Here are few itinerary suggestions for your Racine County group tour:
Danish bakeries for world-famous Kringle
A Kringle stop is a must on your Racine County itinerary. You owe it to your travelers to treat them to a taste of one of life's delicious pleasures. This authentic Danish pastry is made from 32 layers of flaky, buttery dough filled with a variety of fruits or nuts. Various Racine area bakeries offer free samples and coffee. Behind-the-scenes tours and baking demonstrations must be arranged in advance. These are offered at Lehmann and Larsen Bakeries. O & H Bakery offers a brief history of Kringle followed by Kringle samples and shopping. Time: approximately 45 minutes-1 hour/fee/free.
CNH Industrial Tractor Assembly Plant Tour
2701 Oakes Road, Sturtevant
Your group will meet in the new Case IH Racine Experience Center, located at 2701 Oakes Rd. Parking is available to the east of the building located just off Hwy. 11 (Durand Ave. across from the Menards/Walmart Plaza. Reservations required.
Dealers, customers, and prospective customers can now kick the tires of Case IH’s latest tractor models (as well as historic and future ones). The agricultural work-horses are displayed inside the company’s new 20,000 sq. ft. Racine Experience Center.
The Experience Center celebrates Case IH’s “past, present, and future,”.
The facility features a Case IH Fan (souvenir) Shop immediately inside the door, an exhibit of past, present, and future tractors and technology, and a multi-media meeting space with seating for 150. It also serves as a starting point for plant tours. The oldest pieces in the collection are a 1913 75 hp Case Traction Steam Engine and a four-cylinder 1913 Case Model N Touring Car. Some of the newest innovations in farming technology are on display. A timeline on one wall traces company history. Approx. 45 minutes/free
After your experience, you can tour the CNH Industrial Case IH and New Holland farm tractor plant. As you take this walking tour, you will see massive tractors being assembled from beginning to end, viewing each step of production. Watch transmissions moving down the assembly line, engines being painted by robots, windshields, and tires being mounted on the tractors, to the final step of driving them off the line. Minimum age is 14. Total time with Experience Center: 2.5 hours/free
Wind Point Lighthouse
4725 Lighthouse Drive, Wind Point
Located on Racine's north side in the village of Wind Point, the 180-foot Wind Point Lighthouse, built-in 1880, is the oldest and tallest working lighthouse on Lake Michigan. Its automated light, maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard, casts a beam of 19 miles. The building now serves as the Wind Point Village Hall. Visitors are welcome to tour the grounds - a beautiful location for your groups to stroll the area, enjoy the incredible view and take some great photos of this majestic landmark. Time: 30 minutes/free.
SC Johnson Campus
1525 Howe Street, Racine
The SC Johnson Administration Building and Research Tower is the largest commercial project designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Administration Building was completed in 1939. Its Great Workroom contains nearly one-half acre of workable floor space and has a ceiling supported by huge golf tree-shaped columns that have been termed one of the most advanced structural supports in modern architecture. Wright also designed the building's furniture to add efficiency and beauty. The 15-story Research Tower, opened in 1950, is constructed on the cantilever principle off a center core. Exhibits on two floors offer guests a look at the tower's origin and a mock-up of a 1950s-era laboratory.
A testament to SC Johnson’s rich history, Fortaleza Hall honors the spirit of adventure and highlights the landmark expeditions to Brazil by the late fourth generation leader Sam Johnson and his father, H.F. Johnson, Jr.
The building, designed by Foster + Partners of London, opened in February 2010 and offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about the SC Johnson company and its core values. The 60,000 square foot Fortaleza Hall provides historical context for the company and the advances that continue to take place through displays and memorabilia. Of particular interest is a replica of the Sikorsky S-38 amphibious aircraft that was used to recreate H.F. Johnson's 1930s expedition to study the carnauba palm, a key ingredient in the company's floor and furniture care products. Fortaleza Hall also houses the SC Johnson Gallery: At Home With Frank Lloyd Wright,. a Wright library and a gift shop.
The Golden Rondelle Theater was constructed as the SC Johnson Wax pavilion at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. It was then transported to Racine and placed on a new base that was designed by the Taliesin Associate Architects to complement the existing buildings on the SC Johnson campus. The theater regularly presents the films, "Carnauba, A Son's Memoir". and “To Be Alive". Time for SC Johnson campus tours: 1 to 2 hours/free. Advance reservations required.
Racine Art Museum
441 Main Street, Racine
With a concentration on works in ceramics, fibers, glass, metals and wood, the Racine Art Museum (RAM) houses the largest collection of contemporary crafts of any North American museum. RAM's permanent collection of more than 3,000 pieces features work by leaders in the field In addition to rotating exhibitions from its permanent collection, RAM also hosts exhibitions of works created specifically for the museum by major contemporary artists and brings important traveling art exhibitions to the Midwest. Wheelchair accessible. Time: Self Guided.
Roots of Freedom Underground Railroad History Tour
Includes in-town walking and driving tours and an out-of-town driving tour with a route that passes by farms and houses that Racine area abolitionists used to keep slaves safe from people searching for them in the 1850s. A new brochure is available outlining more than 25 sites within the county. Visit many of the places that Caroline Quarlls, Joshua Glover and other runaway slaves stayed. Also, see homes where Burlington’s abolitionist’s lived. The Racine Heritage Museum, 701 Main St., is a tour stop with an Underground Railroad exhibit. Self-guided/free.