Explore lakeshores and more in Racine, Wisconsin

15 June 2017

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Racine, Wisconsin, is the perfect summer getaway spot. It has everything a traveler could want: shopping, scenery and…skydiving?

That’s right — beginners and experts alike can experience high-flying (and diving) thrills at the skydiving center. With the closest drop zone to Milwaukee and Chicago, you’ll have the best bird’s-eye view of the cities’ skylines.

If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, you’ll find plenty to explore in Downtown Racine. There’s always something new and interesting to see at the city’s art museum, which, in addition to housing the largest craft collection in the U.S., features a series of traveling exhibits that change three times each year. Afterwards, stroll around the nearby marina and take in the beauty of Lake Michigan. The marina’s restaurant and picnic tables also make it a perfect spot to enjoy lunch. Just north of Downtown is the Racine Zoo, which is home for more than 100 different species of animals. You can even get up close and personal with some of the zoo’s inhabitants through interactive activities and shows, including giraffe feedings and a barnyard safari.

Make sure to set aside some beach time, too. Your trip wouldn’t be complete without a fun and relaxing afternoon spent at North Beach, which is nationally known for its pristine sand and crystal clear water. Follow the coastline north and visit the historic Wind Point Lighthouse, located in the quaint Village of Wind Point. Built in 1880, it remains one of the oldest and tallest active lighthouses on the Great Lakes. Just how tall is it? Find out for yourself on the guided tour that takes visitors all the way to the top.

For those travelers with a bit of a sweet tooth, Racine is well-known for its Danish kringle, a flaky, buttery treat filled with fruits and nuts (Need we say more?). Fun fact: The kringle is also Wisconsin’s official state pastry. While there are plenty of bakeries where you can get your hands on one of these scrumptious sweets, you can’t go wrong with a local favorite.

Stay at another local favorite, the Country Inn & Suites by Carlson,® Mt. Pleasant-Racine West, WI. With comfortable, spacious rooms, and complimentary cookies and coffee, we make sure you’re well taken care of. The indoor heated pool makes for a relaxing evening. Or, for those health-conscious individuals, we’ve even got a 24-hour fitness center. And don’t forget about our complimentary Be Our Guest Breakfast, featuring a delicious assortment of breakfast favorites (including the kringle pastry!). After your stay is over, know that you’ll always be welcome back.

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