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There is no shortage of Things to do in Greater Racine County. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or a culture buff, a shopper or lover of architecture, Greater Racine County has something for you.

A wonderful zoo and petting farms; a beautiful lakefront and inland lakes; a picturesque lighthouse and miles of trails; historical museums and architectural marvels; you will find plenty to see and do when you choose to explore Racine County.

Architecture

If architecture is your passion, you’ll want to seek out the world-renowned Frank Lloyd Wright architecture of SC Johnson. Located at the company’s Racine headquarters campus, the Johnson Administration Building is the largest Wright-designed commercial project ever built. The adjacent Research Tower is where many trusted Johnson products were developed in the 1950s and ’60s. Public tours are available by appointment for this building, the nearby Golden Rondelle Theatre (constructed as the SC Johnson pavilion for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair) and Fortaleza Hall, which houses “SC Johnson Gallery: Frank Lloyd Wright At Home” and a Frank Lloyd Wright library. Tours are also available for Wingspread, Wright’s largest and last Prairie-style home. The 4,000-square-foot home, designed for a Johnson family member, is now operated as a conference center by the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread.

Outdoors

For outdoor enthusiasts, numerous parks and trails are along the Root River. The Root river, which winds through the City of Racine, is a popular destination for fishing, hiking, canoeing and kayaking. Lake Michigan has recreational boating and charter fishing opportunities as well as natural grasslands and groomed beaches. North Beach, with 50-acres of beautiful sand, is a haven to visitors enjoying the Beachside Oasis, Kids Cove playground and live entertainment from May until September. Greater Racine County is a great place for riding, with nearly 120 miles of designated bike routes and recreation trails, cyclists young and old can enjoy this family-friendly pastime. Interactive Trails Map

Food & Fun

No visit to Racine is complete without a visit to a local bakery for Kringle, the oval-shaped Danish pastry produced predominately in Racine County. This delicious treat is the official Wisconsin State Pastry. Racine area restaurants offer a delicious variety of options ranging from traditional to eclectic. The melting pot includes Greek, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Mexican and BBQ. Foodies and shoppers can choose from seasonal farmer’s markets to one-of-a-kind boutiques to national chain retailers. For those seeking nightlife, Racine County has clubs, pubs and plenty of live entertainment. 

Culture

The stunning Racine Art Museum houses the country’s largest contemporary crafts collection displayed in ever-changing exhibits. Artists are inspired by the majestic Wind Point Lighthouse. Other Racine County attractions include the Racine Heritage Museum and the Racine Theatre Guild.

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