7 ways to stay cool in the summer heat

Published July 26, 2020

It's been a scorcher of a summer thus far - but thankfully, there are still plenty of indoor activities and social-distanced water-based fun you can find this unusual summer season.


Where to rent a boat or kayak in The Good Land

Published June 25, 2020

Whether you are an experienced boater or a total newbie there's a float-astic experience out there for you and, best of all, you'll only have to social distance from the fish.


Donut Boats, Retro Boats almost ready to float

Published March 27, 2019

On May 1, Boat MKE opens for business on the Milwaukee River, 735 N. Water St., and this year, the local company is offering another way to float: donut boats and retro boats.


Watch the Venetian Boat Parade light up the lake this weekend

Published Aug. 18, 2017

Watch some Brew City boats brighten up the night at the Milwaukee Venetian Boat Parade, as the event - featuring vibrant vessels dressed up in lights and more - sets sail on Saturday, Aug. 19, in the McKinley Marina for the first time.


Lake Geneva getaway packs in food, fun, magic and adventure

Published June 10, 2016

Less than an hour from Milwaukee, Lake Geneva is a beautiful vacation destination for a day trip, weekend getaway or full-on family vacation. Whether you're on water or land, there is plenty to do and see in this quaint and historic resort town.


Panga's vacation vibe breaks the Milwaukee monotony

Published July 26, 2015 recently made the trek out to Panga and realized that it really wasn't much of a trek at all. Mike and Kristyn Eitel, who also own The Nomad and the BelAir chain, acquired the Oconomowoc-based Panga in early June.


Have you seen Milwaukee's "party pontoon?"

Published Sept. 21, 2013

Anyone who spends time on or near the Downtown waterways might have caught a glimpse of Milwaukee's "party pontoon." Or they might have heard it.


Milwaukee Kayak provides awesome autumn adventures

Published Sept. 14, 2013

With temperatures regularly above 70 degrees, lots of sunshine and a crisp "fall is in the air" breeze, September seems like a dependable time of year to plan an outdoor activity. We had this thought recently when we visited the Milwaukee Kayak Company and paddled the Downtown waterways on a beautiful September afternoon.


Nicknames that just might float your boat

Published Sept. 3, 2011

John Leaf has always been fascinated by boat names. And the Milwaukee lakefront is literally full of them. Here are some of Leaf's favorites.


Sunday Sound-off: Should the USS Des Moines stay or go?

Published Jan. 30, 2005

Welcome to the first segment of a new weekly OMC column. Every Sunday, OMC will ask a question and post your responses the next week. This week we polled random folks about the controversial USS Des Moines.