Milwaukee, although famous for its snowy winters, is a delightful destination for your midwestern getaway this summer. Take in the cool breeze of Lake Michigan and create your own tropical oasis right in Wisconsin. Make it a Milwaukee summer you'll never forget with beach days, bikes, and brews.
With summertime comes longer days, warmer weather, and no excuses not to be outdoors. Get in touch with your outdoorsy side during your trip to Milwaukee, and explore a variety of fun things to do in Wisconsin’s largest city. Discover a hidden gem or hit up the local favorites – whatever you’re in the mood for, you’re sure to find a new favorite summer spot in Milwaukee.
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Craving a beach day? Head to Bradford Beach to enjoy all your favorite beach activities. Chill out in a cabana, treat yourself at the Tiki bar, or get competitive at the beach volleyball courts. Who knew Milwaukee could be such a tropical oasis?
You don’t have to leave the comfort of the city to see one of the area’s most popular outdoor attractions. The Milwaukee RiverWalk winds through the city’s best areas of shopping, dining, and outdoor art galleries. Explore three distinct neighborhoods along the RiverWalk: Third Ward, Downtown, and Beerline B. Check out all three during your visit, whether you decide to rent a canoe or take a boat tour of Milwaukee’s unique art scenes.
Gift of Wings
Take advantage of the bright and breezy weather and head to Gift of Wings. This one-of-a-kind kite experience is located at McKinley Marina, and is the perfect way to spend an afternoon with the kids. Relax in gorgeous weather, take a flying lesson, or purchase a kite of your own as a souvenir of a day well spent.
Milwaukee Urban Water Trail
Feeling adventurous? Milwaukee Urban Water Trail is a 35-mile kayak and canoe “liquid parkway” that runs through the city’s three rivers. Whether you only explore a section of the trail or the whole thing, you’ll love the experience and amazing views to be had while traveling through the city by water.
Lakeshore State Park
Disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city and head to Lakeshore State Park. Spanning 22 acres, this easily accessible state park provides its guests with a variety of fun outdoor activities. Take a hike and enjoy the 1.7 mile trail that’s connected to Milwaukee’s more popular trails, including Hank Aaron and Oak Leaf State Trails. And no worries when it gets a little warm in the height of summer – cool down by the watercraft beach area, or unwind in the shade and go fishing.
Biking in Milwaukee
Get some exercise in and explore Milwaukee on a bike. Sightsee the best of the city with ease, as Milwaukee has designated bike lanes throughout its major areas. If you’re looking for a more relaxed ride, head off-road to Oak Leaf and Hank Aaron State Trails. Pack a picnic and plan your own itinerary for your day spent exploring in Milwaukee.