Summer technically stretches from June 20 to September 22. But those 12 weeks can slip away faster than sand through fingertips, so we’ve created this bucket list to help readers take advantage of summer in the city while it lasts.
1: Put your fest foot forward
2: Take the plunge
The east and west coasts don’t have a monopoly on beautiful beaches. Set aside some time to cheer on a championship volleyball game at Bradford Beach or watch waves lap against the sand at Atwater Beach.
3: Plant yourself in one of the city’s many beer gardens
The first beer garden to open in the United States after the repeal of prohibition, Estabrook belongs on any summer bucket list. But many other sudsy spots have since sprouted up throughout the city and are equally worthy of your attention.
4: Soak up some sun during your morning commute
5: See stars – under the stars
Gone are the days when families would spend their Friday and Saturday nights in the summer at the local drive-in theater. But every year, parks throughout the city still screen outdoor movies. Nearby Waukesha presents family-friendly movies on Monday nights too.
6: Hit the road
There’s so much going on in Milwaukee that you could stay within city limits all summer and still find something new to do every day. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t venture further afield at least once, even if only for a day trip to Lake Geneva or a weekend getaway in Door County.
7: Perfect your patio game
Take your weekly brunch to the next level by dining at some of the city’s finest restaurant patios. Or enjoy evening drinks at The Outsider, which made our Best of 2016 list for its stiff drinks and not-too-stiff, nine-story breeze.
8: Root, root, root for the home team
Whether or not you’re a die-hard baseball fan, you’ll likely find an afternoon spent chomping cracker jacks at Miller Park well-worth the price of a ticket. Special promotions run throughout the season too.
9: Listen up
10: Cool down over frozen custard
We may not be called the Cream City for our love of custard, but we might as well be. Kopp’s, Leon’s and Gilles all claim loyal fans, but there are plenty of other sweet spots around town too.