Outdoor Activities – Marquette Wire


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 shore 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 flying kites.

Veterans Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Prices start at $11 per hour.

Spend a day at the beach at Bradford Beach

Bradford Beach is centrally located on Lincoln Memorial Drive, four miles from campus. Here you can enjoy activities such as sunbathing, swimming, volleyball and more.

Bailey Doyle, a junior from the College of Communication, says the place is a good reminder of home for 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 daily from 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Raise Lapham Peak

Lapham Peak is 26 miles from downtown Milwaukee and offers a 7.9-mile trail that includes novice and intermediate levels. It’s open year-round and hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Daily admission is $8 for vehicles with Wisconsin license plates and $11 for out-of-state license plates.

Go to one The Milwaukee Brewer Game

Now that American Family Field is once again welcoming fans to the field at 100% capacitygo enjoy a game of Brewer with your friends and family.

“It was so nice to hook up with my roommates and be in the ballpark again,” said Rachael Beech, a junior from the College of Business Administration. “It was strange to be around so many people again, it’s like things are finally getting back to normal.”

American Family Field also hosts Student parties on Fridays, where high school and college students can purchase $9-$15 tickets to the game.

U-pick fruit at Barthel fruit farm

During the summer months, visitors can pick strawberries at Barthel’s Fruit Farm. You have to buy a bag for pick up when you arrive, then you pay what you choose based on weight. Times may vary depending on weather, number of people and how quickly the berries ripen. Be sure to call 262-242-2737 for current hours before heading out.

Attend walking food tours on Brady Street

Brady Street tours begin at 11:15 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and last two and a half to three hours. The tour spans 1.25 miles where you can enjoy pizza, cannoli, tacos, salami, prosciutto, olives, cottage pie, and 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 stories of some of these immigrants throughout the tour.

Shop at South Shore Farmer’s Market

The South Shore Farmer’s Market is organizing its 22n/a 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 Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. It will also feature live music for people to enjoy while picnicking with friends and family.

On rainy days, visit Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

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 through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This story was written by Bailey Strepling. She can be reached at [email protected]


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