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

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