There is no shortage of Things to do in Racine County. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or a culture buff, a shopper or lover of architecture, Racine County has something for you. Here's our ultimate bucket list of must-do's when you visit.
Paddle down one of our naturally breathtaking waterways in Racine County. Both REC and Riverbend Nature Center have canoes and kayaks available for rental. In addition to offering kayak and canoe rentals during the summer season, the REC also hosts environmental education workshops for families, private events, and school field trips.
The REC is opened seasonally beginning the first week after Memorial Day and ending the last week of September. Watch our video below to experience Root River Paddling:
Located along Lake Michigan, just north of Downtown, the zoo cares for more than 100 different species of animals, including more than 50 endangered species. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in numerous interactive exhibits like hand-feeding friendly birds in the aviary, visitors may also experience a close-up experience Giraffe Encounter.
In 2018, the Racine Zoo became Wisconsin's first zoo — and only the seventh institution accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums — to receive certification as a Sensory Inclusive facility. The certification, which included extensive staff training, has better prepared the Zoo to assist guests with challenges often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia and other similar conditions. Click here to learn more.
Through the efforts of hundreds of dedicated volunteers led by a small professional staff, RTG annually offers a season of eight main-stage plays and musicals, Racine Children’s Theatre, Jean’s Jazz Series, and Comedy Tonight. Tickets and showtimes are available here.
Watch our video about the Racine Theatre Guild Below:
A must see while you're in Racine County! North Beach is Wisconsin's first beach to be designated as a Certified Blue Wave clean beach by the National Clean Beaches Council. Its national accolades include Top 5 Best Freshwater Beach (USA Today), Top 10 Family Friendly Beach (Parents magazine) and Top City Beach (Midwest Living magazine). Come and spend the day on 50 acres of pristine sand and blue water located a few blocks from Downtown Racine. Lifeguards are on duty daily from the first week in June through the first week in September. There's FREE parking in designated lots or along nearby streets.
Along the coast just a short drive north lies the Wind Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse is open for tower climb tours on select dates during the year and is also available to private groups by reservation. The park grounds are open daily. Whether the trip is for exploring history, photos or taking in the scenery, visitors will be glad they got up and close with the historic lighthouse. Click here to reserve your tour.
The Franksville Craft Beer Garden is a community gathering spot. Open on weekends from June into September, the garden offers a half-dozen or more craft and specialty brews made in Wisconsin. You’ll find yard games and lively conversation at the picnic tables under ample shade trees. This gathering place also offers events and activities throughout the summer such as food trucks, live music, movie nights, yoga classes and more.
In Downtown Racine, craft breweries are on the rise. The Racine Brewing Company, 303 Main St., is a community-centric craft brewery, providing year-round brews as well as seasonal craft beers and regularly rotating limited release beers. Racine Brewing’s taproom also offers a rotating selection of homemade craft sodas. Just a block away at 214 Third St., the owners of Littleport Brewing Co. are renovating a historic brick warehouse into a microbrewery and tap room that is anticipated to open in 2019.
The Great Workroom, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is truly a unique work of art that reflects the innovation and adventure that are still the spirit of SC Johnson today. The Research Tower opened in 1950. Both are on the National Register of Historic Places. Herbert Johnson Jr. commissioned Wright to build Wingspread, his 14,000 sq. ft. Prairie style home, which was completed in 1939.
These buildings are filled with unique history that is perfect for the architecture enthusiasts. Both of these adventures are free and open to the public. Tours are available through reservations here.
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