There is ample, free parking throughout the downtown and lakefront district, including convenient street parking and several permanent and temporary parking lots within walking distance of Kenosha Tall Ships® 2019.  A designated Handicap Only parking lot with placards will be located directly across the street from the main entrance on 6th Avenue and 54th Street.  For a map of the Downtown Kenosha area’s general parking, click here.


Please book soon as local Kenosha hotels are expected to fill up. Kenosha’s downtown is home to two of our partner hotels.  So much to see – plan to spend at least one night.  Wyndham Garden Kenosha Harborside Hotel overlooks the harbor where the ships will be docked.  Kenosha’s newest hotel, the Stella Hotel and Ballroom, located just blocks from the event site, is the reformation of a historic 100-year-old building into a premier boutique hotel. Other hotel options are listed here. 

Driving Directions

Google Map to Kenosha

From Milwaukee / North:

  1. I-94 / 41 South to Hwy. 158 (Exit #342)
  2. Hwy. 158 (52nd Street) East approximately 7 miles to 6th Avenue
  3. Right (South) on 6th Avenue
  4. Left (East) on 54th Street to the festival site

From Chicago / South:

  1. I-94 / 41 North to Hwy. 158 East (Exit #342)
  2. Hwy. 158 (52nd Street) East approximately 7 miles to 6th Avenue
  3. Right (South) on 6th Avenue
  4. Left (East) on 54th Street to the festival site

From Lake Geneva / West:

  1. Hwy. 50 East to Hwy. 31 (Green Bay Road)
  2. Left (North) on Hwy. 31 / Green Bay Road to Hwy. 158 (52nd Street)
  3. Right (East) on Hwy. 158 (52nd Street) to 6th Avenue
  4. Right (South) on 6th Avenue
  5. Left (East) on 54th Street to the festival site


Kenosha Tall Ships® 2019 is a short distance from Kenosha’s Metra train station, the northern-most stop on the Union Pacific/North Line. Visit the Metra website for a complete schedule and ticket options including the special $10 Unlimited Weekend Pass and kids-ride-free Family Fares. Hop aboard Kenosha’s Electric Streetcar just outside the train station and ride right to the festival entrance.


The visiting ships are historic replicas and are not wheelchair and walker accessible. To provide a good experience for all, ship crews will provide dockside interpretations at 10:30am Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  An updated schedule will be published in July 2019.

Bus Parking

Maps and details to come.

Electric Streetcars

Beautifully restored electric streetcars travel a 2-mile loop in downtown Kenosha.  For just $1 (50¢ for kids 12 & under) enjoy a scenic ride and be dropped off right at the festival entrance.  Streetcars will operate extended hours (until 11:00pm) on Friday and Saturday, and 7:00pm on Sunday. For a schedule and map of the Streetcar pickup locations, click here.

Visitor Information

For details about things to do, area hotels and other travel information, contact the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau online or at 262-654-7307.

Prohibited Items

Kenosha Tall Ships® 2019 has been designated as a Marine Event of National Significance by the United States Department of Homeland Security. This designation requires certain security measures to be in place for the public’s safety.

All personal belongings, bags, and purses will be checked. The following, and items similar to these will not be permitted:  Large backpacks, firearms, weapons of any kind, explosives, or incendiary devices; selfie sticks; open or unsealed bottles or containers of any kind of water or other liquids and food; and glass.  Please note:  one factory sealed water bottle per person is allowed.  Baby food and formula must be stored in plastic containers.  Small coolers no larger than 5 quarts will be permitted to utilize for baby food/formula and medicine only.

DRONE POLICY:  No unapproved drones are allowed over the festival site or within 300 yards of the tall ships sailing or docked in the harbor.

Reminder:  There will be no storage of bags. Bicycles will be allowed in designated parking areas behind Kenosha City Hall, 625 52nd Street, Kenosha. 


As a green event, we encourage our visitors to leave your cars at home, and take public transportation or ride your bicycles!  Bike racks are located behind Kenosha City Hall, 625 52nd Street,  adjacent to the festival grounds.