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Instagram: A Visual Tour of #KenoshaFun

4/16/2018 - Anna Hegland

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At this point in my life, I feel like I’m equal parts Kenosha Native and Transplant Fan. I grew up in Kenosha, but having moved away for college and graduate school, then moving back between degrees, I’ve discovered new things about my hometown that I can enjoy as an adult. Before leaving for college, I wasn’t old enough to appreciate Kenosha’s nightlife, and many of the fun shops, cafes, and restaurants in the Downtown Kenosha area hadn’t opened yet. Since moving back, I’ve been able to visit the places I loved as a kid, as well as enjoy new places that I’m only just learning about.

Whether you’re new to the area or a native like me, it can sometimes be tricky to find new places to visit, restaurants to try, and events to attend. Don’t worry! There are plenty of tools available to help you discover the best of the Kenosha Area. The Visit Kenosha Blog is one of them — the Community Blog Team regularly shares our favorite parts of the city and provides tips on how to get the most of our your experience. Another great resource is the Kenosha Area Visitors Guide, which you can view online or in print (request your free copy here!), where you can find coupons, events, and information on what’s happening throughout the year. If you’ve used the Visitors Guide before, I also recommend checking out Fun 101, which gives an up-to-date list of 101 things to do in Kenosha that cost under $10. It’s a great way to discover different parks and outdoor attractions (like the Southport Lighthouse and Durkee Mansion). 

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My current favorite way to “see” Kenosha and plan fun weekend activities is to search the Kenosha Fun hashtag (#KenoshaFun) on Instagram, which allows you to see a collection of photos from tourists, Kenosha natives and long-time residents, and the Visit Kenosha team. I use the hashtag in my own photos from around the area (which tend to be food-related), but it’s fun to scroll through and see what other people have posted. It’s an easy way to discover new businesses — I recently found a new pop-up bookstore that was holding an event at The Buzz!

It’s also a great way to find out what new items are appearing on the menu at local restaurants, as places like The GarageMike’s Chicken & Donut Bar, and Franks Diner post weekly specials and mouth-watering meals. (I swear, the amount of time I spend drooling over photos of various donuts at Mike’s is shameful.) It’s fun to be able to keep up with the things that change while I’m away at school. New shops and restaurants all go on a list of places to pop in and try while I’m at home! This is how I found out about Sazzy B and their amazing French Toast. I loved their brunch so much that it’s now on my list of places to take friends who visit from out of town!

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Yet, even more so than food, my favorite part of going through the #KenoshaFun hashtag is seeing the photos people take while down on the lakefront. Right now, there a bunch of gorgeous sunset photos (yes, even though the sun rises over Lake Michigan, the sunsets are still gorgous at the lakefront), plus some great pictures of the beach— I highly recommend checking them out!

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Whether you’re searching for something new or looking forward to a perennial favorite (I’m looking at you, Kenosha Kingfish!), #KenoshaFun has got you covered. Head on over to Instagram and then tag your photos to share your own Kenosha adventure!

Anna Hegland

Community Blogger

Kenosha Native with a love for baseball, ice cream, and the arts. Studied in Iowa, Italy, and England - returned to her hometown. Works for the Kenosha Public Museum and drinks too many chai lattes.

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