Downtown Racine is alive with new stores and fabulous dining options. A visit to the Racine Art Museum (RAM), one of North America’s top collections of contemporary crafts, is a must see. Shop for your own art in the numerous galleries in downtown or relax on the waterfront with Racine’s fine cuisine and drink. History, art and architecture lovers will find that, in Racine County, the spirit of the flamboyant Frank Lloyd Wright has not only influenced the skyline but also generations of builders. Retrace the path of Wright as he pioneered the “Prairie” style of architecture. Wright forged a lasting relationship with the H.F. Johnson family, founders of the world-renown Johnson Wax Company and designed masterpieces that have won a place in the area’s history.
If you like festivals, you are in the right spot. Whether it’s jazz over a picnic by moonlight, scrumptious ethnic specialties and dancing, or catering to your craving of chocolate, Racine County has a menu full of fun for the entire family! Large music festivals, exciting dragon boat racing, or Great Lakes Brewfest, this county knows how to show a good time. No trip to Racine County would be complete without enjoying the feathery layers of buttery Danish pastry, known as kringle. Filled with fruit and sweet nut fillings, this delicacy is known the world over and can be enjoyed at any number of area bakeries. Pecan outsells all other flavors combined, with one bakery claiming to use over 15 tons of pecans per year, most of which goes into kringle.
Come to the “fishing hot spot”. The home port of Racine provides the best salmon & trout fishing on Lake Michigan. Knowledgeable captains and the finest equipment available will make your fishing experience unforgettable. Or “Tee off” on any one of the many challenging public golf courses located in Racine and throughout the county, including the Shoop Park Golf Course situated along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. No visit to Racine would be complete without indulging in the world’s favorite sport – shopping. From the wealth of unique stores located in the downtown area to Regency Mall, with more than one million square feet of indoor retailing space, you’ll love all that Racine has to offer.