Life in Kenosha

Recreation

 

Whether you’re an avid golfer, cyclist, skier, fisherman or something in between, Kenosha County has plenty of active fun for all ages.  No matter what the season or the activity that gets you going – except maybe mountain climbing – it’s here in Kenosha County.

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Fun on the lake

It’s hard to discuss outdoor recreation without mentioning Kenosha County’s big neighbor to the east, Lake Michigan. Eleven miles of shoreline border the county and provide easy access to sailing, fishing, swimming, boating – and so much more – on the Great Lake. 

We like to bike

Throughout Kenosha County, you’ll see bike lanes, bike trails, and biking events.  It has made bicycling a priority by ensuring most new roads have room for bikers, creating mountain bike trails in Silver Lake, installing bike racks in the downtown area and taking care of the oldest velodrome in the country – which happens to be right here in Kenosha County.   

Kenosha County Bike Trails
The Washington Park Velodrome opened in 1927 and is the oldest operating velodrome in the country, and the only track in the state of Wisconsin. It’s a 333 meter track with 28 degree banked corners. The track has produced many National, Olympic and World Champions over the years. In 2015-2016 the velodrome had a much needed renovation, changing the surface to concrete and increasing the corner banking.

Explore the outdoors

Home to more than 1,500 acres of recreational park space at seven parks throughout the county; Kenosha County offers residents and visitors alike the opportunity to experience the beauty of the Wisconsin outdoors. Some of the county’s hidden gems include the Hawthorne Hallow Arboretum, Pringle Nature Center and the county’s three disc golf courses.

Kenosha County Parks

Petrifying Springs Park

Adventures for all seasons

Snowshoeing at KD Park, windsurfing or paddleboarding on Lake Andrea, hiking at Petrifying Springs Park, charter fishing on Lake Michigan, skiing at Wilmot Mountain or learning to sail at the Kenosha Yacht Club…these are just some of the exciting activities to explore in Kenosha County no matter what the season!

For the highly active

From the Wisconsin Marathon and Pleasant Prairie triathlons to the Washington Park Velodrome and Wilmot Mountain, the county has plenty to offer fitness geeks and thrill seekers alike.   Kayak, sail, cross-country ski, skateboard, hike…whatever gets you going.

Kenosha County annually hosts several national athletic events. Prairie Springs Park and Lake Andrea in Pleasant Prairie host an average of four triathlons a year.  Current and past events include the Danskin, Trek, Pleasant Prairie and Iron Girl triathlons and the USA Paratriathlon National Championships. The Wisconsin Marathon runs along the lakefront in Downtown Kenosha and attracts runners from all over the world.

We’re swimming in lakes

Taking one big, beautiful lake out of the equation, there are still 25 lakes and ponds throughout the County that adventurers can boat, swim, fish and play in.  Silver Lake, Paddock Lake and Lake Mary are just a few and the quaint retreat of Lake Geneva is just over our western border.

Everything but mountain climbing

Kenosha County has some great golf courses for a community it’s size – including two championship courses.  Seven very different courses in all offer something “fore” every kind of golfer. We also have several award-winning private courses including the Rick Jacobson-designed Strawberry Creek and the Kenosha Country Club, designed by Donald Ross.

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Let’s get physical

Kenosha County is home to the largest municipal rec facility in the nation: the Pleasant Prairie RecPlex. Encompassing more than 300,000 sq. ft.—including a 80,000 sq. ft. ice arena and 50-meter Olympic-sized competition pool— the RecPlex allows residents to keep active and pursue their fitness goals year-round.

Pleasant Prairie RecPlex
The RecPlex Aqua Arena & Waterpark is one of the premier competitive swim facilities in the nation.  The state-of-the-art aquatic center features a 50 meter pool that can be configured into up to 10 lanes and holds 170,000 sq. ft. of water. The arena hosts almost 40 events a year on average, attracting more than 20,000 competitors from across the Midwest.  State championship meets for Wisconsin & Illinois are regularly hosted here, as well as sectional and regional meets for areas throughout the Midwest.