Racine, Wisconsin

The beautiful city (and county) of Racine, Wisconsin, has a lot to offer. Whether you’re looking to biking through the town, explore the architecture of the famous native Frank Lloyd Wright, or peruse through the many boutiques and shops in the downtown area, Racine is a top contender for Midwestern summer destinations.

On Lake Michigan, you may here everyone in the area buzzing about Racine’s North Beach. North Beach is a “city beach,” urban in style, but just as relaxing as the real thing, with pure white sand and calming waves. There is plenty of access to nearby shops and restaurants, so you and the whole family can easily make a weekend out of North Beach alone. The beach is a “Certified Blue Wave” clean beach by the National Clean Beaches Council, and has been noted as award-worthy by several publications and organizations.

Lifeguards are always on duty during the summer at North Beach, so safety is not an issue for families traveling with small children. The Beachside Oasis is in full swing during the summer months at North Beach as well, and you will be able to sip cocktails and enjoy live music while you’re soaking up the summer sun. North Beach does get quite busy in the summer, but the parking is free, so plan your day and head to the best city beach in the Midwest!

Not up for sand in your pants? That’s perfectly fine; there are plenty more things to do in Racine, like going to the Racine Zoo! The Racine Zoo houses more than 100 different species of animals, including lions! Purchase tickets now for the summer Animal Crackers Concert Series, which is hosting four spectacular days of live music and all things jazz, wine, and food. Tickets are about $60, and include access to a variety of dining options, as well as the zoo itself. Doors for the summer concert series will open at 5:30pm, with the shows beginning at 7pm. The four concert days are July 12th, July 26th, August 9th, and August 23rd.