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National Travel & Tourism Week

Dear Neighbor,

For the team here at the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (KACVB), tourism isn't just our job, it's our passion. We're proud to join destinations across Wisconsin and the U.S. in celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week to shine the spotlight on tourism's positive impact on our local economy. Tourism in Kenosha County is thriving  because of the many wonderful assets we enjoy every day as residents. Visitor spending generates local tax revenues that reduce the burden on citizens. It provides jobs and creates business and entrepreneurial opportunities for our residents. And it's these people - working the front lines and behind the scenes to wow our visitors - who we celebrate with this year's Tourism Week theme, "Faces of Travel" (see photo gallery below).

Tourism Week is also an opportunity for us to encourage you - our friends and neighbors in Kenosha County - to "Be a Tourist in Your Own Town". And as a special treat, we've partnered with local attractions to offer Kenosha Area Free Days! Check out the schedule below and take advantage of FREE admission and other freebies during Tourism Week!

Kenosha Area CVB Team


Kenosha Area


May 7 – 13, 2017

There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but there is FREE FUN to be had in the Kenosha Area! Each day during Tourism Week 2017, a favorite local attraction is offering FREE admission or other freebies! It’s our way of helping you become a Tourist in Your Own Town – this week and all year long!  


Sunday, May 7: Kenosha Electric Streetcar
Free Ride Day

Everyone rides free today!  Hop aboard one of the fleet’s beautifully restored electric streetcars for a scenic trip along the Lake Michigan shore, through historic districts, and Downtown Kenosha. Sunday Streetcar hours are 10:35 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. (Value $0.50 - $1.00)

Monday, May 8: Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets
Free Savings Passport Book

You’ll find exceptional brands up to 65% off every day, but on this day you’ll get a free VIP Savings Passport book containing even more amazing savings! Pick up your free Passport at the Guest Services desk in the Pavilion & Eatery. Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Value $5). 

Tuesday, May 9: Civil War Museum
Free Main Exhibit Admission

All guests will receive free admission to the Civil War Museum’s main exhibit – The Fiery Trial – an immersive exhibit and 360-degree film that tell the inspiring and personal stories of the soldiers on the war front and family back home in the Midwest.  Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Value $5 - $9)

Wednesday, May 10: Kenosha County Dog Parks
Free Single Day Admission
Bring your pup to any (or all) of Kenosha County Dog Parks today and get free single-day admission. Parks include Carlisle Family Dog Park at Petrifying Springs Park, Harris Family Dog Park at Old Settlers Park, and Warren Close Bark Park at KD Park. Dogs must be current on all vaccinations and wear valid dog tags. Parks open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Value $2 - $5). 

Thursday, May 11: Southport Lighthouse
Free Tower Climbs

Climb the 72 steps to the top of Kenosha’s historic 1866 lighthouse and experience a one-of-a-kind view over Lake Michigan and Kenosha. (On a clear day, you can even see the Chicago skyline!) You’ll ascend the very same spiral staircase that devoted lighthouse keepers of Kenosha’s past did! Must be 8 years or older to climb. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Value $5 - $10)

Friday, May 12: Pringle Nature Center at Bristol Woods Park
Free GPS and Explorer Backpack Rentals

Get outdoors and into nature at this 200-acre park and nature center! Check out a pre-programmed GPS unit to hunt for Geocaches in the park, or a family-friendly Explorer Backpack filled with all tools you need for a fun exploration. First come-first serve 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Driver’s license or ID required to check out. (Value $5 each)

Saturday, May 13: RecPlex Ice Arena
Free Open Skating and Skate Rental

Pleasant Prairie is home to America’s largest municipal recreation facility – RecPlex! Featuring a fitness center, fieldhouse, aqua arena, indoor waterpark and ice arena, you’re sure to find your inner athlete here! On this day, enjoy free open skating and skate rental. Open skate from 11:40 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. (Value $6.50 - $9.50)