The charming Village of Pleasant Prairie features a family-friendly community that embraces all who visit. Located in Kenosha County, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, the Village is home to the largest municipal recreational facility in the country, the Pleasant Prairie RecPlex. This picturesque locale also features more than 100 shopping locations (premium outlets included) and a host of indoor and outdoor activities at Prairie Springs Park as well as relaxing beaches at Lake Andrea and Lake Michigan – all minutes from the RecPlex!

Whether it’s nearby shopping, exercise, or family-fun you’re looking for between events or for that event centered vacation, Pleasant Prairie is the right place to be. Visitors can find an array of welcoming accommodations throughout the Village. The closest in proximity to the RecPlex, I-94/HWY 165, and great shopping at the Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets include the DoubleTree by Hilton and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott.  The LaQuinta Inn and Super 8, both Wyndham properties, are located just one exit north at the intersection of I-94 and HWY 50 near the soon to come Kings & Convicts Brewery. Holiday Inn Express & Suites is centrally located on HWY 50 near the Shoppes at Prairie Ridge and locally owned Iguana Wana Mexican Grill and Tequila Bar.

Planner Perspective

“Everything from the facilities, to the preparedness of the staff, the competition viewing opportunities from shore, and the easily accessible location makes the Pleasant Prairie RecPlex and Lake Andrea an excellent sporting venue. UANA would certainly host future events here again.” Van Donkersgoed, Vice President of Union Americana de Natacion (UANA)

 

Notable Recent/Upcoming Events

  • President’s Day Volleyball Tournament, Fieldhouse (February 15-16, 2020)
  • Iron Girl Triathlon (August 11, 2020)
  • 2019 Take the Title National Basketball Showcase, Fieldhouse
  • 2019 14 & Under Central Zone Championships, Aqua Arena
  • 2019 UANA Pan American Junior Open Water Swimming Championships ages 18 and Under for the Western Hemisphere, Lake Andrea
  • 2019 National CCM Hockey Tournament, Hockey Arenas

CVB/Sports Commissions Services Offered

  • Event Planning Assistance
  • Grant Programs
  • Lodging Services
  • Site Visits

 

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Pleasant Prairie RecPlex

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The Pleasant Prairie RecPlex is the largest municipal recreation facility in North America. Located on the shores of Lake Andrea in Prairie Springs Park, the remarkable and multifaceted 302,000-square-foot complex contains a 60,000-square-foot fieldhouse, two NHL-sized ice rinks, a 13,000 square-foot aqua arena containing a 50-meter competition pool, an 18,000 square-foot fitness center, and a 17,000 square-foot water-park. With day passes available for purchase to visitors, the Pleasant Prairie RecPlex has something for everyone!

Sports: All 

RecPlex – Fieldhouse

RecPlex - Fieldhouse

Having held top competitions for basketball and volleyball tournaments like the Take the Title National Basketball Showcase and the President’s Day Volleyball Tournament, the RecPlex fieldhouse is an alluring event space. With divisible courts, the fieldhouse’s four quadrants can be broken up to accommodate eight full-size basketball courts. The fieldhouse can also accommodate as many as 12 volleyball courts all at once. This kind of flexibility has made the RecPlex a go-to for tournament planners like Wisconsin Flite Elite – Under Armour, which held a large national NCAA viewing basketball tournament at the facility in May 2019, and is home to the Juniors Volleyball Club.

Just steps away, day-pass holders and members alike can continue their training in the state-of-the-art fitness center that offers a variety of cardiovascular and strength equipment.

RecPlex – Aqua Arena

RecPlex-Aqua Arena

Home to the Patriots Swim Team, this state-of-the-art aquatic facility offers more than just water fitness and fun. This versatile 13,000 sq, ft. aqua-arena can host as many as 600 spectators who can enjoy sporting events such as indoor triathlons. The 50-meter competition pool, which is not only the serious swimmers’ pool of choice, but the pool of choice for phenomenal events such as the Speedo Sectionals, the 14 & Under Central Zone Championships,  and the 13 and Over Speedo Premier.

Guests can enjoy lap swimming, playing in the waterpark or simply a leisurely swim. Fun and fitness go hand-in-hand in the 17,000-square-foot indoor waterpark. Upon entering the pool area, visitors will be amazed by three waterslides, an in-pool playground, zero-depth entry, geysers and fountains. The aqua arena also houses four 25-yard lap lanes, a current channel and a hot tub, meaning guests have a one-stop fun and fitness destination that families will love year-round.

Sports: Swimming 

RecPlex – Ice Arena

RecPlex-Ice Arena

The RecPlex is also home to the Vipers Hockey Club and Cutting Edge Figure Skating club. Skaters enjoy two NHL-sized ice rinks that operate year-round. Hosting such events as the Pleasant Prairie Autumn Classic and the CCM World Invite Hockey Tournament, and seats 900 spectators.

Ice can be rented for use by youth and adult hockey and figure skating groups. The arenas offer public skating, open hockey and freestyle sessions daily.

Sports: Figure skating, hockey 

RecPlex – Baseball/Softball fields

With six ballfields, there’s plenty of versatility to the outdoor play at the RecPlex. It’s baseball and softball season year-round in Pleasant Prairie. The facility offers winter and spring baseball clinics, with summer baseball beginning in April and fall ball starting in September. The facility is a crucial training site for the Phenom Baseball Academy as well, an elite organization affiliated with Nike and USA Baseball.

Sports: Baseball, softball 

Lake Andrea

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This 110-acre lake is encompassed by a 2.3-mile asphalt walking/jogging trail, two children’s playgrounds, an archery range, nature trails and sand volleyball pits as well as a lovely beach for families to enjoy. Lake Andrea is a great place for family fun, fishing, wind-surfing, and swimming. Froggy’s Landing Boat Rentals can enhance your enjoyment of the lake through their daily rentals of paddle boards, pedal boats, and kayaks.

In 2019, Lake Andrea hosted the UANA Pan American Junior Open Water Swimming Championships for ages 18 and under. This international event included athletes from Canada, Ecuador, Honduras, Colombia, Argentina, and the United States.

Lake Andrea is also the venue for the swimming portion of the top triathlons held at the RecPlex, including the Iron Girl Pleasant Prairie Triathlon presented by Kenosha Subaru. The biking portion of triathlons takes participants on the picturesque roads of the Village of Pleasant Prairie, while the running course takes athletes through Prairie Springs Park.

Sports: Swimming, boating, fishing

 

What is There to Do in Pleasant Prairie?

Prairie Springs Park is one of the cornerstones of the Village, hosting many family-friendly events such as the Pleasant Prairie Triathlon, Lake Andrea Dragonfest and more. Within this 825-acre park is the RecPlex, baseball and softball fields, picnic sites, scenic trails, and the amazing Lake Andrea, a 110-acre spring-fed lake which is perfect for swimming and kayaking.

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Lake Andrea is surrounded by a 2.3-mile paved path that is perfect for walking, jogging, bicycling, or in-line skating. If you’re planning a summer vacation around sporting events  Froggy’s Landing Boat Rental offers families a day of fun with affordable rental kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards.

Also located in Prairie Springs Park are the Hackbarth and Prairie Farms Trails, which offer even more scenic alternatives for stretching your legs or getting that great trip photo. The entrance to both trails are located on the north side of Lake Andrea

Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets is an outdoor shopping center that consists of more than 90 stores, including Calvin Klein, kate spade new york, Nike Factory Store, Pandora Outlet, Starbucks, The North Face and many more. Conveniently located off I-94 and Highway 165, this outlet has something for everyone.

Jelly Belly

From buttered popcorn to black licorice, toasted marshmallow to watermelon, the Jelly Belly Candy Store is the place to visit for all your sweet-tooth needs. Tours are free to the public and offered daily featuring a stop at Jelly Belly Station, an interactive area featuring games, sampling, exhibits, and videos to show you some of the company’s history. Continue your jelly bean journey as you tour the warehouse on the Jelly Belly Train Tour featuring dancing jelly beans and elaborate Jelly Belly jelly bean® portraits. Sample jelly beans and more as your tour comes to an end in the Jelly Belly candy store.

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If you’re up for more of the outdoors, try Boundless Adventures. Less than 15 minutes from Pleasant Prairie is an aerial adventure unlike anything you’ve experienced before. With nine total courses, you’ll find yourself challenging your boundaries as you swing, climb, balance, traverse and zip-line through treetop adventure.

For more adventure, take a short 20-minute drive to Six Flags Great America. it features eight themed areas and 17 thrill rides as well as the 20-acre water park, Hurricane Harbor. While there, be sure to visit nationally acclaimed favorites: Mardi Gras Hangover, Raging Bull and BATMAN.

How to Get to Pleasant Prairie?

Part of Kenosha county, Pleasant Prairie is conveniently located between Chicago and Milwaukee on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan. Traveling to the Village is made easier with its proximity to Milwaukee General Mitchell and Chicago O’Hare International Airports. Whether driving from the north, south or west, Pleasant Prairie can be conveniently accessed from I-94. Travelers to the Prairie Springs Park and the LakeView RecPlex will find it located just east of exit 347 on HWY 165. The Kenosha Regional Airport is only three miles from Pleasant Prairie.

Contact Information

Michelle WilliamsonCompany Name: Pleasant Prairie Convention & Visitors Bureau
Sports Sales Manager: Michelle Williamson
Title: Executive Director
Telephone: 262-771-1080
Email:
michelle@visitpleasantprairie.com
Website:
Visitpleasantprairie.com