Milwaukee Outdoor Activities
Get in touch with the great outdoors. During the summer when the sun shines brightly, the trees grow and the flowers blossom, hang out by Lake Milwaukee or hit the trails at Lake Park. During the winter when its snowy and freezing outside, head to one of the great indoor conservatories for a little slice of spring year-round. Visit some of the most naturally beautiful sights at these magnificent sites in Milwaukee.
Take a trip to Milwaukee's Living Landmark! The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
, also known as "The Domes," consists of three bee-hive shaped, glass-domed conservatories with three different themes: Show Dome, Tropical Dome and Arid Dome. Check out the extensive garden railway display, see colorful birds and look at a plant that can live for over a thousand years. Stick around at night for the amazing light show.
Address: 524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53215 - MAP
Phone: (414) 257-5611
Visit the Boerner Botanical Gardens
from late April to early November. The internationally renown horticultural center offers eleven specialty outdoor gardens, including the cutting edge Trial Garden which features newly developed plant varieties not publicly available anywhere else. Take a tour and admire the beautiful arrangement integration of architecture and sculptures among the plant life.
Address: 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners, WI 53130 - MAP
Phone: (414) 525-5600
Break your bathing suit out for the summer and head to Bradford Beach
. Enjoy the surf, sun and outdoors at Lake Milwaukee. If the water's too chilly for you, participate in a game of beach volleyball, wake up to some Beach Yoga or spend an evening at the Bradford Beach Bonfire Music Series.
Address: 2400 N Lincoln Memorial Dr Milwaukee, WI 53211 - MAP
Phone: (414) 962-8809
Located on the last remaining prehistoric Indian Mound in the city, Lake Park
is a 138-acre oasis of greenery within the urban landscape. Just north of the Milwaukee Art Museum, this park is home to a lighthouse, several trails and paths, tennis courts, a golf course and a playground. Enjoy the fresh air, beautiful outdoors, and free concerts during the summer.
Address: 3233 E Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53202 - MAP
Phone: (414) 962-8809
Engage in hands-on learning about science, nature and sustainable living at the Urban Ecology Center
. The center has two outdoor "laboratories," located in two urban parks, which feature 15 acres of woodland, a lagoon and riparian habitat on the east bank of the Milwaukee River. The parks also house a habitat-themed playground, as well as seasonal swimming, boating and skating.
Address: 1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee, WI 53211 - MAP
Phone: (414) 964-8505
Admire the 50 plus sculpture collection spread throughout the 40 acres of the Lynden Sculpture Garden
's park, lake and woodland. The monumental, abstract and colorful statues are part of the Garden's permanent collection. View traveling exhibitions as well, and admire the wonderful mesh of art, sculpture and the environment.
Address: 2145 W. Brown Deer Rd. Milwaukee, WI 53217 - MAP
Phone: (414) 446-8794
The Kettle Moraine State Forest
consists of northern and southern units that frame Milwaukee. The Northern Unit is less than an hour's drive away from the city and features several biking and hiking trails (including part of the famous Ice Age Trail), campgrounds and fishing and hunting sites.
Address: N1765 Highway G, Campbellsport WI 53010 - MAP
Phone: (262) 626-2116
Located near Discovery World, Veteran's Park
contains several opportunities for outdoor fun, like running and biking trails, a lagoon with fishing opportunities, and a duck pond. Whether you want to go fly a kite or take a paddleboat out, there is something for everyone at this tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of its neighboring streets.
Address: 1010 N Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53202 - MAP
Phone: (414) 277-0860
Located along the Lake Michigan shoreline, the expansive Henry Maier Festival Park
is the heart of Milwaukee's major music and cultural festivals during the summer months. The park land was previously home to the former Maitland Airport, which was completely demolished by 1995. Now, Henry Maier Festival Park is an outdoor place to have fun in the sun-from Summerfest to the Asian Moon Festival to German Fest to the Mexican Fiesta-there is always something going on from June to September!
Address: 200 North Harbor Dr., Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202 - MAP
Phone: (414) 273-2680