Looking for great way to spend a lazy afternoon or a long weekend? With a mix of national, local and unique, Racine County has every shopping opportunity you could want.

Downtown Racine is home to locally owned shops, galleries and night spots. Monument Square, the business district's focal point, is the site of special events all year round, including The Big Chill (snow sculpting competition held in January) and Music on the Monument (summer music series).

Downtown Racine is at its liveliest for First Fridays (April through December) and the annual Party on the Pavement (the last Saturday in September).

Other shopping areas in the City of Racine include West Racine, a center of the area's Danish heritage containing a pair of Kringle bakeries and several specialty shops; and Douglas Avenue, with a selection of local retailers and restaurants.

Regency Mall, at Green Bay Road and Durand Avenue, is anchored by Boston Store, Dunham's Sports and Burlington Coat Factory. The surrounding shopping district includes specialty retailers and service providers.

The Village of Mount Pleasant has a variety of national retail and restaurant chains as well as locally owned retailers and services located along Durand Avenue, Washington Avenue and Green Bay Road.

The City of Burlington has a charming downtown with many distinctive merchants. Its Wehmhoff Square Park is a meeting place and home to a seasonal farmers' market.

Adventurous shoppers can explore specialty shops, art galleries, antique stores and gift shops scattered throughout Racine County villages.

Union Grove has an active downtown business district that hosts several special events every year. Waterford is a Designated Wisconsin Main Street Community where volunteers are restoring its Historical District.

Rochester, located along the scenic Fox River, annually hosts "A Day in the Country" in September. Sturtevant has a number of locally owned merchants, including one of the area's largest antique malls. Caledonia is a suburban community with access to local and national shopping opportunities.