Where to Find the Best Views of Milwaukee

A photographer’s dream guide to capturing Milwaukee from its best angles.

From lesser known Milwaukee parks to the top of the Milwaukee Central Library’s roof, there are plenty of places to take in the sights of Milwaukee.

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Kilbourn Reservoir Park

North Ave curves through Kilbourn Reservoir Park and many don’t stop to notice that the southern part of the park has a great view of Milwaukee. Stop for a walk in the park and head to the path on the south end. There, you will be able to see over the Milwaukee River to the Lower East Side of Milwaukee and beyond.
Kilbourn Reservoir Park, N Bremen St

View from Reservoir Park. Photo by Megan Otto.

South Shore Park

Slightly south of downtown, South Shore Park provides great glimpses of the city. Head down to the path along the beach to capture great photos of both the South Shore Yacht Club and the Milwaukee skyline. While there isn’t much beach to enjoy, this is still a great destination to head to for a short walk and to snap a few photos!
2900 S Shore Dr

View from South Shore Park. Photo by Megan Otto.

Bay View Park

Bay View Park juts out far enough east so that the entirety of Milwaukee’s skyline and water-frontage can be captured. To actually see the water, head down the main path to the waters edge where there is a sand and pebble beach. From here, the best sight of the city can be seen.
3120 S Lake Dr

View from Bay View Park. Photo by Megan Otto.

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Brewer’s Hill

Head to the neighborhood of Brewer’s Hill for great views overlooking the city. To capture Milwaukee’s skyline, Hubbard Street has the most picturesque views. Stroll along Hubbard to catch views of the city from all angles. The closer you walk to local restaurant Wolf Peach, the better and clearer view you will get!
Hubbard Street and Vine Street in Brewer’s Hill

View from Brewers Hill. Photo courtesy of Tyler Otto.

MSOE Grohmann Museum

From the street level, you can just barely catch the bronze sculptures that adorn the roof of MSOE’s Grohmann Museum. Make your way to the roof to not only take in the grand statues and flower beds, but also the refreshing view of Milwaukee. Admission to the museum is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, and free to MSOE students, alumni and children under 12.
Milwaukee School of Engineering, 1000 N Broadway

View of the Grohmann Museum Rooftop. Photo courtesy of the Grohmann Museum.

Milwaukee Public Library’s Central Library Roof

This is one library you don’t want to miss! The roof of Milwaukee Public Library’s Central Library has 33,000 square feet of green roof above its Business and Periodicals Room. To access the roof to see the green space, request a spot on one of the library’s scheduled tours that are offered twice a week from mid-April through the end of October.
814 W Wisconsin Ave

Photo by Pat A. Robinson.

North Point Lighthouse

The North Point Lighthouse has been recently renovated and is now open to the public. On Saturday or Sunday from 1-4 p.m., climb the 74 foot-tall tower for a 360 degree view of Lake Park, Lake Michigan and downtown Milwaukee. Admission to the lighthouse is $8 for adults, $5 for adults 65 and older and children age 5-11.
2650 N Wahl Ave

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Columbia St. Mary’s and Whole Foods Market Parking Garage

While almost any multi-level parking garage in downtown Milwaukee will give you a view of the city, the parking garage shared by Columbia St. Mary’s and the Whole Foods Market elevates you to the perfect vantage point to catch a view of part of Milwaukee’s skyline. From one angle, you are even able to see the Hoan Bridge and Lake Michigan. Stop by at sunset for the best lighting!
2311 N Prospect Ave

View from Columbia St. Mary’s and Whole Foods Market parking garage. Photo courtesy of Tyler Otto.




Megan Otto is a digital and editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine. She currently attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has previously interned in London.