Whether it’s hiking, kayaking, swimming or shopping, there are plenty of outdoor activities around Milwaukee for everyone to enjoy. Here are a few to cross off your bucket list this summer.
Enjoy a day on the water at Veterans Park
Veterans Park is a 14-acre lagoon located along the shores of Lake Michigan, where people can come kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, or pedal boating. You can also walk, run or cycle along the trail to enjoy panoramic views of the lake. The park also offers an open grassy area for kites.
Veterans Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Prices start at $ 11 an hour.
Spend a day at the beach at Bradford Beach
Bradford Beach is located in the center of Lincoln Memorial Drive, four miles from the campus. Here you can enjoy activities such as sunbathing, swimming, volleyball and more.
Bailey Doyle, a junior at the College of Communication, says this place is a nice reminder of home to her.
“I’m from California, so it’s nice to have the lake,” Doyle says. “Bradford is also so close to Marquette and I always meet new people every time I go there.”
The beach also has free parking and is open every day from 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Raise Pic Lapham
Lapham Peak is 26 miles from downtown Milwaukee and offers a 4.9 mile trail that includes beginner and intermediate levels. It is open year round and hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Daily admission costs $ 8 for vehicles with Wisconsin license plates and $ 11 for out-of-state plates.
Go to a Milwaukee Brewer’s Game
Now that American Family Field welcomes fans to the field at 100% capacity, go and enjoy a game of brewing with your friends and family.
“It was so nice to meet up with my roommates and be in the stadium again,” said Rachael Beech, a junior from the College of Business Administration. “It was strange even though being surrounded by so many people again, it felt like things were finally getting back to normal.”
American Family Field also hosts Student evenings on Fridays, where high school and college students can purchase $ 9 to $ 15 tickets to the game.
Pick your own fruit at Barthel fruit farm
During the summer months, visitors can pick strawberries at Barthel Fruit Farm. You have to buy a bag for picking when you arrive and then you pay for what you pick based on the weight. Hours may vary depending on the weather, the number of people and how quickly the berries ripen. Be sure to call 262-242-2737 for current times before you go.
Brady Street tours start at 11:15 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and last from two and a half to three hours. The tour spans 1.25 miles where you can sample pizza, cannoli, tacos, salami, prosciutto, olives, cottage pie, and a beer brewed in Milwaukee. Prices range from $ 35 to $ 60 per person. Since Brady Street was originally settled by Italian and Polish immigrants, you will also be able to hear the stories of some of these immigrants throughout the tour.
Shop on South Shore Farmer’s Market
The South Shore Farmer’s Market welcomes its 22sd annual farmer’s market offering fruits, vegetables, a variety of meats and plants as well as baked goods. The farmer’s market will be open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
On rainy days, visit Mitchell Park Conservatory of Horticulture
Experience the outdoors at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, located at 524 S. Layton Boulevard. The Domes include three different environments: the Desert Dome, the Tropical Dome, and the Floral Dome.
Admission is $ 8 for adults with $ 1 off for Milwaukee residents and $ 6 for students. Hours are Wednesday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This story was written by Bailey Striepling. She can be reached at [email protected]