Racine is located on the shore of Lake Michigan in southeast Wisconsin, at the mouth of the Root River. It is within driving distance of both Milwaukee and Chicago, IL.
The Racine Zoo, located just north of downtown Racine, is home to over 100 different animal species, with more than 50 of them endangered. The Racine Zoo is also the first zoo in Wisconsin to receive the Sensory Inclusive Facility certification.
Our city is home to several buildings designed by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. These include the SC Johnson Administration Building and Research Tower, Wingspread Conference Center, and the Golden Rondelle Theater.
Racine is home to one of the oldest and tallest, still-active lighthouses on the Great Lakes. Wind Point Lighthouse is located in the village of Wind Point in Racine County, standing at 108 feet tall and built in 1880, it is still lit to this day. It is open for public tours on certain days of the year, and the park grounds are open to the public daily.
Whether it’s camping, fishing, boating or biking, the Racine County area has an activity you’ll enjoy! There are a number of beautiful public parks located in and around Racine. These include Racine Harbor Park, Quarry Lake Park, and Pritchard Park. Additionally, you can enjoy North Beach, voted a Top 5 Best Freshwater Beach (USA Today), Top City Beach (Midwest Living magazine) and Top 10 Family Friendly Beach (Parents magazine). With 50 acres of blue water and pristine sand, it’s located just a few blocks from Downtown Racine. And for campers, Cliffside County Campground, Jellystone Park, and Sanders Park provide splendid local camping opportunities.
There is no shortage of things to do in Racine. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, culture buff, shopper, or lover of architecture, Racine has something for you.