About an hour north of Chicago lies the port of Kenosha on the west side of Lake Michigan, It is a popular place where people escape to for some relaxation. People are usually surprised by what a rich heritage the city has.
Kenosha has invested in its public facilities and turned its lakefront into a wonderful place to visit. There are two public parks built around the harbor as well as a beautiful sculpture park. The Kenosha Public Museum is a hybrid natural sciences and fine arts museum located downtown in an impressive contemporary gallery. Consistently rated as the most popular attraction in town, the Civil War Museum is one of the largest of its kind. It focuses on the Civil War from the point of view Midwestern Union soldiers through their own stories and also explores how the war affected people on the home front. If you want to get outside, the city has also been able to save and restore four of the older districts with 21 sites in the National Historic Register. Take a walking tour of the downtown or ride the city’s streetcar. The city has also restored the lighthouse on Simmons Island and is open to the public.
You’ll find plenty of family entertainment around town. Kids and grownups alike enjoy the Jelly Belly Center. Visitors can take a 35-minute factory tour on the Jelly Belly Express, an indoor train. Learn the history of America’s favorite jellybean see it made. There is even a fashion display of dresses made out of jellybeans. Another favorite is the Dinosaur Discovery Museum housed in the Beaux Art historic landmark. They have the largest collection of meat-eating theropods and tons of displays. The children can get their hands dirty on the weekends with the Dino Digs programs that allow them to be amateur paleontologist. Families also gravitate to the innovative America’s Action Territory Family Fun Park located off of Interstate 41.