-size Lincoln-Log cabin.
At the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, visitors will learn about the correlation between modern birds and prehistoric dinosaurs. This is a great museum for visitors with young children as there are a variety of hands-on activities and the size of the museum is very manageable. The Kenosha Public Museum features works of art and natural history, including a main exhibit titled The Wisconsin Story. It features the evolution of our terrain and the people of our region over millions of years and a completely renovated field station for hands-on learning.
On Simmons Island you will find the Southport Lighthouse Museum and the Kenosha History Center. The Southport Light Station Museum is the site of Southport Lighthouse and the historic Keeper’s House. You can tour the house to learn about maritime history and climb the 72 steps to the top of the lighthouse tower for incredible views. While touring the Kenosha History Center, visitors will enjoy an in-depth lesson about Kenosha’s past, including our rich automotive manufacturing history.
If you’re a first-time tourist, haven’t been to the city center in a while, or travel frequently, you’re sure to discover something new every time you visit!
Parking is available in downtown Kenosha in various public parking lots and on the street. Please note the posted signs. There are no parking meters.
The downtown parking structure located along Eighth Avenue between 56th Street and 57th Street is open to the public. Entrance is along Eighth Avenue. Parking inside the car park is free. No overnight parking is permitted between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Automatic doors are activated when vehicles enter or exit the garage to provide access control for vehicles entering and exiting the parking structure, as well as pedestrian safety.
Our Featured Regions: Just as some major cities have distinctive neighborhoods or boroughs well known to visitors, Kenosha has similarly identifiable regions. For our purposes, we refer to three regions on VisitKenosha.com: Downtown Kenosha, Uptown Kenosha, and West of I-94. These three areas only cover part of Kenosha County. Many attractions, restaurants, shops, hotels, and other businesses and organizations listed on our website fall outside of these general regions.
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