Located in Southeast Wisconsin on the Lake Michigan shore, the Kenosha Area promises to be a fun and friendly destination for those travelers looking for a summer getaway. A new baseball team, a museum’s new feature, a re-invented restaurant, a once every-few-years car show, and a new food festival await!
NEW BASEBALL TEAM
Built in 1920, Simmons Field is where the Kenosha Comets of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League once played. This summer, it’s where the Kenosha Kingfish of the Northwoods League is enjoying its inaugural season. While the Kingfish may be playing in a newly renovated ballpark, they’re tipping their caps to history by including many re-purposed items, including stadium seats from Camden Yards in Baltimore.
This is a collegiate summer baseball league with teams located in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, and Ontario, Canada. The community is embracing Kenosha’s newest baseball team, and its mascot King Elvis, The First. Fireworks follow every Saturday home game. Those nights, along with appearances by Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins (June 29), the Human Cannonball (June 30), and Mountain Man from “Duck Dynasty” (August 6) are predicted to be especially large draws this season.
NEW ATTRACTION WITHIN AN ATTRACTION
A new 360 degree movie titled “Seeing the Elephant” can be viewed inside the Civil War Museum. “Seeing the Elephant” is the term Civil War soldiers used to say they saw battle. The new high-tech digital movie experience allows visitors a glimpse at “the Elephant.” One of just a handful of venues nationwide using 360 degree movie technology, the Civil War Museum movie was filmed at nearby Old World Wisconsin last summer. The high tech 10-minute film encircles viewers and thrusts them into the middle of a Civil War battle. Broadcast journalist Bill Kurtis serves as narrator of the film.
RESTAURANT WITH A NEW LOOK
Co-owned by renowned chef Tony Mantuano, Kenosha’s Mangia Trattoria has re-invented itself. Now known as Mangia Wine Bar, the Downtown Kenosha restaurant features a new look, new bar, and new bar menu. Televisions have been added for crowds to gather for those big sporting events. First opened in 1988, fabulous Italian cuisine continues to be the order of the day at this popular destination!
BIG CAR SHOW
The Kenosha Homecoming Car Show is an event that happens only once every few years. It’s an opportunity for the Kenosha History Center – and the community – to welcome home Nash, Hudson, AMC, Renault, Jeep, and Chrysler! Kenosha was a hub for auto-manufacturing for 100 years – and that history is celebrated with many days of activities (July 22-26), including a large car show on July 26. Show organizers are expecting upwards of 3,000 attendees with 1,000 cars registered.
Kenosha’s first ever grilled cheese/mac and cheese invitational debuts August 30, when Cheese-A-Palooza joins Kenosha’s already impressive food festival lineup. The event features 13 hours of great food, demonstrations, two stages of live entertainment, celebrity chefs, plus many other fun activities, including competitive food eating competitions. Foodies also love Taste of Wisconsin™ (July 25-27) and Grill Games on Kenosha’s lakefront (Aug. 22-23).
For more information about these places and events and more in the Kenosha Area, log on to VisitKenosha.com or call (262) 654-7307 or (800) 654-7309. Follow Visit Kenosha on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest to receive updates about events, specials, and more.
Kenosha’s I-94 Visitor Information Center is located at the southeast corner of I-94 and Hwy. 165, while the Downtown Center is located at 812 - 56th Street.
Special thanks to Meridith Jumisko, Public Relations Manager for Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, for this press release.