Year Round Fun on the Lakefront

To Do

Milwaukee can thank its former socialist mayors for our beautiful, green lakefront. They believed that the presence of nature provides a positive influence on your personal life and pushed to keep the lakefront a non-commercialized park for citizens to enjoy. Today, that remains true, with beaches, parks, and trails for everyone to enjoy. But you don’t have to wait until summer to get outside; there are activities to enjoy all year long on beautiful Milwaukee’s lakefront.


  • Fly a kite at Veterans Park. Gift of Wings, located right in the park, has an extensive selection of kites for purchase.
  • Check out Art in Bloom, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s fully floral art festival including a fashion show of gowns created completely of flowers.
  • Take a bike ride on the Oak Leaf Trail, right along the lakefront and into Lakeshore State Park. Don’t have a bike? Rent a Bublr Bike for the afternoon!
  • Watch the sky light up with colorful kites of every shape and size at the Milwaukee Family Kite Festival.
  • Observe what the next generation of technical minds has created at Robotics Week at Discovery World.
  • Shake the winter blues and grab an outdoor workout at the multi-gym stations along the lakefront.


  • Learn how to sail with lessons from the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center.
  • Marvel at the high-flying stunt teams at the Milwaukee Air and Water Show.
  • Challenge your friends to a game of volleyball at Bradford Beach. Join a summer league or take advantage of the 35 courts along the beach on a non-league night.
  • Rent a paddleboat and cruise the lagoon in Veterans Park or off the dock of Discovery World.
  • Catch free outdoor movies on the lakefront throughout the summer months.
  • View and purchase art at one of the top twenty art festivals in the country: the Lakefront Festival of Art.
  • Camp out in Veterans Park on July 2nd to ensure a perfect spot to view the Independence Day fireworks on July 3rd. The fireworks will be back in 2022!
  • Attend the monthly beach bonfire at Lakeshore State Park
  • Take a turn at the helm of the S/V Denis Sullivan and learn about Milwaukee’s maritime past.


  • Head to the top of North Point Lighthouse to take in an aerial view of the fall colors.
  • Go for a walk or run in the crisp autumn air along the Oak Leaf Trail.
  • Go for a longer run and conquer the Lakefront Marathon.
  • Pack a picnic and take the family down to Veterans Park for a picturesque meal.
  • See the salmon run. Starting around Labor Day, head down to the harbor gaps at the lakefront to see the fish gather before heading upstream.


  • Go surfing! Really! Avid surfers of Lake Michigan say that winter provides the best surfing conditions.
  • Quickly hop in and out of the lake at the Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day.
  • Fly a kite or check out the ice sculptures at the free Cool Fool Kite Festival, also taking place on New Year’s Day.
  • Build a snowman at Bradford Beach.
  • Go sledding down Lafayette Hill or North Point Hill.
  • Try ice fishing on the inlet at Lake Shore State Park. 
  • Head over to the Milwaukee Art Museum to warm up. Winter is the perfect time to take in some art or grab a warm cup of coffee at Café Calatrava.