The sun is out, the weather is nice and you're hungry ... sounds like it's picnic time. So we've scouted the East Side of Milwaukee for some of the city's best spots to pack a basket, lay down a blanket and grab a bite to eat.
This list features fun stuff in and around Milwaukee for kids of all ages. From smelling the roses at Boerner Botanical Gardens to visiting Old World Wisconsin, this list is chock full of suggestions to keep your little ones entertained all year long.
Bay View's Bounce Milwaukee is as much of a grown-up destination as it is a kid zone. Adults can jump, slide, laser, climb, box, play video games, sumo wrestle and more, in between drinking beers or cocktails and eating healthy (or not healthy) food.
The Hank Aaron State Trail is 12 miles of continuously connected bike and walking trails - some are on the street - that connects the lakefront with Milwaukee's West Side. I rode the section of the trail and here is some of what I found along the way.
On a summer day full of sunshine, what better way to spend it then heading out to one of Milwaukee's gems, Bradford Beach. Even though it is just a beach, there is still plenty of things to do there. In fact, we've listed 12 simple ones right here.
Recently, as part our Urban Exploring series that's underway this summer, OnMilwaukee went on a Milwaukee Food & City Tours in the Third Ward with host Karen Featherstone. The experience was filling for both the mind and stomach.
Last year, Tosa Skateboarders United launched Tosa Skatepark, an open space at Hart Park where anyone can skate or bike in a fun and safe environment. We decided to drop by and check out what the skatepark has to offer.
The Umbrella Bar is the first venue of its kind in the Midwest, an outdoor, quasi-sports bar that features an open-air, tent-like structure with a 360-degree view of The Rock and plenty of activities and attractions for normal kids and "cool" (as in 21-plus) kids.
With 22 acres of trails, picnic spots and gorgeous rocky beaches, Lakeshore State Park is certainly a winner. And that's not even including the incredible scenic views it offers of the city surrounding it. Here are just a few of its beautiful panoramas.
In 2013, "tiny doors" were installed at the base of trees in Bay View's Humboldt Park. Shortly after, they were vandalized. Today, OnMilwaukee placed seven tiny doors in the park - go find 'em before they're gone.
There's nothing like kids to get you out to the zoo. Since the little ones arrived, I've come to know the Milwaukee County Zoo intimately. But on a recent visit, I learned that there was plenty I hadn't yet seen or experienced at the zoo.
In the name of enjoying summer and taking advantage of the expansive county park a mere half mile from her home, Laura Harvey decided to conduct an in-depth exploration of Doctor's Park so that all those who visit may enjoy it as much as she did.
Every time we visit "Kosy" we wonder why we don't stop by more. It's peaceful, accessible and a great way to take a quick break from the city bustle and take in some serenity for five minutes, 10 minutes or more.
Once partly old railroad rights of way, Milwaukee's 118-mile paved Oak Leaf Trail winds throughout the county and is used everyday by people of all sorts - whether to commute, to get exercise or just to have fun.
Last Wednesday was opening night at Summerfest, but the Pedal Tavern was where the fun was. Zoe Benjamin says trying out the Pedal Tavern before a long night of music, food and even more drinks is probably one of the best pregame ideas ever.