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Racine County, WI

Racine County, WI

Racine County is a mix of what’s best about Wisconsin and the Midwest. If you like small towns and family-friendly events, you’ll enjoy places like Waterford, Rochester and Union Grove. Racine with its beckoning lakefront, fascinating Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and exciting downtown is for the bigger city adventurer. While Burlington remains nestled in the scenic Fox River valley. If you’re looking for accessible suburbs, visit the villages of Mount Pleasant, Caledonia, Sturtevant or Wind Point. And if you love the water, you might find it hard to choose between Lake Michigan and dozens of delightful inland lakes.

  • Party on the Pavement

    Downtown Racine Main and Sixth Streets - Racine, WI 53403

    September 27, 2014 - September 27, 2014

    Start Time: 10:00 AM End Time: 7:00 PM

    Downtown Racine's premiere street festival with music, FREE admission, guests will enjoy numerous stages of continuous live entertainment, a beverage garden, a special Fun Zone with pony rides, petting zoo, bouncy houses, a Ferris Wheel, airbrush tattoos and much more! Art Walk on 6th Street! Food vendors galore along with clowns, face painters, and other special guests.

    http://www.racinedowntown.com

  • Party on the Pavement

    Downtown Racine 100 Monument Square - Racine, WI 53403

    September 27, 2014 - September 27, 2014

    Start Time: 10:00 AM End Time: 7:00 PM

    Racine's favorite street festival. Includes live music, artists, food, car show, art fair, kids activities, rides, games and more!

    http://racinedowntown.com

  • 39th Annual Tour of Historic Places

    SC Johnson Research Tower 1525 Howe St. - Racine, WI 53403

    September 28, 2014 - September 28, 2014

    Start Time: 12:00 PM End Time: 5:30 PM

    Preservation Racine presents its 39th Annual Tour of Historic Places. This self-guided tour is seven historically or architecturally significant locations. The "star" attraction is the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed SC Johnson Research Tower, which opened to the public for the first time this year. Tickets may be purchased on the day of the tour just south of the Johnson Homestead property, 1737 S. Wisconsin Ave.

    http://www.preservationracine.org

  • River Bend Nature Center Chain Saw Carving Festival

    River Bend Nature Center 3600 N. Green Bay Rd. - Caledonia, WI 53404

    October 4, 2014 - October 5, 2014

    Start Time: 9:00 AM End Time: 4:00 PM

    See chain saw artists from throughout the Midwest create incredible sculptures from local pine and spruce logs. These art works will be put up for auction. Half the proceeds will benefit RBNC. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The auction starts at 3 p.m. Sunday. Call 262-639-1515 for details.

    http://www.RiverBendNatureCenter.org

  • River Bend Nature Center Chain Saw Carving Festival

    River Bend Nature Center 3600 N. Green Bay Rd. - Caledonia, WI 53404

    October 4, 2014 - October 5, 2014

    Start Time: 9:00 AM End Time: 4:00 PM

    See chain saw artists from throughout the Midwest create incredible sculptures from local pine and spruce logs. These art works will be put up for auction. Half the proceeds will benefit RBNC. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The auction starts at 3 p.m. Sunday. Call 262-639-1515 for details.

    http://www.RiverBendNatureCenter.org

  • Fall Astronomy Day

    Modine Benstead Observatory 112 63rd Drive - Union Grove, WI 53182

    October 4, 2014 - October 4, 2014

    Start Time: 7:00 PM End Time: 10:00 PM

    View the night sky - stars, planets, the moon at the Racine Astronomical Society's fall open house. Admission is free. Weather permitting. Call 262-878-2774 for conditions.

    http://www.rasastro.org

  • Wind Point Lighthouse Tower Climb

    Wind Point Lighthouse 4725 Lighthouse Drive - Wind Point, WI 53402

    October 5, 2014 - October 5, 2014

    Start Time: 10:00 AM End Time: 4:00 PM

    Experience spectacular views of Lake Michigan and the surrounding countryside from the 300-foot Wind Point Lighthouse. The climb is open to anyone ages 6 and older. Sturdy shoes must be worn - NO flip-flops. Admission fee. Advance reservations required. 262-880-8266. Presented by Friends of the Wind Point Lighthouse.

    http://windpointlighthouse.com

  • Annual Fall Harvest Fest

    Whitford Park 625 N. River Road - Waterford, WI 53185

    October 5, 2014 - October 5, 2014

    Start Time: 10:00 AM End Time: 4:00 PM

    Celebrate the season. Craft fair, BBQ chicken dinner, kids activities, hay rides. Free admission.

    http://www.waterford-wi.org

  • River’s Edge Art Walk

    Downtown Waterford 102 E. Main St. - Waterford, WI 53185

    October 10, 2014 - October 10, 2014

    Start Time: 5:00 PM End Time: 9:00 PM

    The River's Edge Art Walk, taking place throughout the Waterford downtown area, is a leisurely stroll to see dozens of artists exhibiting and selling their work. Pick up a map of Village showing the locations of a variety of artisans located inside downtown businesses. There will also be a trolley available to ride. Each location will be easily identifiable by flags. Art work will range from ceramic, raku, woodcraft, water and oil paintings, photography, jewelry and more. As you wander through the shops, stop to enjoy a bite to eat or quench your thirst at one of the variety of eateries. Musical entertainment will be found throughout the town. Be sure to look for evening specials advertised in the brochure.

    http://www.absolutelywaterford.org

  • Half Point Historical Re-enactment

    Racine County Fairgrounds 19805 Durand Ave. (Hwy 11) - Union Grove, WI 53182

    October 11, 2014 - October 12, 2014

    Start Time: 9:00 AM End Time: 3:00 PM

    Return to the early 19th century when Union Grove was the "half point" between Racine and Burlington. Re-enactors from the War of 1812, the Civil War and World War II will provide a living history with period clothing, military demonstrations and displays. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free. Donations accepted.

  • OOHPie’s Fables

    Sixth Street Theatre 318 Sixth St. - Racine, WI 53403

    October 17, 2014 - October 25, 2014

    Start Time: 7:00 PM End Time: 9:00 PM

    Classic fables and classic music combine for a fun show. Presented by Over Our Head Players and musicians from the Racine Symphony Orchestra. Performances are Oct. 17-18, 24-25. Call 262-632-6802 for tickets.

    http://www.overourheadplayers.org

  • Ghost Walk – Downtown Racine

    Circa Celeste 619 Wisconsin Ave. - Racine, WI 53403

    October 18, 2014 - November 2, 2014

    Start Time: 7:00 PM End Time: 8:30 PM

    Does Downtown Racine have haunted places? Take the "Ghost Walk" and decide for yourself! Meet promptly at 7 p.m. at Circa Celeste, 619 Wisconsin Ave., for a guided, spooky walking tour. Proceeds benefit the Volunteer Center of Racine. Walk dates are: Oct. 18 and 25; Nov. 1 and 2. For tickets and details, visit www.volunteercenterofracine.org or call 262-886-9612

    http://www.volunteercenterofracine.org

  • Real Racine Skeleton Skamper

    Sealed Air Family YMCA 8501 Campus Drive - Mount Pleasant, WI 53406

    October 25, 2014 - October 25, 2014

    Start Time: 8:30 AM End Time: 12:00 PM

    Weat your costume for the ONLY running event of its kind in Southeast Wisconsin. Includes a 5k run/walk, a half-marathon and a kids trick-or-treat walk. After the race, enjoy a Halloween party with a DJ, costume contest, pumpkin decoration, face painting and lots of family fun.

    http://www.skeletonskamper.com

  • Union Grove’s Great Pumpkin Fest

    Union Grove Elementary School 1745 Milldrum St. - Union Grove, WI 53182

    October 25, 2014 - October 25, 2014

    Start Time: 1:00 PM End Time: 4:00 PM

    An afternoon of family fun awaits! Free pumpkins to the first 100 children. Stick around for costume contests (kids and pets), cookie decorating, pumpkin pie eating contest, chili cook-off and pumpkin bake-off and much more. Presented by the Greater Union Grove Chamber of Commerce.

    http://www.uniongrovechamber.org

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  • Real Racine Interactive Map Learn

    Everything you need to plan your Racine County vacation getaway – on a cool map.

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  • Where to Eat Learn

    The Racine community satisfies even the pickiest of tastebuds! You’ll find everything from Italian to Chinese, Mexican to good ol’ classic hamburgers.

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  • Where to Stay Learn

    Racine County offers everything from full-service hotel chains to budget motels to campgrounds. Find the perfect place to call home during your vacation.

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  • All About the Kringle Learn

    What is and authentic Kringle? Why is Racine County so famous for it? And, where or where can I buy one?

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  • Racine Marriott Stay

    Discover a true gem amongst Racine, Wisconsin, hotels at the incomparable Marriott Racine, WI, hotel, conveniently located between Milwaukee and Chicago near Kenosha. Boasting redesigned guest rooms with flat-screen TVs, luxury bedding and high-speed wireless Internet, our hotel in Racine offers guests a welcome escape from the everyday. Visitors are free to enjoy an on-site, 24/7 business center and a new fitness room with state-of-the-art cardio equipment featuring the largest indoor pool in the area.

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  • Baymont Inn & Suites Waterford/Burlington Stay

    Baymont Inn & Suites Waterford hotel brings the comfort and convenience of home to your stay. Located off Wisconsin Highway 36, our hotel near Miller Park is an easy drive from downtown Milwaukee and is close to shops, golf courses and a variety of outdoor recreational activities. Alpine Valley Music Theatre is nearby.

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  • Radisson Hotel Racine Harbourwalk Stay

    Located just 20 miles from General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, the Radisson Hotel Racine Harbourwalk offers business and leisure travelers quick commutes and superb amenities. Catch a glimpse of Lake Michigan from your Standard Room w/Marina View before heading to our on-site restaurant to enjoy delicious American classics and a fun, casual atmosphere that’s perfect for after-work cocktails. Treat your family to an adventure with Great Lakes Sailing Charters, or explore the natural world with a hike at Riverbend Nature Center, just over three miles from our hotel in Racine, WI. And don’t forget our hotel’s meeting facilities; conferences and wedding receptions shine with on-site catering and picturesque lake views.

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  • Racine Art Museum (RAM) Learn

    Visit one of the nation’s most impressive contemporary craft museums – with over 6500 pieces on display in their permanent exhibit and several themed collection shows each year.

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  • Racine Heritage Museum Learn

    From astronaut Laurel Clark and architect Frank Lloyd Wright to Case steam tractors and the Underground Railroad, the Heritage Museum of Racine has something for everyone. Come and explore the stories of Racine County’s past in an innovative and inviting setting in downtown Racine.

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  • Racine Zoo Play

    Become immersed with the animals as you venture through the Racine Zoological Gardens in downtown Racine.

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  • Waterford Hot Air Balloon Festival Play

    The annual Waterford Balloon Festival – set to launch each July. Attend this family – friendly event to experience a magical weekend of color in the skies, kids’ activities, delicious food, craft / vendor fair and much, much more! Check our website for dates.

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  • Kewpee History Learn

    A downtown tradition since 1920. Kewpee continues to make burgers the same way they did back then – hot off the grill as they are ordered.

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  • Proposition Fishing Charters Play

    Come to Racine, Wisconsin for your Lake Michigan salmon and trout sport fishing charter. Catch trophy salmon and trout with Captain Josh Keeran and Propositon Fishing Charters aboard the First In. Racine is centrally located between Milwaukee and Chicago along the Lake Michigan shore. Besides fishing, Racine offers a beautiful historic downtown distric, nationally recognized North Beach, wind point light house and a great zoo.

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  • Reefpoint Marina Play

    Located between Chicago and Milwaukee, Reefpoint Marina is a hidden gem, offering the best in convenience, customer care and value. Reefpoint Marina is owned by Racine County and professionally managed by Siegel-Gallagher Management Company, a national leader in responsible property management. We are pleased to offer all the amenities a boater should expect at their home port, plus many more!

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  • SC Johnson Frank Lloyd Wright Tours See

    Come see some inspirations buildings and designs on the SC Johnson campus. Free tours are offered Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 3.5 hours.

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  • The Chancery Eat

    Hang where the locals do! The Chancery offers a casual comfortable atmosphere for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including fresh daily specials. Doors open 7 days a week at 6:30 a.m. Happy hour 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For Racine’s hottest, all-outdoor bar and grill, it’s Freddie’s Friki Tiki. Freddie’s is the locals’ choice for best view, best outdoor grill, live music and pet friendly

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  • Kewpee Eat

    The Kewpee is famous throughout the midwest as one of the oldest and best hamburger restaurants. Milwaukee Magazine restaurant critic Willard Romantini picked the Kewpee as one of the 20 best hamburgers in Wisconsin. A local Journal Times readers poll picked the Kewpee as the best burger in Racine not once but several times. They also picked us as the Best 50″s Diner. But the only critics we listen to or care about are the 700-1000 customers that walk in the door each day

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  • Larsen’s Bakery Eat

    A bakery steeped in tradition, Larsen’s is a family run bakery and has been for over two generations and close to four decades. Ernie Hutchinson purchased the bakery in 1969 from Eirner Larsen. He kept the name and also the recipes that has made our Kringle famous. Currently, Debbie and Don are following in their father’s footsteps running the family bakery where they maintain the quality and customer service the business has been know for.

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