Now that summer is OFFICIALLY here, it is truly the BEST time to be in Milwaukee. I thought I would give you a list a few of my favorite Milwaukee things.
We are so fortunate to have Milwaukee’s largest public beach, right here in our backyard. One of Milwaukee County Park’s crowned jewels, Bradford Beach, is home to both beach volleyball and sand soccer leagues that are only a couple bucks to join. If sporting events are not your thing don’t worry, pack up a picnic basket, some friends, and few drinks (that are sans glass) and spend an afternoon enjoying a few sun rays.
Tucked away at the bottom of a bluff in the Village of Shorewood you will find Atwater Beach. A little quieter than Bradford Beach, Atwater is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle in Milwaukee. Regardless if you decide to take the windy walking path or brave the stairs straight down, the end result of the beach is amazing.
I don’t think I have ever seen a patio I haven’t liked. Milwaukee has so many prime locations for patios; on the river, various rooftops and neighborhoods it’s just getting lucky with timing. Due to the fact that our nice weather is so short, people tend to flock to any open-air location. A few of my favorites are as followed (in no particular order):
Milwaukee being the City of Festivals there so many options, large and small. I personally am not a big Summer Fest lover, but there a plenty of other options throughout the summer season.
Happening just 4 Wednesdays a summer, this event makes my heart so happy. Taking place in a part of town that hasn’t gotten a lot of love until recently, Wisconsin Ave. Starting my career at the Bon-Ton, our corporate offices were on the corner of Wisconsin and 4th Street. So I saw very well, how poorly that part of town was cared for. But the folks of Newaukee also saw the opportunity of revitalizing a once very busy part of Milwaukee. The Night market brings in tons of food and art vendors, along with street performers, live music and more. These Wednesday nights make for an awesome after-work adventure downtown. Don’t forget to try the sushi burrito, a Reynebeau favorite!
Milwaukee’s French festival is kicked off by storming the Bastille! A 5k night run throughout Milwaukee’s city streets in memory of the 18th-century attack on the Bastille prison in Paris. If running isn’t your thing, don’t worry, an Eiffle Tower, crepes, and lots of wine will keep you company in Milwaukee’s Cathedral Square. This 4-day event is sure to not disappoint, especially if you have a love for all things Parisian.
A great Milwaukee tradition, the beer gardens! Sprinkled throughout Milwaukee and the greater Milwaukee area, these represent so much history for our city with strong German roots. Romy and I are super lucky to be in walking distance to the Estabrook Beer Garden and can hop onto the Oak Leaf trail to bike south to Hubbard Park Beer Garden in Shorewood, or North to The Bavarian Bier Haus. Regardless which one you choose, I hope you try a Hofbräu Hefeweizen, giant pretzel and some live polka music, PROST!
I think a summer staple for Milwaukee residents and visitors alike is Miller Park. Just saying the words “Miller Park” means sunshine, tailgating, good drinks, stadium food, and of course the Milwaukee Brewers.
Not growing up in Milwaukee, I attended my first Brewer game in high school with my family. We had amazing seats in row 10 behind 1st base. Let’s just say, I have been back to that side of the stadium since, but the outfield bleacher seats and the nose bleed terrace sections I have frequented often.
There are plenty of options for attending Miller Park.
No tickets, no problem. Post up at TGIFridays for long island ice tea and a really great view!
Don’t want to pay for parking in the lots, take a shuttle from one of the various bars like Kelly’s Bleachers or Steny’s.
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