While big cities, large crowds, and loud concerts are not usually my forte, I made an exception earlier this summer to visit Summerfest with Tyler as long as we could also stop for a hike next door at Lakeshore State Park. Hidden in the heart of downtown, this is arguably the best place to spend time outside in Milwaukee.
About Lakeshore State Park
Lakeshore State Park is Wisconsin’s only urban state park and spans about 22 acres just east of downtown. The park is home to a variety of species, including, birds, rodents, and foxes. It has paved trails that are great for walking, running, or biking, as well as some great spots to fish. You can also access the park by water with a kayak or motorized boat. Unlike most state parks in Wisconsin, Lakeshore State Park has free admission. You can access the park from the north, near the entrance to the Summerfest grounds, or from the south past the Milwaukee Pierhead Light. It is open to visitors from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM year-round.
I had such a great time walking around Lakeshore State Park with Tyler and was glad to finally visit the state park closest to my home. I also explored some other state parks along the Midwest Coast this summer that are under two hours from Milwaukee!