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A Kenosha County Wisconsin Treasure

When you think about Wisconsin, the first thing that comes to mind is cheese. However, there is much more to this great state than just dairy products. For example, did you know that Kenosha County has a nature sanctuary and arboretum called Hawthorn Hollow? This wonderful attraction offers something for everyone, from tours of the lighthouse to outdoor recreation and performing arts. Keep reading for more information on Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum, including directions on reaching this hidden gem!


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About Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum

Through environmental education and sanctuary preservation, this nonprofit nature sanctuary fosters a sense of respect, understanding, and stewardship for natural and local heritage. This is done by providing opportunities to experience and learn about the natural world through direct interaction with plants, animals, landforms, and ecology.

Attractions at Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum

Touring the Lighthouse on Simmons Island

One of the most popular attractions at Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum is the tour of the lighthouse on Simmons Island. The island is only accessible by boat, so be sure to pack your life jackets! This is an excellent activity for families with kids as it provides a chance to learn about local history while enjoying the outdoors.

Outdoor Recreation

Another attraction at Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum is outdoor recreation. With over miles of trails, there are plenty of opportunities to hike, bike, or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll through nature. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even go for a swim in one of the many lakes located within the sanctuary.

Performing Arts and Theater

In addition to outdoor recreation, Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum also offers performing arts and theater. This is the perfect activity for a date night or family outing! You can catch a play at the open-air theater or enjoy a variety of musical performances throughout the year.

Salons and Spa

After a day of exploring all that Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum has to offer, you may want to relax with a trip to the salon or spa. The sanctuary provides both hair and nail services, as well as massages, facials, and more.

Getting to Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum

The nature sanctuary is located in Kenosha County, Wisconsin. You can reach it by car or by boat. Take Interstate 94 to Highway 158 and then turn onto Simmons Island Road if you’re coming by car. The nature sanctuary is located on the east side of the road.


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Amy Duhig Founder & CEO of XpeedStudio

We started off not knowing what we wanted, but knew we needed a new kitchen and flooring for most of our first floor, which was overwhelming to us. We worked with Liz to help us design what we wanted. She was fabulous and patient with us. Timelines were met and the crew who worked with us ended up feeling like part of the family. When faced with some pretty big “snags,” which were of no fault of Waldron Construction, Joe was professional, pushed to make things right, and kept his word; The team went above and beyond and did excellent work.

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