Explore Racine County!
A wonderful zoo, a beautiful lakefront, a picturesque lighthouse, museums, architecture and much, much more. You'll find plenty to see and do when you choose to explore Racine County.
- Fortaleza Hall
Fortaleza Hall is a tribute to Sam Johnson, the late chairman emeritus of SC Johnson, a Family Company. The 60,000 square-foot facility is the social center of the company's Racine headquarters campus offering a look at the company’s history. It was designed by Foster + Partners of London and opened in 2010.
Hanging in the center of the building is the Carnaúba. This aircraft is an exact replica of the Sikorsky plane used by H.F. Johnson Jr. in his historic adventure to Northeastern Brazil in 1935. In 1998, Sam Johnson and his sons, Fisk and Curt, recreated aviation and family history when they piloted the Carnaúba roundtrip 15,000 miles from Racine to Fortaleza, Brazil.
"The SC Johnson Gallery: Frank Lloyd Wright at Home," an exhition of rare artifacts and designs on long-term loan from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is also housed in Fortaleza Hall. Beginning in May 2014, the Gallery's exhibition will be "The Two Talliesins."
The Lily Pad gift ship wiithin Fortalezxa Hall features exclusive SC Johnson memorabilia and Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired items .
Fortaleza Hall and the nearby SC Johnson Administration Building and Research Tower and the Golden Rondelle Theater are open to public tours on Fridays and Saturdays. Click here for more information.
- Frank Lloyd Wright architecture
Racine is home to many architectural gems created by Wisconsin native Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959). Among his best-known works are buildings at the SC Johnson headquarters campus, 1525 Howe Street, Racine
The SC Johnson Administration Building and Research Tower
The largest commercial project designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, was completed in 1939. The Great Workroom of the building contains almost one-half acre of floor space. The ceiling is supported by large golf-tee shaped columns that have been termed one of the most advanced structural supports in modern architecture. These columns soar 31 feet from floor to ceiling. The furniture was also designed by Wright to add efficiency and beauty.
The adjacent 15-story Research Tower, opened in 1950, became the birthplace for several of SC Johnson's msot trusted brands, including Raid, Glade, OFF! and Pledge. The Tower is an inspiritng example of cantilever construction with an inner core extending 50 feet into the ground that provide support for the 16 million pound structure.
Last used in 1982, the Tower underwent an extensive interior and exterior restoration. It reopened for public tours in May 2014.
Golden Rondelle Theater
The nearby Golden Rondelle Theater was constructed for the SC Johnson Wax pavilion at the 1964/65 New York World's Fair. It was brought back to Racine and placed on a new base, which was designed by the Taliesin Associate Architects to complement the existing buildings of the SC Johnson corporate headquarters. The Golden Rondelle hosts many community and educational events and offers a rotating schedule of films. Free tours, including the films, the SC Johnson Gallery and the Administration Building, are available on Fridays and Saturdays. Call 262-260-2154 or email [email protected] for reservations. Click here for details.
Also designed by Wright...
Other Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings in the Racine area are the Hardy House (private residence; not open for tours) at 1319 S. Main St., and the Johnson Foundation's Wingspread Conference Center.
Wingspread Conference Center, 33 E. Four Mile Road in the Village of Wind Point, was the home of H.F. Johnson and family. One of the largest Wright-designed private homes, it is now used as an international educational conference facility. The property is available for tours by reservation. Click here for tour information.
- Wind Point Lighthouse
Wind Point Lighthouse
7425 Lighthouse Drive, Village of Wind Point
The Wind Point Lighthouse is the oldest and tallest working lighthouse on Lake Michigan. The
112-foot structure was built in 1880 to warn ships away from the shallow waters off Wind Point.
The beacon, magnified by a Fresnel lens imported from France, was originally a mineral oil lamp. A light keeper and two assistants were needed to maintain and operate the light 24 hours a day. The light can be seen 19 miles away. The light was later converted to electricity and the lighthouse became fully automated in 1964. Today, the structure now serves as the Wind Point Village Hall.
A nearby building, which once housed a fog horn, is now a maritime museum open daily during the summer months.
The Friends of the Wind Point Lighthouse offer tower climbs in the summer and early fall. A rigorous climb up the 144 steps delivers spectacular views of Lake Michigan and the surrounding countryside. Tower climbs are offered the first Sundays of June, July, August, September and October. Reservations are a must!
For details and reservations, visit http://www.windpointlighthouse.com or call 262-880-8266
- Racine Art Museum (RAM)
Racine Art Museum (RAM)
441 Main St., Racine
The Racine Art Museum (RAM) is home to America's large craft collection. These contemporary craft works include ceremics, fibers, glass, metal and wood. With major exhibitions of new work, as well as from the permanent collection of the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts. To learn more about RAM, click here.
RAM is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. 262-638-8300.
- Racine Heritage Museum
Racine Heritage Museum
701 Main St., Racine
Explore Racine County's fascinating history at the Racine Heritage Museum. This compact museum, housed in a former Carnegie Library building, contains exhibits that tell stories of the fascinating, innovative people who have called Racine County home. These include astronaut Laurel Clark, inventor A.B Modine, agricultural industrialist J.I. Case and the SC Johnson family.
A newer feature — the Racine County Sports Hall of Fame — celebrates the accomplishments of its many athletes, including baseball's Duane Kuiper, basketball's Jim McIlvaine and cycling's Erin Mirabella. The Heritage Museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free; donations are welcome. www.racineheritagemuseum.org
- Racine Zoo
Racine Zoological Gardens
2131 N. Main St.
You'll find a remarkable collection of unusual and endangered wildlife at the Racine Zoo.
Located along Lake Michigan, just north of Downtown Racine, the zoo cares for more than 100 different species of animals, including lions, tigers, giraffes, rhinos, bears, camels, wallaroos, penguins and many, many more.
The zoo's compact, 32-acre setting offers an easy walk for kids and seniors.Just for fun, ride the Zoo Train. Picnic areas, a snack bar and playground are available. The zoo also hosts many special events throughout the year, including Eggstravaganza, the Animal Crackers Concert Series, the Classic Car and Bike Show, Great Lakes Brew Fest and Boo at the Zoo.
The Racine Zoo and entrance gift shop are open every day of the year. There is an admission fee. Parking is free. http://www.racinezoo.org
- Quilts on Barns
Quilts on Barns
Motorists, bicylists and hikers traveling the rural roads of Racine County are in for a pleasant surprise when they spot 21 brightly painted 8 x 8 feet square plywood quilt patterns mounted on historic barns.
Among the barn quilt patterns are Bear’s Paw, Wild Goose Fall, Chase, Indian Trails, Tulip Basket, Black-eyed Susan and Corn and Bean. The Mariner’s Compass is strategically mounted on a barn a half-mile from Wind Point Lighthouse, Racine’s popular landmark on Lake Michigan.
Quilts on Barns-the Beauty of Rural Art is an ambitious project, spearheaded by local resident Kathi Wilson who took her idea to the nonprofit Racine Arts Council and Real Racine The barns they choose were selected for their personality, character or historic significance.
For a map of the Racine County barn quilts, visit the official website at: www.quiltsonbarns.com or drop by the Real Racine Vistor Center, 14015 Washington Ave. (I-94, exit 333)
- Night Life
Are you looking for a place to meet up with friends, clients or would like to find a place to watch the BIG game? Racine County offers a diverse selection of pubs, sports bars and cocktail lounges to enjoy. Many have live music.
Airport Inn | 8821 Durand Ave., Sturtevant, 262-886-6650
All Sports Pub | 3458 Rapids Drive, 262-632-8807
Andy’s Tavern 1415 Washington Ave., Racine 262-634-9465
Another Bar 1510 Bryn Mawr Ave., Racine 262-633-4045
Asch’s Place 3162 Sheridan Road, Racine 262-634-9402
Azteca Club 1240 Washington Ave., Racine 262-633-1911
Blue Rock Lounge | 262-883-0281 | 306 6th St., Racine
The Boiler Room 5200 Washington Ave., Racine, 262-634-9400
Brass Rail Tavern 7017 Douglas Ave., Racine, 262-618-9977
Buckets Pub 2031 Lathrop Ave., Racine, 262-633-8951
C J’s Place 1756 Taylor Ave., Racine 262-638-9226
Cabbage Heads Tavern 3311 Hwy H, Franksville, 262-321-0622
Cackle Jacks 620 Northwestern Ave., Racine, 262-632-3323
Chancery Restaurant | 262-635-0533 | 207 Gaslight Circle, Racine
Cham-Tap 2511 Durand Ave., Racine, 262-554-1260
Chartroom Charlies 209 Dodge St., Racine, 262-632-9901
Cliff’s Lounge 3608 Douglas Ave., Racine, 262-681-0730
Coasters 1301 North Main St., Racine, 262-637-9006
Corner Bar & Grill 108 76th St., Caledonia, 262-835-2008
Corner Connection, 6961 Douglas Ave., Racine, 262-639-2428
Cornerstone 600 High St., Racine, 262-633-3226
Country Pump 4713 State Road 31, Caledonia, 262-260-l8350
Demarks Bar & Restaurant 1600 Albert, Racine, 262-637-2933
The Depot 11402 County Hwy G, Caledonia, 262-835-2272
Dickie’s Tavern 1537 Durand Ave., Racine, 262-634-9639
Double D Two 1307 Douglas Ave., Racine, 262-632-3175
Everett’s Pub 9825 Kraut Rd., Franksville, 262-639-4627
Evelyn's Club Main | 262-632-9613 | 331 Main St., Racine
Envi | 316 Main St., Racine, 262-770-4297
George's Tavern | 262-632-6469 | 1201 N Main St., Racine
Hammes Tavern 2005 Taylor Ave., Racine 262-634-6566
Hansne’s Tap 501 Goold Ave., Racine 262-633-0330
Henry & Wanda's | 262-632-1722 | 501 Sixth St., Racine
Hi-O Headquarters 1816 17th St., Racine, 262-633-4922
Hiawatha Bar 9809 Durand Ave., Sturtevant, 262-886-4855
Hushers Pub & Grill 9002 Six Mile Road, Caledonia, 262-835-9795
The Icebox 2328 Douglas Ave., Racine, 262-638-2530
It's All About Us | 20715 Durand Ave., Union Grove, 262-878-4258
Ivanhoe Pub & Eatery | 262-637-4730 | 231 Main St., Racine,
Joey's on Sixth | 910 Sixth St., Racine, 262-632-3127
Joey’s on Taylor /262-633-4663 / 1863 Taylor Ave., Racine
Joey’s on Lathrop / 262-634-9841 / 2054 Lathrop Ave., Racine
John’s Dock / 303 Dodge St. Racine
Kelly's Bleachers 2 in Wind Lake | 262-895-3353 | 7805 South Loomis Rd., Wind Lake
Kennys 1300 North Main St., Racine, 262-638-2622
Lady Luck 2650 thelen Ct., Caledonia, 262-835-9324
Latin Illusions 1600 Douglas Ave., Racine, 262-898-2984
Max 3101 Douglas Ave., Racine, 262-639-9796
McAuliffe's on the Square | 262-898-7371 | 213 6th St., Racine
McAuliffe's Pub | 262-554-9695 | 3700 Meachem Rd., Racine
Michigan’s Pub 1300 Michigan Blvd., Racine, 262-634-6109
Mosquito Inn 3208 Four Mile Rd., Caledonia, 262-681-1891
Neighborhood Bar 2002 Erie St., Racine, 262-632-0233
Oh Dennis Saloon And Charcoal House 4301 Douglas Ave., Racine,262-681-1715
Old School Way The 1300 16th St., Racine, 262-633-3200
The Lanes, 6501 Washington Ave., Racine, 262-886-5151 paradiselanes.com
Pias’ Pizzeria & Restaurant 1756 Taylor Ave., Racine, 262-638-9226
Pink Magnolia | 240B Main St., Racine, 262-898-1811
Pinky’s Hideout 2810 W Cty Tk K, Franksville, 262-835-4318
Pub on Wisconsin | 262-634-0707 | 525 Wisconsin Ave., Racine
Pudgy’s Pub 7800 Washington Ave., Racine, 262-886-9987
R D’s Retreat 1632 Douglas Ave., Racine, 262-637—0203
Redline Tavern 1200 North Wisconsin, Racine, 262-898-1141
Rhino Bar 1659 North Main St., Racine, 262-638-0297
Ricky's Place | 262-634-3151 | 236 Main St., Racine
Ro Jo’s Pub 1317 Yout, Racine, 262-637-4564
Roger’s Place Inc., 1843 N. Wisconsin, Racine, 262-632-9292
Rudy’s 2515 Douglas Ave., Racine, 262-752-0530
Russ’s Tap 2203 DeKoven Ave., Racine, 262-633-1357
Scores Sports Bar | 262-898-8500 | 6100 Washington Ave., Racine
Shillings Irish Pub | 262-632-6389 | 611 Wisconsin Ave., Racine
Roundabout, 262-752-5641, 5844 Douglas Ave., Caledonia
ReefPoint Brewhouse, 2 Christopher Columbus Causeway, Racine, 262-633-8250
Stop On Inn 4653 Douglas Ave., Racine, 262-681-7988
T B G’s 1814 Taylor Ave., Racine, WI 262-634-7000
Tammy’s Town Tap 4510 N. Raynor Ave., Franksville, 262-835-9190
Teezers 1936 Lathrop Ave., Racine, 262-632-6611
The Club | 1244 Washington Ave., Racine, 262-633-1911
Tommy’s 1921 DeKoven Ave., Racine, 262-638-0309
Toppers 4507 Douglas Ave., Racine, 262-639-7770
Vintage Rock Cafe | 262-554-9449 | 3701 Durand Ave., Racine
Warning Track LLC 1301 Washington Ave., Racine, 262-634-4440
Winner’s Circle 1403 Superior, Racine, 262-638-0656
Witt’s End 11601 County Hwy G, Caledonia, WI 262-835-2490
Yardarm Bar & Grill | 262-633-8270 | 930 Erie St., Racine