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NORTH BEACH, 100 Kewaunee St., is Wisconsin's first beach to be designated as a Certified Blue Wave clean beach by the National Clean Beaches Council and was most recently voted #4 in USA Today's 2016 Reader's Choice 10 Best Freshwater Beaches.
North Beach has also previously appeared within the Top 10 Family Friendly Beaches listed compiled by Parents magazine, was one of USA Today's 51 Great American Beaches, was featured in Midwest Living magazine, and nationally known expert Dr. Stephen Leatherman, nicknamed "Dr. Beach", honorably mentioned North Beach as being the most improved Great Lakes Beach. He cited North Beach's handicap ramps and summer community use as proof of the beach's pro-active management in his rankings of the Top 5 Great - Great Lakes Beaches. He also gave his nod to its impressive size of 50 acres along 2,500 feet of shoreline allowing visitors to spread out to play in the soft sand and cooling waters and has an impressive playground to add to the fun.
Needless to say, we are very proud to call North Beach ours.
HOURS & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lifeguards are typically on duty from 10:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. Sunday-Saturday beginning the first week June through the end of August (may vary slightly year to year). The beach may be used outside of guarded hours during open park hours from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Swim at your own risk.
The Beachside Oasis concession stand and the bathhouse/restrooms are open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday through Saturday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. They offer a variety of food, snacks and beverages. Malt beverages purchased at the Beachside Oasis may be consumed within the concession area only. Live music entertainment is scheduled on weekends throughout the summer season.
AMENITIES: Wheelchair accessible mat extending down to the shoreline, sand volleyball courts, concession stand, bathhouse/restrooms, Kid's Cove Playground, picnic areas, Lake Michigan Pathway, free parking & live music entertainment at the Beachside Oasis each weekend throughout the season.
ZOO BEACH is located directly north of North Beach adjacent to the Racine Zoo. The beach, informally called "Zoo Beach", is accessible by the Lake Michigan Pathway. A staircase is also available to access the beach from street level. Though Zoo Beach does not have the same amenities as North Beach, it has fewer crowds for those wishing to have a quieter day on the sand. There are no restrooms, concessions or play equipment.
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