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Dear Neighbor,

The Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (KACVB) is proud to join destinations across Wisconsin and the U.S. in celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week to shine a spotlight on tourism's positive impact on our local economy. While you may think of tourism as existing only in places like Wisconsin Dells, Las Vegas or Disney World, the tourism industry is hard at work here in Kenosha County too. Tourism creates jobs, business and entrepreneurial opportunities, and tax revenues that reduce the tax burden on our local citizens.Tourists are drawn to Kenosha County for its unique, one-of-a-kind attractions, activities and natural resources that we enjoy every day as residents. In fact, tourists spent a record $213.6 million in Kenosha County in 2017. This spending directly supported many local businesses such as restaurants, shops, and galleries. It supported our attractions, museums, hotels and nature centers. It supported festivals and events that benefit local charities and our arts community. The places that tourists enjoy and appreciate when they visit are the same places that make Kenosha County such a special place for us to live. So as we celebrate Tourism Week, we invite you to appreciate all the wonderful things to see and do right here in Kenosha County. Make a pledge to "Be a Tourist in Your Own Town"... this week and all year-round! Read on to learn about tourism's economic impact and the many resources available to find your own FUN in the Kenosha area!

Sincerely,
The Kenosha Area CVB Team

 

The Economic Impact of Tourism in Kenosha County

 

 

Be a Tourist in Your Town Town

They say there's no such thing as a free lunch, but there is FREE FUN to be had in the Kenosha Area! On select days during National Travel & Tourism Week, favorite local attractions are offering FREE admission or other freebies! It's our way of celebrating the power of tourism in our community and helping YOU become a Tourist in Your Own Town - this week and all year-round!  

Sunday, May 6: 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) Details >

Monday, May 7:  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) Details >

Tuesday, May 8: 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) Details >

Wednesday, May 9:  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). Details>

Thursday, May 10: 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 inside the Eatery Dining Pavilion. Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Value $5). Details >

Friday, 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) Details >

More Free Fun!

Did you know you can find FREE FUN in Kenosha all year-round? We hear it from visitors all the time... Kenosha is a great value. And we agree! There are so many free (and nearly freee) things to do every day of the year throughout our community. In fact, we've put together a list of 101 Things to See & Do for $10 & Under (many are totally FREE). CLICK HERE for our Spring/Summer FUN 101 List and learn about the many attractions, activities and events that you can enjoy for free throughout the year!  

 

Find-Your-Fun Resources

Just as we help visitors plan the perfect getaway to the Kenosha area, we're here to help you - our local neighbors - get in on the fun too!  Use these helpful resources to "Be a Tourist in Your Own Town"!