On a recent visit to Summerfest, I also was able to stop by a new-to-me Wisconsin state park! Though hidden from view from nearly everywhere except the Summerfest grounds, Lakeshore State Park is right in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. Despite its central location, the park is one of the best places to escape the crowds in Milwaukee County!
About Lakeshore State Park
Lakeshore State Park is Wisconsin’s only urban state park and spans about 22 acres just east of downtown. It is home to a variety of species, including, birds, rodents, and foxes. The Hank Aaron State Trail winds through the park and is great for walking, running, or biking. A Travel Wisconsin selfie stand on the eastern side of the loop offers a picturesque photo backdrop.
Fishing is permitted at the park with a valid fishing license. Free street parking can be found near the south entrance along Erie Street. Instead of arriving by car, visitors can also access the park with a motorized boat by reserving a slip here. Learn more about state parks along the Midwest Coast.
Getting to Lakeshore State Park
Lakeshore State Park is located on the shoreline of Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee’s inner harbor. You can access it just beyond the northernmost entrance to the Summerfest grounds or from Erie Street past the Milwaukee Pierhead Light.