Be Cool

In A Pool, At the Beach… Christi and Max on the beach
Summer Cool. All Within Reach!
by Just Add Kids Founder, Paula Herrmann


And while we’ve just had a tease of summer-like weather, you know it’ll only be a matter of days that the balminess of the season will be upon us. I. CANNOT. WAIT!! Bring on the upper 70’s/low 80’s. Okay, so that’s my comfort zone! Read more…

Here at Just Add Kids, we’re sharing with you this timely compiled list of water fun destinations by county…

Kenosha County:

Anderson Park Swimming Pool (located at 8730 – 22nd Avenue in Kenosha) has two pools with a tot pool with small children’s slide, 2 water slides, all ages splash pad, and a diving board. Lockers, lounge chairs and umbrella tables are available.  Life guard on duty.  Fee for entrance.

Washington Park Swimming Pool (located at 1821 Washington Road in Kenosha) is a zero-depth entrance pool with interactive water features, 3 waterslides, and a diving board.  Lounge chairs and umbrella tables are available.  Life guard on duty.  Fee for entrance.

Alford Park Beach (waterfront of Lake Michigan located at 2901 Alford Drive in Kenosha) this beach offers a picnic area. No life guard on duty.

Eichelman Beach (waterfront of Lake Michigan located at 6125 – 3rd Avenue in Kenosha)

Pennoyer Park (waterfront of Lake Michigan located at 3507 – 7th Avenue in Kenosha)

Simmons Island Park (waterfront of Lake Michigan located at 5001 Simmons Island in Kenosha)

Southport Park (waterfront of Lake Michigan located at  7825 – 1st Avenue in Kenosha)

Lake Andrea Beach (located inside Prairie Springs Park 9900 Terwall Terrrace, Pleasant Prairie) offers swimming, windsurfing, fishing, sailing and boating in the water, and children’s playground, sand volleyball courts, and restrooms. Fee charged for admission. Open daily during summer season from 10am-7pm.

Old Settlers Park (sandy beach on Paddock Lake located at 24100 75th Street in Salem) provides lifeguards on duty, shaded picnic and lawn area, shelter building, bathhouse and restrooms, and playground equipment. Fee charged during summer beach season from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Silver Lake Park (located at 27000 85th Street in Silver Lake) boasts a sandy beach, sand volleyball courts, picnic areas and shelters, bathhouse, concession stand, lakeside playground equipment, and windsurfing area. Hours are 7am-10pm. Fee charged during summer beach season from Memorial Day through Labor Day while lifeguards are on duty.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area (located 9 miles west of I-94 on Hwy. 142 at 26313 Burlington Road, Kansasville) has a swimming beach available with a changing area, picnic tables and a flush toilet. No lifeguard on duty.  The beach opens in early May to mid-September, weather permitting.  When it is open, the swimming hours are 6am-11pm. State park admission fee applies.

Christiane and Max waterpark

Racine County:

North Beach (waterfront of Lake Michigan at 89 Kewaunee Street in Racine) features a deep sandy shoreline with beach open to the public for swimming, fishing, picnics and a host of other activities. North Beach has a hard plastic walkway for strollers, wheelchairs and coolers;  volleyball nets; a bath house and restrooms;  bike/walk path;  The Beachside Oasis concessions and seating area; adjacent Kids Cove Playground; and almost forgot…palm trees! Lifeguards are on duty daily from 10am – 6pm from the first week in June through the first week in September.

Zoo Beach (waterfront north of North Beach at Goold Street and Michigan Boulevard in Racine) is wheelchair accessible and has a lifeguarded swimming area from 10am – 5:30pm.

Quarry Lake Park (located at 3800 Northwestern Avenue in Racine) offers a bath house, picnic area, and scuba diving.

Fischer Park on Browns Lake (located at 30326 Durand Avenue, Highway 11 in Burlington) has a lifeguarded swimming area, and is also the site of the Aquaducks waterski team shows which runs most Thursdays and Saturday nights from late May through August.

Anthony Herrmann at the beach

(Southern) Milwaukee County:

Bender Park Beach (waterfront of Lake Michigan located at 4503 E. Ryan Road in Oak Creek)

Grant Park Beach (waterfront of Lake Michigan located at S. Hawthorne Avenue in South Milwaukee) offers a sand beach with volleyball courts, restroom facilities, pavilion with food and beverage as well as beach cabana rentals.

South Shore Beach (waterfront of Lake Michigan located at 2900 S. Superior Street in Milwaukee) with wheelchair-accessible restrooms and concessions in the pavilion.

Pelican Cove Family Water Park (located in Kosciuszko Park, 2201 S. 7th Street, Milwaukee) boasts giant and kid-sized waterslides, spraying and splashing interactive toys, adjacent to picnic areas.  Admission rate $3.00 and under.

more options listed here.

(Southern) Waukesha County Destinations:

Muskego Park (located at S83 W20370 Janesville Road in Muskego) Lifeguarded beach open 11am – 7pm daily.

Mukwonago Park (located at S100 W31900 County Hwy O in Mukwonago) Lifeguarded beach open 11am – 7pm daily.

Hope you find yourself and yours diving into some splashtastic fun soon! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the heat to turn up (and not just here or there for a day)!

If you know of other public outdoor swimming destinations in the area, please help Just Add Kids help other families and let us know. Post here in the comments, or email us at

Have a blast!


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