Things to Do in Pleasant Prairie
Along the coast of Lake Michigan is Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, the friendly village community located midway between the bustling metropolises of Milwaukee and Chicago. Pleasant Prairie offers many fun things to do with kids and unique attractions for all types of travelers.
While you’re visiting Pleasant Prairie, don’t miss out on top local attractions. The Jelly Belly Wisconsin Visitors Center is an essential outing for families with children and grown up candy lovers alike. Take the free train tour through the warehouse and learn about the history of Jelly Belly, how their vast variety of candies are made, and even enjoy seasonal decorations or special events held throughout the year. Best of all, you can taste for yourself from a sampling of Jelly Belly flavors as well as purchase candy, gifts, and games to take home with you.
For one-of-a-kind finds and special values on major brands, Pleasant Prairie has lots of opportunities for shopping, whatever your style. Check out local shops and galleries, restaurants, and special interest stores at the Shoppes at Prairie Ridge. For a marathon of retail bliss, spend a day or two exploring the many factory and outlet stores at Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets and enjoy up to 65% off retail prices.
If your idea of cardio goes beyond mall walking, Pleasant Prairie is a true sports and fitness destination. The state-of-the-art RecPlex is a massive facility with an indoor pool and water park, suspended running track, ice rinks, ball fields, fitness rooms, and friendly staff always willing to help.
If you like fresh air and moving under open skies, you’ll find outdoor activities aplenty at Pleasant Prairie. Adjacent to the RecPlex is Lake Andrea, which is busy with beachgoers, swimmers, and watersports enthusiasts in the summer season as well as fishing year round. Lake Andrea is part of Prairie Springs Park, one of the many parks and gardens in the village. Also, cyclists, runners, and walkers can test their speed or enjoy a leisurely journey along local trails. Bring your clubs ― or rent some on site ― for a round or two at the Big Oaks Golf Course with its three 9-hole courses, a rippling creek, and sweeping views. Lovers of nature should make plans to visit Chiwaukee Prairie, a protected 400-acre stretch of undeveloped Wisconsin prairie along Lake Michigan. Chiwaukee Prairie invites visitors to hike and explore while serving as a reminder of the historical wilds of Wisconsin before settlement by pioneers moving west.
Stay in Pleasant Prairie, and you’re close to regional events and attractions that evoke the best of upper midwest life and culture.
In nearby Kenosha, tempt your tastebuds with the Wisconsin cheeses and bratwurst at Mars Cheese Castle and The Brat Stop. Mars Cheese Castle is an architectural triumph in itself, with a European-style castle facade and medieval-themed decor, as well as the best in soft and hard cheeses from Wisconsin dairy farmers and cheese makers. Shop the bakery and deli, or stay for a meal in the restaurant for plates of locally-sourced fare. Want brats? The Brat Stop is a restaurant and sports bar serving a signature combination of Wisconsin’s best bratwurst, beer, and cheeses ― plus a sporting mix of Bears and Packers fans during football season.
In town for the Bristol Renaissance Faire or a trip to Six Flags? Stay at one of the affordable and accommodating Pleasant Prairie hotels and you’ll be just a few minutes away from the Bristol Renaissance Faire grounds and a short ride from the thrilling rides and lively entertainment showcased at Six Flags Great America.
There are so many things to do and explore in Pleasant Prairie. Start planning your trip today!