Kenosha is a diverse and vibrant community half-way between Milwaukee and Chicago. The Port of Kenosha offers miles of shoreline on beautiful Lake Michigan with beaches, parks, marinas, bike paths, and festival venues. The Port of Kenosha's HarborPark contains natural lakefront open spaces, world-class museums, historic lighthouses, and a busy downtown shopping and entertainment district. Visitors to the Port of Kenosha will find many opportunities for outdoor or indoor entertainment and a choice between city and rural atmospheres. The Port of Kenosha abounds with family-friendly attractions, shopping opportunities, and luxurious lodgings.
The Port of Kenosha has a humid continental climate with warm to hot humid summers and sometimes severely cold winters. Temperatures in the Port of Kenosha range from an average high of 22°C (72°F) in July and August to an average low of -6°C (20°F) in January. Precipitation is greatest from April through August, peaking in August at 11 centimeters (4.25 inches) and falling to about 3.2 centimeters (1.25 inches) in February. Humidity levels in the Port of Kenosha range from a high of 86% in August to a low of 76% in January. Snow comes to the Port of Kenosha from mid-October through mid-May, peaking in January at 35 centimeters (13.75 inches).
The Dinosaur Discovery Museum in the Port of Kenosha is the only museum in the country focusing on the relationship between birds and meat-eating dinosaurs. The Carthage Institute of Paleontology is located within the Museum where it prepares and conserves dinosaur fossils. The exhibit gallery in this Port of Kenosha museum displays more meat-eating dinosaurs than any other museum in the United States. In the main gallery, visitors learn about the transition of theropods to birds. There are 18 species of meat-eating dinosaurs on display in the exhibit gallery. The museum is open from Tuesday through Sunday from noon until 5pm (closed on Monday), and admission is free.
Located near the lakefront, the Kenosha Harbor Market bustles in the summer with more than 100 vendors selling organic produce, cheese, artisan bakery products, meats, prepared foods, and arts and crafts. Chef demonstrations and live entertainment complements market vendors. The Port of Kenosha Harbor Market is open on Saturdays from mid-May through mid-October from 9am until 2pm.
The Port of Kenosha's Southport Light Station and Museum is the newest museum in town. It includes the Southport lighthouse and the Lighthouse Keeper's residence. The lighthouse tower, lightkeeper's residence, and grounds are the fourth gallery space in the Kenosha History Center. The restored lighthouse and lightkeeper's residence is dedicated to preserving the Port of Kenosha's heritage of fishing and shipping. The Lighthouse Keeper's residence has been restored to the 1908 period. Open from mid-May through mid-October, the museum from Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm. It is open on Saturday from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday from noon to 4pm. It is closed on Mondays and on holidays.