Spring is in full swing and it's time to shake off those winter doldrums! Get inspired to enjoy the great outdoors with our list of spring activities you can do right now in Racine County.
Nature Paths and Hikes
A very popular place for nature walks, the 13.5-mile Lake Michigan Pathway keeps you in close touch with the sixth largest freshwater lake in the world as it links rail-trails north and south of the port city of Racine. Along the way, the trail visits such attractions as beaches, marinas, parks, the zoo, and museums as well as the downtown district. There is an abundance of other open trails throughout Racine County. Click here to visit the Racine County Parks Department.
While the Racine Zoo is open year-round, spring is the perfect season to spend a day in their Zoological Gardens! With many interactive events, shows and fun for the family, we suggest checking out the Zoo website to plan your itinerary.
Garden Centers and Greenhouses
The colder months of the year are almost behind us, and it's time to start thinking spring! Let us help you get your garden ready for the summer season with our local greenhouses, garden centers and nurseries located across Racine County. Many of them offer awesome workshops and classes to make anyone a perennial pro! Read our greenhouses and garden centers blog for locations.
Farmers Markets and Farm Stands
Being in the heart of the Midwest, Racine County has an abundance of fresh, locally grown produce at hand. Check out our list of local farmers markets and independent roadside stands for that fresh farm-to-table feel.
Racine County is a great place for bicycling in a bicycle-friendly state. With nearly 120 miles of designated bicycle routes and recreation trails, cyclists young and old can enjoy this family-friendly pastime. Cycling opportunities extend from the Lake Michigan shoreline to a scenic, paved four-mile trail along the Root River in the City of Racine. Former railroad corridors provide easy pathways extending north, south and west from the city. Visit our website to learn about cycling opportunities.
Quilts on Barns
Whether it's spotting barn quilts or simply exploring the scenic backgrounds, you'll find a surprise at every turn. This public art project has placed 28 colorful quilt patterns across Racine County. Many of the area's most popular attractions are minutes away from the Quilts on Barns route, such as the Wind Point Lighthouse, Swan's Pumpkin Farm, Apple Holler, and Borzynski's Farm and Floral Market. Visit our website to learn more and to view an interactive map. Printed maps are available at the Real Racine Visitors Center, 14015 Washington Ave., Sturtevant.
Wind Point Lighthouse
Built in 1880, the Wind Point Lighthouse, 4725 Lighthouse Dr., Wind Point, is the oldest and tallest working lighthouse on Lake Michigan. Walk around and enjoy spectacular lake views from the lighthouse grounds. The lighthouse is open for public tower climbs on the first Sunday from June through October. Reservations are recommended, but not required.
Looking for more fun? Visit our Things to Do page for everything going on in Racine County!