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Top Things to Do in Kenosha, Wisconsin

Five museums, four historic districts and a walkable downtown draw visitors to Kenosha, on the shore of Lake Michigan about 40 miles south of Milwaukee.

What to Do

The Civil War Museum Trace the war’s impact on the Upper Midwest through interactive exhibits and life-size dioramas. museums.kenosha.org/civilwar

Civil War Museum

Civil War Museum. Photo courtesy of Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Dinosaur Discovery Museum "Dino Digs" let young ones play paleontologist. The museum is supported by Carthage College's Institute of Paleontology. museums.kenosha.org/dinosaur

Kenosha History Center Learn about the history of the area and see examples of the cars manufacturered here from 1902 to 1988. kenoshahistorycenter.org

Kenosha Public Museum A collection of more than 80,000 includes items related to human history, geology, pottery and fossils, as well as fine and decorative arts. A full-size mammoth skeleton found in Kenosha County is on display. museums.kenosha.org/public

Electric Streetcar For an overview of the city, ride on one of the restored electric streetcars that travel a 1.7-mile loop with views of the shoreline, downtown and city attractions. visitkenosha.com

Electric streetcar. Photo courtesy of Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Historic districts Architecture buffs will want to explore Kenosha’s four historic districts, with homes built from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s; download detailed guides from the visitors bureau website. visitkenosha.com

Sculpture Walk Stretch your legs and enjoy the views along the lakefront walk, with both permanent and temporary art installations. visitkenosha.com

Kenosha Sculpture Walk

Sculpture Walk. Photo courtesy of Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Southport Light Station Museum Learn about the life of a lighthouse keeper and Kenosha’s maritime heritage at this seasonal museum. kenoshahistorycenter.org

Southport Light Station Museum

Southport Light Station Museum. Photo courtesy of Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Where to Eat

Franks Diner Fans come to the tiny diner—pulled into town by horses in 1926—for buttermilk pancakes and “Garbage Plates,” with eggs, hash browns, green peppers, onions, meat and cheese. franksdinerkenosha.com

La Fogata Mexican Grill Sip a margarita while mulling the large menu of enchiladas, quesadillas, burritos, fajitas and more. eatatlafogata.com

Sazzy B This spot serves globally inspired dishes in a downtown building with exposed Cream City brick walls. sazzybhive.com

Tenuta's The Italian deli has a loyal following for its stellar wine and beer selection as well as soups, salads, sandwiches and paninis. Get the fixings for a picnic and head to the water on a sunny day. tenutasdeli.com

 

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