Park it in Racine – Your Guide to the City’s Best Hikes, Walks, and Green Space!

I’ve been exploring a lot more of Milwaukee’s southern neighbor lately thanks to my friend and fellow blogger, Miranda Knudtson. I’d always heard good things about Racine, but didn’t realize until I visited some of its most notable landmarks that it is actually an awesome place for outdoor adventures! Whether you’re looking for a trail to hike or a scenic path for sightseeing, there’s somewhere waiting for you in Racine!

If you want to hike (or go on a trail run if you’re feeling ambitious)…

River Bend Nature Center (3600 N Green Bay Road)

Look no further for a quick escape from the city; walk onto the trails at River Bend Nature Center and be instantly transported to the north woods! You’ll get everything from forest vibes to river views within the span of a few miles. When you’re done, you might want to consider one of the other fun activities the center has to offer, which include kayaking, cross-country skiing, archery, and more!

If you want the path less traveled…

Lincoln Park (2000 Dominic Drive)

This gem on the northwest side of Racine is conveniently located off Spring Street. The wide, paved river walk makes for the perfect lunch break stroll or walk with the dog. This park also includes a playground if you have kids to bring along!

Island Park (300 Horlick Drive)

Just south of Lincoln Park and its perfect compliment, Island Park is just as it sounds – an island! Sandwiched between two branches of the Root River, it offers a scenic stroll that provides isolation from the traffic and noise of the city, despite being conveniently close to a major thoroughfare.

If you want to see the sights…

Reefpoint Marina (2 Christopher Columbus Causeway)

Racine’s crowning glory, like many of Southeastern Wisconsin’s cities, is its incredible juxtaposition alongside Lake Michigan. Reefpoint Marina in downtown Racine has an extensive lakeside walkway that will give you plenty of time to dream about life on the open seas while getting in some exercise!

Wind Point Lighthouse (4725 Lighthouse Drive)

If you are the kind of person that hikes for all of five minutes before getting impatient to reach your destination, this is a great place to stretch your legs. Wander the property, beach, and memorial brick garden in a matter of minutes, or get a few extra steps in by taking a tour of the lighthouse and climbing to the top (make sure to confirm beforehand whether it’s an Open Tower Day)!

Where is your favorite place to “park it” in Racine? Let me know in the comments below!

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. The lighthouse looks really cool. It would be great for kids to take the short hike and then visit the lighthouse. Great suggestions!

    1. Thanks so much! The lighthouse would definitely be a fun stop with kids in the summer.

  2. Its always nice to know where to hit the trails. I especially like the lighthouse site. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I didn’t know Racine had a lighthouse! Now, it’s officially on my list of places to visit!

  4. We live in Chicago and have been meaning to check out Racine. Thanks for the list! We hope to visit soon.

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