19 Fun Things to Do in Milwaukee This Summer

19 Fun Things to Do in Milwaukee This Summer

Grab your family or friends and check out one of these awesome summer activities.
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If you didn't already know, Milwaukee, Wisconsin is definitely the place to be in the summertime. With hundreds of things to do, you'll never find yourself bored in this city. Also known as "The City of Festivals" Milwaukee offers numerous unique festivals all summer long, some in which I included below. Summertime is the best time to grab some friends and hit the beach or gather your family and head out to one Milwaukee's amazing rooftop dining options. I hope to see everyone outside adventuring this summer!

1. Bradford Beach

Didn’t make it to PCB or South Padre for spring break? That’s okay, Bradford beach gives you the vacation feels without having to leave Wisconsin. As soon as the weather hits above 65 degrees, you’ll catch everyone out and about at Bradford.

2. Summerfest

Come join thousands of fellow music and beer lovers at The Worlds Largest Music Festival running from June 29-July 3 and July 5-July 10. This year, artists include Luke Bryan, Selena Gomez, Weezer, Jason Derulo, Martin Garrix, Paul McCartney, Hunter Hayes, Willie Nelson, O.A.R and more.

3. Milwaukee Kayak Company

Located on the Milwaukee River, The Milwaukee Kayak Company offers afternoon kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding rentals. This is something fun to do alone or with friends, just make sure you schedule a reservation before.


4. Jazz in the Park

Every Thursday from June 2-Sept. 1, get funky with friends in Cathedral Square Park for an evening of Jazz music and fun.

5. Bublr Bike Ride

Located all over the city of Milwaukee, Bublr Bikes are the new fun way to get around. You can either sign up for a season pass or pay as you bike for a small fee and UWM students can sign up online for free. Get a group of friends and ride down to the lakefront.

6. Nite-Glow Golfing

“With only tees, flag sticks, and holes illuminated and glow-in-the-dark golf balls flying through the air, Nite-Glow Golf is a veritable light show.” Start golfing May 27 at Milwaukee County Parks.

7. Milwaukee Historic Third Ward

Take an afternoon or nighttime stroll down Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward and make sure to stop by the Milwaukee Public Market for some yummy treats.

8. Milwaukee County Parks

Just because Milwaukee is a big city doesn’t mean there aren’t beautiful trails and parks to visit. Spend a summer afternoon hiking through one of more than 50 Milwaukee County Parks.

9. Pride Fest

A weekend full of entertainment, dancing and art. Milwaukee Pride Fest is the nation’s largest LGBT festival, made up of only volunteers. Join the LGBT community this summer for the 29th annual celebration on June 10-12 with performances by Blondie & GGOOLLDD!


10. Brewer Game Tailgate

The one thing besides cheese that Wisconsin is known for is drinking. Wisconsinites take tailgating to a new level, especially at a summer Brewer Game. Get a large group, buy some nosebleed seats, pack lots of food and beer and join hundreds of fans as they spend hours outside before the big game. Brewer home games start April 4 and run all the way through September.

11. Lakefront Festival of the Arts

"Don't miss one of the country's top art festivals, featuring over 170 artists from around the nation, your favorite local food vendors, beer and wine garden, the PNC Children Experience and an amazing musical lineup." All happening outside the Milwaukee Art Museum on June 17-19.

12. Sand Volleyball League

Get some friends together and register at milwaukeesocialclub.com/volleyball to enter your team in the sand volleyball league, or just get a group of friends, head down to Bradford and play some volleyball for the hell of it.

13. North Point

It's hot outside and maybe you're in the mood for some ice cream. North Point is located right on the lake off Lincoln Memorial Drive for your sweet treat destination. North Point reopens on May 21!

15. Bastille Days

This free four day festival features live music, an international marketplace, chef and wine demos, French and Cajun cuisine, roaming busker entertainment and a signature 43-foot Eiffel Tower replica. Bastille Days run from June 17-19.

16. Lunch at Cafe Benelux

Enjoy a nice lunch or dinner at one of Milwaukee's most famous restaurants, Cafe Benelux, with an amazing rooftop view of the city.

17. Kite Flying at Veterans Park

Bring a picnic basket and a blanket to spend the day in Veterans Park flying kites. Make sure to stop at Gift of Wings located right in Veterans Park for "beautiful and useful gifts that reflect the spirit of Aviation, the art of kite flying, and Drones,and other flying toys."

18. Zoo a la Carte at the Milwaukee County Zoo

One of Milwaukee’s favorite traditions is back at the Milwaukee County Zoo for the 32 year. Zoo A La Carte welcomes top national and local bands performing throughout zoo grounds and 28 area restaurants that will offer fare to please the palate! Dates are to be announced.

19. Mckinley Marina

And lastly but certainly not least—The Mickley Marina. Wander down to the McKinley Marina located right on the lakefront for some fun jet ski, paddle boat and other summer rentals.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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