Milwaukee's prime lakefront location provides plenty of opportunities for fun and adventure in our great "urban outdoors." And fans of spectator sports will be spoiled for choice with our range of professional sports teams and great downtown venues.
|Bradford Beach is the place to be in Milwaukee's hot summer months.|
Pick up a game of beach volleyball, enjoy Tiki drinks in your cabana, grab something to eat at the retro beach house concession window or just spread out your towel at Bradford Beach - THE place to be in Milwaukee's hot summer months. The lake is also a choice spot for jet-skiing, sailing, windsurfing and freshwater surfing. Bring your own equipment or take advantage of beachfront lessons and rentals.
Run or hike along the popular six-mile Lakefront Trail, beginning just north of the Milwaukee Art Museum along Lake Michigan. This paved, three-mile loop features a 20-station exercise course and the one-mile, Lakeshore State Park Loop ("Summerfest Island"), the perfect place to check out the city's warm weather festival scene.
Rent a kayak, canoe or paddleboard from Milwaukee Kayak Company for a great way to view the city and its architecture from the river level – and take in a couple of brewpubs along the way. Kids will love the pedal boats, paddle boards, kayaks and canoes at Wheel Fun Rentals, locatedon a picturesque, tree-lined lagoon along Lake Michigan.
Fly over off-road tracks or slowly meander down a scenic paved trail – Milwaukee is a cyclist's dream. Bike along a stretch of the 100+ mile Oak Leaf Trail that follows an abandoned railroad corridor from the lakefront through beautiful wooded areas along the Milwaukee River. Or for a unique urban cycling experience, head west along the Hank Aaron State Trail in the Menomonee River Valley, where historical markers, artworks and wetlands preservation mark the trail through this former industrial area.
You bring the clubs, we’ll bring the courses. Milwaukee's 16 county parks golf courses are some of the most challenging and enjoyable in the area, including Brown Deer Golf Course. The course has hosted PGA Tour and USGA national championships. The Bog, an 18-hole, Par 72 championship layout course designed by golfing legend Arnold Palmer, is just 30 minutes north of Milwaukee. Erin Hills, the future site of the U.S. Open in 2017, is less than an hour from downtown.
|Miller Park is the nation's only ballpark with a fan shaped retractable roof.|
You'll find plenty of fans grilling bratwurst and enjoying a cold beer before games at Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers and the nation's only ballpark with a retractable roof and natural grass playing field. Don't forget toplace your bets on which sausage finishes first when the world-famous Klement's Racing Sausages race around the infield during the 7th inning stretch.
Basketball rocks the house at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, home of the Milwaukee Bucks. Families descend on the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena for professional indoor soccer action with the Milwaukee Wave and the AHL Milwaukee Admirals; the arena also plays host to women's roller derby action with the Brew City Bruisers.
Don't pass up the scenic views of the city and Lake Michigan from the top of the 74-foot tower of the historic North Point Lighthouse in Lake Park. Enjoy the panoramic view atop the 60-foot observation tower at the 185-acre Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, or climb the lookout tower of the Urban Ecology Center, internationally known for its picturesque walking paths, ecology programs and educational outreach on the Milwaukee River.
Milwaukee County Parks are packed with nearly 15,000 acres of recreational enjoyment. Four-season fun abounds, from picturesque nature, bike and running trails to sandy beaches and high-speed toboggan runs. New and impressive parks in reclaimed areas include the 24-acre Three Bridges Park, opened along the Menomonee River in 2013, and the 40-acre Rotary Centennial Arboretum along the Milwaukee River near the Urban Ecology Center.
Don't miss the Milwaukee RIver Challenge on September 20!