We love Kenosha for all the family friendly things to do on a budget. One of our favorite ways to explore the charming town is by taking an authentic streetcar. Take a ride around it and I’m sure it will be your favorite way to explore Kenosha, too!


*Updated 5/26/17

Nitty Gritty

Admission: Adults (13+): $1.00, Children 5 – 12: 50 cents, Under 4: FREE
Location: Hop on any of the streetcars at the designated streetcar stop. Here is a map of the streetcar stops.
Hours: Their summer schedule (April  to December) is Monday – Friday: 11:05 a.m. to 6:35 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays: 10:05 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Check out their website for their winter schedule
Stroller Friendly? The streetcars have wide aisles that I believe could fit a stroller if needed though I didn’t see anybody bring a stroller. I would double check with them on their policy.
Crowded?: We were here on a holiday weekend on a Sunday and it was not crowded.

The Fun:

These streetcars were once the regular mode of transportation in Kenosha from 1903 to 1932. Today, these restored streetcars carry passengers (and enthusiastic train lovers such as mine) around a two-mile loop past 3 museums, Lake Michigan, the Metra station, and more.  On the particular day we visited, we enjoyed the streetcar to its fullest by going around a loop to acquaint ourselves with the town. With stops that include the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, Civil War Museum, and the Kenosha Public Museum we found it especially convenient.  Not only were the streetcars a convenient mode of transportation, but it was so much fun to ride especially with beautiful views of the Lake!



  •  Convenience! We didn’t have to drive to each museum and park. The streetcar stops were only a few feet away from the museum entrances. We were particular thankful since our boys have become increasingly resistant to sitting in their car seats. 
  • Just riding around. My 2-year-old loves trains and anything that looks remotely close to one. 


  • Don’t forget to bring exact change.
  • Getting off? Don’t forget to pull the cord to get off at your next stop.

Bottom Line:  

Whether you want to experience how people used to travel in Kenosha or just want to get around from one stop to another, one thing’s for sure – this is definitely one of the best ways to get around town and we loved it!

More family fun in Kenosha – Read this post here.