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Always Something To Do

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Always Something To Do

I love when people say that there is nothing to do in Kenosha. Especially in Downtown Kenosha.

If you can’t hear the sarcasm in my typing, make no mistake that this is the most annoying thing I hear on any given day. If someone can’t find something to do it is only because they are not looking! Let me prove my point.

Transparent Watercolor Society of America Annual National Juried Exhibition at Kenosha Public Museum WisconsinRecently, I had a colleague out and about in Downtown Kenosha with her family. They had planned to do something very specific, but this outing was contingent on weather. Of course Mother Nature wasn’t playing nice that day and ruined their plans. She didn’t fold up her arms, throw a tantrum and run home though. With a few minutes of web browsing and asking some questions at the Kenosha HarborMarket information booth, she and her family were off on a completely new adventure than the one they left the house for that morning.

Their “Plan B” included viewing a nationally acclaimed art exhibit a museum, lunch at a café with international flare, and climbing a historic lighthouse. That doesn’t sound like too shabby of a Plan B to me!

The exhibit was the Transparent Watercolor Society of America’s Annual Juried Exhibition. This group of artists has called Kenosha “home” for their annual show for many years, and 2016 marks their 40th annual show. It is truly impressive to see, as many of the watercolor paintings look more like photographs. The exhibit is on display at the Kenosha Public Museum through August 7 – so hurry over to enjoy the amazing talent.

b2ap3_thumbnail_15273520917_bb532f9aa2_z.jpgFood is something Downtown Kenosha definitely does right. Linnea Bakery is just one of the many choices for a casual dining experience. Walking through the door at this Scandinavia bakery and café is the start of a learning experience. From hearing about traditional recipes and learning how to pronounce menu items names’ to shopping gifts made in Sweden and surrounding areas to browsing items to take home that have Scandinavian influence (like Lingonberry preserves!) – you’ll feel like you took a trip around the world without ever leaving our neighborhood.

Southport Light Station Museum Kenosha Wisconsin72 steps take you to the top of the 1866 Southport Lighthouse, but climbing the lighthouse is just part of the fun. The views are amazing and knowing that you are standing where several lighthouse keepers stood 150 years ago is pretty cool. The adjacent Southport Light Station Museum documents the Kenosha of yesteryear with a large manufacturing and shipping industry, the lives of previous lighthouse keepers, Lake Michigan shipwrecks and more.

These were just ideas that a few people came up with in a pinch… imagine all the fun waiting for you out there with a little bit of planning! What are some of your favorite things to explore and enjoy in Downtown Kenosha?

Kenosha Public Museum
5500 First Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140
(262) 653-4140

Linnea Bakery
512 56th Street
Kenosha, WI 53140
(262) 484-4203

Southport Light Station Museum
5117 4th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140
(262) 654-5770