Kenosha, Wisconsin: More to it than an outlet mall

The tagline of the Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is “One Great Lake, countless great times!” That “Great Lake” would be Lake Michigan and those “great times”? My family and I had a whole bunch of them in Kenosha this past weekend.

Having lived in Chicago my entire life, I’ve known that my city and Kenosha share part of the Lake Michigan shoreline. I’ve driven past Kenosha at least a thousand times over the years on my way to Milwaukee or points further north. I never stopped, though – well, just at the outlet mall in nearby Pleasant Prairie. So when my family and I were invited to visit Kenosha by the Kenosha Area CVB, I said, “Ya know, it is about time that I actually GO to Kenosha.” We went, we enjoyed, and we didn’t even stop at the outlet mall.

Aside from its prime location on Lake Michigan and the stunning views to go along with it, here are some quick facts about Kenosha:

  • It is the fourth largest city in Wisconsin, behind Milwaukee, Madison, and Green Bay.
  • It is only fifty miles north of Chicago and thirty-five miles south of Milwaukee.
  • Ninety per cent of Kenosha’s lakefront is dedicated to, and set up for, public use.
  • Some famous people from Kenosha include: Al Molinaro (Al Delvecchio of TV’s “Happy Days”); Daniel J. Travanti (I loved “Hill Street Blues”!); and cutie-pie actor, Mark Ruffalo.
  • One of its sister cities is Cosenza, Italy, which is in Calabria (and, therefore, is a big deal to this Calabrese-American).

We had only two days in Kenosha but we packed them solid with exciting and interesting things to see and do. Watch this space; there will be lots of Kenosha fun coming your way!

My family’s trip to Kenosha, including accommodations and meals, was provided by the Kenosha Area CVB and its partners. All words and opinions, however, are my own.

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22 Responses to Kenosha, Wisconsin: More to it than an outlet mall

  1. Pola (@jettingaround) September 24, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    I look forward to your Kenosha posts, Francesca! I’ve always passed Kenosha on way to and from Milwaukee, been to the Brat Stop a few times, and that’s about it. I know there’s more, because a friend recently moved there, and I’m curious to read about the place.

  2. Francesca September 25, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    Excellent, Pola! I’m happy to hear you’re interested in Kenosha. I’ll have a few more posts coming soon 🙂

  3. elatlboy September 25, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    Look forward to your future Kenosha posts. I went there for a couple of hours earlier in the year during a day trip to Chicago and had a relaxing time. 🙂

    • Francesca September 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

      Excellent, Aaron. It’s like Chicago’s little, calmer brother.

  4. D.J. - The World of Deej September 25, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    Wait…there’s an outlet mall? Oh I’m so there….:)

    • Francesca September 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

      Oh, you’re so funny, Deej! 🙂

  5. Ana Silva O'Reilly (@mrsoaroundworld) September 26, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Well, I have never heard of Kenosha – nor did I know which were the largest cities in Wisconsin! But with an outlet mall… hum.. is it good?

    • Francesca September 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

      The outlet mall is quite nice, better than your average American outlet mall. It’s been remodeled and expanded recently.

  6. Leah Travels (@L_e_a_h) September 26, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    Between you and Ted I’m really learning a lot about Wisconsin. Tell me more…about the outlet mall…hahahaha!

    • Francesca September 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

      You and Deej should get together and start your own comedy routine! 😉

  7. craig zabransky (@StayAdventurous) September 26, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    90 percent for public use… that’s a good call. stay adventurous, Craig

    • Francesca September 29, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

      It is a good call, Craig. One of the things I really like about Kenosha.

  8. Lazy Travelers (@lazytravelers) September 28, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    we’re always shocked by how pretty lake michigan is. we really need to see more of the middle part of the us… we tend to stick to the coasts!

    • Francesca September 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

      Yep, most folks tend to stick to the coasts. That’s why I’ve taken to showing the world (or trying to) that there’s lots to see here in “Flyover Country”.

  9. Ted Nelson (@travelingted) September 28, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

    My experience in Kenosha has been pretty similar. I have driven past it hundreds of times. The times I have stopped was to visit a relative who lived near the lake. It was really pretty. I did not know Kenosha was number four in Wisconsin. Look forward to hearing more about it and seeing more nice photos.

    • Francesca September 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

      There will be more coming your way, Ted!

  10. Tawny- Captain and Clark September 28, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

    Kenosha sounds like a great time. We’ve never been, but will definitely have to check it out. It MUST be good if you didn’t got to any outlet malls, those are my weakness.

    • Francesca September 29, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

      Yeah, didn’t really feel the need to hit the outlet mall. I was able to shop enough elsewhere, and for more original items.

  11. john September 29, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    What a good location for a city – right in between two other big cities. Close enough to have all the amenities but enough distance to not be affected by all the big city headaches.

    • Francesca September 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

      My exact thoughts, John. There were times during our visit when we had the entire harbor front to ourselves – on a beautiful, sunny Saturday. If it were Chicago, the place would be mobbed.

  12. The World Wanderer September 30, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    The picture alone makes me want to go!

    • Francesca October 2, 2012 at 11:40 am #

      Lake Michigan is pretty spectacular!

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