Racine County Attractions
Racine County features a picturesque lakefront and harbor and offers many recreational and historical attractions for both visitors and residents alike!
Many of “the best things in life are free” and Racine County offers something for everyone, and much for free! Take time to visit the Charles Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, housed in a historic Italianate farmhouse, surrounded by 13 acres of magnificent gardens and filled with a permanent collection of more than 2,500 works of art. History buffs will truly enjoy the many historical societies and original schools that recreate turn of the century Racine County and its rich ethnic history. Racine County is also a great place to appreciate the beauty of the Lake Michigan shoreline and also its many parks and the River Bend Nature Center; and nature enthusiasts can enjoy the flora and fauna and all of their favorite outdoor recreational activities.
Discover the many wonderful Racine County attractions just waiting for you…and with so many things to do and places to go you can stay for a day, a week or maybe even a lifetime.
Museums and Historical Sites
401 Beloit Street, Burlington
414-767-2884 or 414-763-6471 or 414-534-3619
Built in 1840, this one-room schoolhouse was the first school in the area. The Whitman School is now operated by the Burlington Historical Society and contains many school-related artifacts. The historical society hosts classes for children from second through fifth grades where they can dress in period costumes and relive an historical school day. Open each Sunday, Memorial Day through Labor Day from 1pm to 4pm. Group tours are available by appointment.
Racine Art Museum (RAM)
441 Main Street
Located in the heart of revitalized downtown Racine, the Racine Art Museum (RAM) houses one of North America’s most significant collections of contemporary crafts. The museum features changing exhibitions of objects in ceramics, fibers, glass, metals and wood, as well as painting, sculpture and works on paper by internationally and nationally recognized artists. The Racine Art Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday Noon – 5:00 pm and closed Mondays, Federal holidays and Easter. An admission fee of $5 for adults, with reduced fees for students and seniors. Children under age 12 are free. Members are always admitted without charge.
RAM’s Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts
2519 Northwestern Avenue, Racine
Located just a few miles from RAM’s downtown location at 5th and Main Streets, RAM’s Wustum Museum has a rich history and regional reputation for offering enriching art education opportunities to students and adults. RAM’s Wustum Museum offers a studio art program where students can experiment in drawing, painting, sculpting, ceramics and so much more in a professional environment. Exhibitions featuring works from the Racine Art Museum’s permanent collection can also be seen at this facility. These exhibitions serve as inspiration for RAM’s Wustum art program led by quality art instructors. RAM’s Wustum Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and closed Sundays, Mondays, Federal holidays and Easter. Admission to RAM’s Wustum Museum is free.
Racine County Heritage Museum
701 South Main Street, Racine
Housed in a registered historic landmark building, the Racine County Heritage Museum is devoted to preserving artifacts and archived materials to teach the community the history of the Racine area. The many exhibits, events and educational programs show the people, culture and events of 1830 to present day Racine. Visitors will be able to enjoy all three floors of the museum, the gift shop, and the archives. Open Tuesday through Friday, 9am – 5pm, Saturdays & Sundays 1pm – 5pm. Free admission; donations appreciated.
1888 Bohemian Schoolhouse
Five Mile Road and Highway 31, Caledonia
Built in 1888, the schoolhouse was built by a colony of Bohemian settlers who wanted a place to teach their children about the Bohemian language and culture. Deeded to the Racine Historical Society in 1975, the school was restored and is now used to recreate turn of the century classroom experiences. Historical Society volunteers dress in period costume and conduct reading, arithmetic, and writing lessons to local school children. Call for schedules.
Burlington Historical Museum
232 N. Perkins Boulevard, Burlington
414-767-2883 or 414-763-6471 or 414-534-3619
Visitors are invited to see the many pieces of memorabilia and artifacts from the city’s past through the present. Along with the many exhibits, visitors can purchase books about the history of Burlington at the museum’s gift store. Open every Sunday and most holidays from 1pm – 4pm, year round. Group tours are welcome by appointment.
Log Cabin Museum
Echo Lake Veterans Park (Hwy. 36), Burlington
414-767-2884 or 414-763-6471 or 414-534-3619
Step back into pioneer history as you tour this log cabin – completely furnished with period pieces from the Burlington Historical Society’s collection. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, Sundays and most holidays from 1pm – 4pm. Additional tours and group tours are available by appointment.
Old Engine House No. 3 Museum
700 Sixth Street, Racine
414-637-7395 or 414-633-4305
Once a working firehouse, today the Engine House No. 3 features an exhibit of antique fire fighting equipment. Open Sundays from 1pm – 4pm or by appointment. Free admission.
Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum
533 Milwaukee Avenue (Hwy. 36), Burlington
Bring out the kid in you…or just bring the kids to see more than 2,000 tops, yo-yos and gyroscopes, as well as 35 different tops, spin at this special museum. A 2 hour tour and program features a live show, videos, demonstrations and games to play. Advance reservations are required for the show; groups of all sizes are welcome. Reservations/tickets are required. Free parking. Call for hours. Admission.
Logic Puzzle Museum
533 Milwaukee Ave. (Hwy.365), Burlington
More than 50 different hands-on brain, logic, & mechanical puzzles to try to solve make one to keep, and see exhibit. It’s a 90 minute visit. Call for hours and reservations. Free parking.
Parks & Nature Centers
P.O. Box 177, Hwy. W, Wilmont
Winter enthusiasts will love spending time at Wilmot Mountain. Located in the southern region of Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine, Wilmot Mountain offers miles of scenic trails and slopes that excite expert and novice skiers alike. Wilmot Mountain Ski Area is a one-mile wide hill with 25 downhill ski runs and a snowboard half-pipe. In the summer Wilmot Mountain features a premier Bike Park with slalom, BMX, BMX freestyle, cross-country, downhill, skateboarding/in-line skating courses. Call for hours of operation and trail information.
4938 Douglas Avenue, Racine & 8717 Highway 11, Sturtevant
414-639-2040 or 414-522-7118 or 1-800-669-1229
Year round you can surround yourself in the beauty of nature at Milaeger’s. With more than 70 greenhouses, Milaeger’s grows a remarkable variety of flowering plants, specializing in perennials. Milaeger’s offers free seminars and how-to clinics on gardening and tours of their facilities. Open every day except Christmas: weekdays 9am – 8pm, Saturday 8:30am – 5pm, and Sunday 9:30am – 5pm.
River Bend Nature Center
3600 N. Green Bay Road, Racine
Nature enthusiasts find the 80 acres of natural habitats, woodlands, ponds, grassy fields and the Root River of the River Bend Nature Center a favorite place for all of their outdoor activities. The nature center, which overlooks the river and woods, offers educational programs and seasonal events about the area wildlife and plant life. Open daily, April through October, Monday to Friday 9am – 4:30pm; Saturday and Sunday 12:30pm – 4:30pm. Group tours are welcome. Call for reservations. Free admission.
Special Things To Do
Racine Lakefront Trolleys
414-636-8025 or 1-800-317-4333
Enjoy Old World nostalgia as you take a ride through Racine’s historic downtown area on a turn of the century trolley car. The trolleys operate daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 10am – 5pm. Special “pub and grub” trips travel to local restaurants and taverns on Friday and Saturday nights. Charter service is also available.
Racine Zoological Gardens
2131 N. Main Street, Racine
Everybody will love a trip to the Racine Zoo. This 32-acre site sits along the Lake Michigan shoreline and includes over 200 animals in park like settings. Enjoy the recently remodeled primate and large cat buildings and meet the zoo’s newest friend, Bender, a 5200 pound white rhinoceros. Families can also enjoy the Sertoma Children’s Zoo and playground, the picnic areas, food stands and gift shop. Each summer the zoo features a variety of outdoor concert series. Call for seasonal hours and information.
Rausch’s Bear Den
6831 Big Bend Road (Hwy. 164), Waterford
Delight yourself and the whole family with a visit to this family-owned petting zoo. Springtime brings the cuddly newborn animals and in the fall you can run through the pumpkin patch. Open May through September, Saturday, Sunday and holidays, from 11am – 5pm. Tours welcome. Admission.
Elmwood Plaza Farmer’s Market
Durand Avenue just east of Lathrop, Racine
Enjoy the farm fresh produce at the Elmwood Plaza Farmer’s Market. Local vendors will excite your taste buds with the different seasonal produce including asparagus, rhubarb, beans, tomatoes, corn, melons and more. Held May through October, every Tuesday and Friday from 8am – 12 noon.
Racine Downtown Farmer’s Market
Corner of State and Erie Streets in the Case Corp parking lot, Racine
Farm fresh produce, meats, cheeses and more are offered at the Racine Downtown Farmers Market. A tempting variety of jams, jellies, preserves and syrups made fresh every week also are available. Shoppers with a green thumb will enjoy the wide variety of plants, annuals and perennials the markets have to offer. Held May through October, every Saturday from 8am – 12 noon.
Points of Interest
Hoppe Homestead Family Dairy Farm
33701 Hill Valley Drive, Northwest of Waterford
Step back in time as you visit a 100-year-old working dairy farm. Throughout your day you can try hands-on milking, enjoy horse drawn hayrides, winter sleigh rides, and pony rides, and feed the animals. From April through December visitors can feast on a home cooked Sunday breakfast. Tours are available daily May through October. Call for tour information.
County Trunk A and 63rd Drive, Union Grove
Look up and see at all the stars in the galaxy during the open houses held at the Modine-Benstead Observatory. Held one Friday per month, April through October, beginning at dusk until 11pm. Free admission.
Oak Clearing Farm
704 Oak Clearing Drive, Union Grove
Learn all about turn of the century Racine County when visiting the Oak Clearing Farm. A variety of exhibits fill the buildings on the farm grounds. The Old Fore Exhibit, housed in the lower level of a barn, recreates a blacksmith/forge/machinery shop. Upstairs is the fanning mill museum and a gallery display of historical photos. Also be sure to visit the bottle museum, with displays of Racine Brewery bottles. Open weekends May through September. Call for hours.
The Rosary Walkway
4014 N. Green Bay Road, Racine
Take time to appreciate a place of peace and beauty. The Walkway is for those who wish to pray or meditate. Located next to the Convent of St. Rita. Open everyday.
Wind Point Lighthouse
Lighthouse Drive, between Three and Four Mile Roads, Racine
Built in 1880, the Wind Point Lighthouse has become an outstanding landmark in Racine, thanks to the many artists and photographers who have captured its beauty. The lighthouse served as a beacon guiding Lake Michigan boaters and sailors into the Racine Harbor safely. Though the interior is not open to the public, visitors can stroll the grounds and enjoy the view.
33 Four Mile Road, Racine
Completed in 1939, Wingspread was the last and largest of Frank Lloyd Wright’s prairie style houses. Originally built as a private residence for H.F. Johnson, today it serves as an international conference center and is open to the public for tours. Open year round, Monday through Friday, 9am – 4pm. Call ahead for tour availability; group tours can be arranged.