8 Milwaukee Beaches to Check Out This Summer

Grab your flip-flops, pack some drinks and get some sun.

IT’S BASICALLY SUMMERTIME, so plan your day trips now. For the sunny days ahead, chose from one of these Milwaukee beaches to enjoy the fresh air, a lake breeze and a leisurely walk.

1. Doctor’s Park

Located on the edge of Fox Point, Doctor’s Park features 49 acres atop a bluff. There’s plenty of grass and tables for picnics, sports fields, a playground and an exercise area. Find your way down to the secluded shoreline of Lake Michigan by stairs, trail or path. On July 27, the Traveling Beer Garden will be back at this beach for you to enjoy a Sprecher Beer or Root beer.

2. Bradford Beach

Milwaukee’s largest beach is always a hit in the summer with over a mile of sandy beach for tanning, Frisbee, exercising or swimming. They also have volleyball nets set up right by the rest building, which has a snack shack, bathrooms and places for conveniently rinsing your feet. You can’t miss the tiki bars at Bradford, which have friendly staff and a variety of drinks, both alcoholic and non. Fairly new to Bradford Beach is The Dock, a restaurant that has an extensive menu of salads, appetizers, burgers, sandwiches and tacos.

Bradford Beach; Photo by Visit Milwaukee

 

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3. Big Bay Park

The grassy overlook at Big Bay is a perfect spot to view a majestic sunrise. Sit on a bench or roll out a blanket and have a picnic during a nice day. You can chose to make your way down to the beach via winding stairs amidst the trees or take a paved hill among tall grass and wild bush. The beach is a pleasant mix of soft sand and small rocks, great for skipping along the shore. 

4. Klode Park

Klode Park is almost like a brand new beach since last year it was restored because of damages done in a large storm back in 2020. In the restoration they added more sand, extending the beach. It’s a quaint beach at the bottom of a large hill that many people use to sled on during the winter months. On top of the hill, street level, there are two grassy fields, the larger one also used in the winter months as an ice rink. Klode also has tennis courts, a playground and a small building with bathrooms.

5. Atwater Park/Beach

Located in Shorewood, at the end of Capital on Lake Drive, this park features a large grassy area, scattered with flowers beds and trees for shade, along with picnic tables. Across the way, separated by a short path to the overlook, is a nice, well-maintained playground with benches. There’s a small overlook that will lead you down a steep flight of stairs. From there you can choose a paved path or many more stairs. The beach is long and somewhat narrow, full of soft sand. There is also another small area with unique play equipment at the north end of the beach.

Atwater Beach; Photo by Brianna Schubert

6. South Shore Park and Beach

Open for the 2022 season, the South Shore Terrace beer garden sits right on this beach on Milwaukee’s South side. Featuring farm to table food, refreshing beers, lake side views, this could be a great place for a lunch or dinner. After your meal, take off your shoes and walk down to the water. Locals know the secrets – they say South Shore beach is a great spot to watch the fireworks set off during Downtown festivals.

7. Grant Park and Beach

If you want a mix of beach strolling and trail hiking, then Grant Park is your best bet. The trails will twist you through wooded areas and ravines, and the park is pet-friendly so they can enjoy a good walk too. The park also features an 18-hole golf course and a small, serene waterfall. The beach features a wide sandy beach that’s walled off by trees, providing a bit of privacy from other activities in the area.

8. Bay View Park

This is a long park with a grassy area for playing catch and other recreational activities. The line of shrubs and trees hides away a beach with great views of Milwaukee’s skyline. Running through Bay View park, located on Milwaukee’s South side, is a segment of the Oak Leaf Trail. This makes for a great option for strolling through the park.

 

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