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Local Phone Number: 414-273-7222

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Located inside the Wisconsin Center
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400 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203

 

Lake Michigan’s Beaches and Parks

When you imagine a beach vacation, you probably don’t picture Milwaukee. But the “Third Coast” has a sandy summertime scene that might surprise you! Milwaukee is home to 1,400 acres of beaches and parkland adjacent to the water, including Bradford Beach, located downtown, which was named one of Travel Channel's top 11 city beaches. 

  1. Atwater Beach

    Park & Beach


    Atwater Beach

    In the near north shore suburb of Shorewood, this beach is a popular spot for families. The views of the lake from the bluff are stunning, and the stairs that take you from the top of the bluff down to the beach are a great work-out for runners and fitness buffs!

    4000 North Lake Drive
    Shorewood, WI • 53211
    (414) 286-2489
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  2. Big Bay Park

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    Big Bay Park

    Approximately seven acres, Big Bay Park offers views of Lake Michigan at a point between the northern and central areas of the county.

    5000 N. Lake Drive
    Whitefish Bay, WI • 53217
    (414) 257-7275
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  3. Bradford Beach

    Public Beach


    Bradford Beach

    This downtown beach has been voted as one of the top ten urban beaches in the nation by USA Today readers. Play a few rounds of beach volleyball on the sand courts, splash in the lake, sunbathe or just enjoy some concessions in the retro beach house or the tiki huts. Neighboring Northpoint Custard serves up burgers and frozen custard all summer long.

    2400 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
    Milwaukee, WI • 53211
    (414) 257-7275
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  4. Doctors Park

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    Doctors Park

    Approximately 49 acres, Doctor's Park is in far northeastern Milwaukee County along Lake Michigan. Doctors Park offers a beach and good quality wooded natural areas. Doctors Woods is a classic beech-maple woods with a great spring native wildflower display.

    1870 E. Fox Lane
    Fox Point, WI • 53217
    (414) 257-7275
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  5. Combine a hike through beautiful Grant Park on the scenic Seven Bridges Trail, or a game of golf at Grant Park golf course, with an afternoon at the beach. Sand volleyball courts and a brand new facility for concessions add to the fun.

    100 E. Hawthorne Avenue
    South Milwaukee, WI • 53172
    (414) 257-7275
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  6. Juneau Park

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    Juneau Park

    Approximately 14 acres, Juneau Park is just off the Lake Michigan shore and along North Lincoln Memorial Drive.

    900 N. Prospect Avenue
    Milwaukee, WI • 53202
    (414) 277-0851
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  7. Lake Park

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    Lake Park

    Approximately 140 acres, Lake Park is one of several parks in the Milwaukee County park system that was designed by renowned landscape architect, and Central Park designer, Fredrick Law Olmstead.

    3233 E. Kenwood Boulevard
    Milwaukee, WI • 53211
    (414) 257-PARK (7275)
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  8. The 22-acre park includes a 1.7-mile trail that connects to the Hank Aaron and Oak Leaf state trails; a watercraft beach area with access for canoes, paddleboats and kayaks; fishing areas and 20 boat slips for vessels up to 60 feet in length with overnight boat camping available. A bridge connects the north end of the park to the Summerfest grounds and an extension of the land near the American Family Insurance Amphitheater connects the south end.

    500 N. Harbor Drive
    Milwaukee, WI • 53202
    (414) 274-4281
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  9. Approximately 118 acres, the McKinley area offers Milwaukee County's only public lakefront marina, boat ramps, beach, access to the Oak Leaf Bike Trail, fishing along the breakwater, and great shorebird, gull, and waterfowl birding opportunities.

    1750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
    Milwaukee, WI • 53202
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  10. The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center’s 185 acres of unspoiled natural beauty represent the largest undeveloped green space along Lake Michigan’s shoreline in Milwaukee County. Just 15 minutes from downtown, the center offers a quiet respite, including a 6-mile system of trails winding through a variety of southeastern Wisconsin habitats, such as lakeshore, forest, marsh and prairie.

    1111 E. Brown Deer Road
    Milwaukee, WI • 53217
    (414) 352-2880
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  11. On the near south side of the city, South Shore Beach features South Shore Terrace beer garden just off the sand, a perfect place for relaxing with friends. Insiders know that this beach is one of the best vantage points for viewing fireworks set off from downtown festivals.

    2900 South Shore Drive
    Milwaukee, WI • 53207
    (414) 482-4270
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  12. Located along the shores of Lake Michigan, the 92-acre park includes running trails, dining options, bike and kite rentals, picnic areas, and access to McKinley Marina and Juneau Park.

    1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
    Milwaukee, WI • 53202
    (414) 257-PARK (7275)
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