Looking for summer fun but you’re saving up for that college education? Check out these free area attractions.
1. Play disc golf at Fox River Park, Lincoln Park, Silver Lake Park or UW-Parkside.
2. At the Kenosha Public Museum, the new permanent “From Curiosity to Science” exhibit has opened.
3. Walk, bike, or drive through Kenosha’s four historic districts.
4. Enjoy the Sculpture Walk, which runs along the harbor and features a dozen works of art. Look for new sculptures coming in September.
5. On select weekends, Kemper Center’s Durkee Mansion is open for self-guided tours in the Third Avenue Historic District.
6. This year’s car exhibit at the Kenosha History Center is “All-American: Kenosha Style.” All the cars have the paint scheme that AMC made famous: red, white, and blue. Bonus: The History Center is hosting a FREE Summer Block Party on June 1 to kick off the season.
7. Kenosha has five beaches along Lake Michigan! Stroll down the boardwalk on Simmons Island Beach.
8. There are more than 130 miles of bike trails to explore in Kenosha County, including the new Kenosha County Bike Trail and Pike Bike Trail.
9. The Transparent Watercolor Society of America’s 43rd annual National Juried Exhibition is at the Kenosha Public Museum through Aug 4.
10. Experience the outdoor Kenosha HarborMarket on Saturdays through Oct 12. Enjoy live music as you shop. (Admission is free ... but you’ll probably want to buy SOMETHING.)
11. Visit Bristol 45 Diner’s cruise-in nights, May through September (the first, third and fifth Monday of the month).
12. Come and play at Kenosha’s first 100 percent accessible playground: The Dream Playground at Petzke Park.
13. Enjoy Aquanut Water Shows on Lake Mary, most Wednesdays and Saturdays through Aug 31.
14. The Washington Park Velodrome is the oldest track of its kind in the country.Watch races Mondays and Tuesdays.
15. Go fly a kite! The Outta Sight Kite Flight in Kennedy Park is June 1-2.
16. Go Fish! Fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp on Free Fishing Weekend, June 1-2.
17. The Kenosha Pops Concert Band performs Wednesday evenings at the Sesquicentennial Band Shell, June 12 through July 31 in Pennoyer Park.
18. At the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, kids will enjoy the exhibit Little Clint: The Story of a Baby Dinosaur.
19. Live music by area musicians is the focus of Bloomin’ Bands, held June 14-15.
20. June 20 is Food, Folks & Spokes in Library Park. This festival includes cycling races, food and entertainment.
21. Enjoy free cheese samples and one-of-a-kind photo spots at Mars Cheese Castle.
22. The Twilight Jazz Free Concerts happen on the Kemper Center grounds on June 25, July 9, July 23, Aug. 6 and Aug 20.
23. The city of Kenosha holds these patriotic events: the Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade (June 30) and Celebrate America (July 4-5).
24. The Peanut Butter & Jam Concert Series serves up two concerts each Thursday, July 11 through Aug 29.
25. Kids can cool off at the splash pad by the lakefront. It’s located in HarborPark.
26. Enjoy family fun at Bristol Progress Days, July 12-14.
27. Tuesdays At the Shell concerts happen at the Sesquicentennial Band Shell each Tuesday, July 9 through Aug 27.
28. Enjoy Lincoln Park Live concerts on select Wednesdays in picturesque Lincoln Park.
29. Taste of Wisconsin is July 26-28 at the lakefront.
30. At the Kenosha Public Museum, see the excavated-in-Kenosha County mammoths and stop at The Field Station for hands-on activities.
31. On Aug 1, watch in awe as a fleet of seven historic vessels arrive in Kenosha’s harbor for the Kenosha Tall Ships festival (Aug 2-4). The Parade of Sail is FREE to view.
32. The Colonial through Western Fur Trade era (1650s- 1850s) is re-enacted during Pike River Rendezvous, Aug 3-4.
33. Silver Lake Park is home to 10 miles of year-round mountain bike trails for all levels of riders.
34. Explore the Union Park Arts District, which includes Lemon Street Gallery, ArtWorks/Pencillarium and Re:Vision Gallery. It’s free to browse.
35. Take a picture with the Welcome to Wisconsin sign at the I-94 Visitor Information Center.
36. Attend Picnic in the Park on Aug. 24, a family-friendly celebration at Petrifying Springs Park.
37. Learn about Lake Michigan shipwrecks and more maritime history at the Southport Light Station Museum.
38. Enjoy the Kenosha Classic Cruise-In car show on Aug. 31 in downtown Kenosha.
39. All things cheese will be celebrated during Cheese-A-Palooza, Aug. 31 and Sept 1.
40. Walk, bike, rollerblade, or just sit and relax along the Lake Michigan shore. The sunrises are stunning!
41. View the work of local artists at the Pollard Gallery.
42. Enjoy concerts, art exhibits, and discussions at Kenosha Creative Space.
43. Seniors (age 60 and older) can enjoy the Kenosha YMCA for free on the third Tuesday of every month.
44. On the second Saturday of every month, enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of historic Simmons Library.
45. Take a photo of one of Kenosha’s most recognized landmarks: the North Pier Lighthouse.
46. Play a game of pickleball at Fox River Park.
47. Bring your skateboards, scooters, roller blades, or bikes to Anderson Park’s 11,000 square foot concrete skatepark.
48. The 61st annual Blessing of the Fleet is 10:30 a.m. on June 2 at the Kenosha Yacht Club, 5130 Fourth Ave.
49. Head to Highway E in Somers on July 4 for the town’s annual Fourth of July Parade (and stick around for the ice cream social at the Town Hall).
50. Wrap up the summer season on Sept. 14 at the Kenosha Fall Festival.
This list was compiled by the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. For more details and updates, go to www.VisitKenosha.com.