6 On-the-Water Milwaukee Activities to Try This Summer

Milwaukee’s made of H2O. Now that it’s in liquid form again, get on it! Relaxation and great city views guaranteed.

Photo by Adam Ryan Morris.
Photo by Adam Ryan Morris.

Paddling: Settle into a kayak or mount a stand-up paddleboard and let your cares drift away. Milwaukee Kayak Company, 318 S. Water St.; Kayaks/stand-up paddleboards: $35; canoes: $50; tandem kayaks: $65.

Rafting: Spend a lazy afternoon floating down the Milwaukee River. Tarka’s Whitewater Journey, 3017 N. Downer Ave; Half-day trips, $30 for adults; $25 (17 and younger).

Kiteboarding: If you’re in need of an adrenaline fix, fly like a seagull over a lake! Adventure Bicycle and Kiteboarding. Departures from Bradford Beach and Big Muskego Lake (depends on wind); $50/hour.

Fishing: Gather friends and take to the big lake looking for lunkers on a 36-foot boat. Maritime Charters, 1750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.; $600 for 5 hours (up to 6 people).

Sailing: Learn to jibe, dock and tack in a two-week program or weekend crash course. Milwaukee Community Sailing Center, 1450 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr. $165 (basic evening course); $300 (weekend intensive course).

Cruising: Sit back and relax while taking in the sights, both old and modern, during an 80-minute Historic Milwaukee Boat Tour; Edelweiss, 205 W. Highland Ave. $19.95 adults; $9.98 kids.

“Take to the Water” is part of the “Maximum Fun” cover story that appears in the 2016 City Guide issue of Milwaukee Magazine. Buy a copy at milwaukeemag.com/shop.

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