Kenosha is just a short drive from the Chicago area--only about an hour from our home in Arlington Heights. So, the city provides a nice little day trip escape making it easier to fit into your schedule. During our recent day trip, we had a very well-rounded experience but quickly noted there is a lot to experience in Kenosha. Our proximity will certainly make it easy for us to return and enjoy more that is truly Kenosa!
Saturdays are fabulous days to visit Kenosha because the Kenosha HarborMarket brings fresh, vibrant produce, delicious locally made food, live music and interesting local artisans to downtown mid-May through mid-October. Visiting in the winter months? While a bit smaller, Kenosha also has a Winter HarborMarket at the Rhode Center for the Arts. The summer market is something to behold--truly bustling through two streets in Kenosha. The gifts of the market also appear to be sprouting down other streets as well! We found some treasures to bring home--handcrafted dog magnets and wool dryer balls! I seriously have been looking for the wool dryer balls for awhile, so I am delighted!
Part of the market rests adjacent to the marina where I spied a nice playground. If your kids have some extra energy to get out, here is the spot.
|One of the Civil War scenes depicted in The Civil War Museum.|
|Native American life in Kenosha depicted at the Kenosha Public Museum.|
In between our Kenosha adventures, we carved out time for lunch at Harborside Common Grounds. An adorable coffee shop with harbor views, light sandwiches, soups, tasty treats, smoothies--oh, and coffee concoctions! We did not try coffee creations on this visit--too hot--but we did enjoy sandwiches, a salted caramel brownie and a fruit smoothie. A nice spot!
|Here comes the trolley!|
A walk around Harbor Park provides magnificent views of Lake Michigan, sculptures and Pierhead Lighthouse. A short walk from the Kenosha Public Museum and The Civil War Museum, the park is easy to visit during your Kenosha trip.
|Fresh mini pies allow you to try various flavors!|
We ended our day meandering around the prairie at Pringle Nature Center. Unfortunately, the nature center was closed by the time of our arrival. But, the walk around the prairie provided us with a little golden reverie before returning home. A peaceful walk with many birds to observe--just what we needed!
As you can see, our excursion to Kenosha provided us with a lovely family day! Follow along as I explore some of Kenosha's attractions a little more in depth. A great place to get away for a little bit! With all of the museums, even a winter trip is perfect!
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**Thank you to Visit Kenosha for hosting our visit!