Milwaukee Summer Bucket List

The Ultimate Summer Bucket List- Things to Do in MKE This Summer

We are never sure what to expect with Milwaukee's ever-changing weather, or if our plans for the day will stay true to the itinerary. Luckily there are many things to do inside or out in Milwaukee, so rain or shine here’s a list of things for you to partake in this summer. Whether this is your first summer living in Milwaukee, if you're visiting Milwaukee for a weekend, or you have lived here your whole life, there is something to do in Milwaukee this summer for you to enjoy! 

  1. Attend one of Milwaukee’s many cultural festivals (Bastille Days, German Fest, Polish Fest, Festa Italiana)

  2. Visit the Milwaukee Public Market for many food options

  3. Attend Jazz in the Park (the free outdoor Jazz festival every Thursday at Cathedral Square Park)

  4. Find your favorite Milwaukee Friday Fish Fry

  5. Play a game of volley ball at Bradford Beach

  6. Visit and take pictures at the Black Cat Mural Alley (The east side)

  7. Attend a concert at Summerfest

  8. Visit a city park

  9. Visit the famous Milwaukee Art Museum

  10. Visit the Milwaukee County Zoo

  11. Support the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team at a game day

  12. Try some of Milwaukee’s famous custard places (Kopp’s, Leon’s, Oscar’s, Purple Door)

  13. Sit in a sunburst chair and sip some Colectivo coffee on the Lakefront 

  14. Grab a hot and ready slice of Ian’s pizza anytime 

  15. Hike, run, walk, or ride your bike on the Oak Leaf Trail or Hank Aaron State Trails

  16. Enjoy taco Tuesday at many restaurants which have tacos for just $2 

  17. Soak in the city view from a Milwaukee Boat tour

  18. Catch some rays at Atwater Beach 

  19. Spend the day on a Milwaukee rooftop bar

  20. Go on a brewery tour at one of Milwaukee’s many breweries

  21. Walk the town and find a yummy food truck

  22. Enjoy a refreshing beer at one of Milwaukee’s summer beer gardens

  23. Hop on to the Milwaukee Hop and get a view of town

  24. Tour one of Milwaukee’s hands on Museums like Discovery World

  25. Stop by a farmer’s market on the weekend 

  26. Watch a Brewer’s game or the Bachelorette outside at the Fiserv Forum Deer Garden

  27. Play some games and try the punch at Punch Bowl Social 

  28. Throw some axes at an axe bar

  29. Bowl late night at Landmark Lanes

  30. Support a local business by shopping at a local boutique downtown or In the Third Ward

  31. Rent a Bublr bike for the day

  32. Cross the Hoan Bridge for fun 

  33. Sip and paint at an art studio

  34. Find out what the hype is and eat some Wisconsin cheese curds

  35. Visit the Wisconsin State Fair for a famous cream puff

  36. Watch the sunrise/ sunset on the lakefront

  37. Climb the North Point lighthouse 

  38. Become a secret agent at dinner at the Safe House

  39. Have a fancy photoshoot at Villa Terrace

  40. Grab some friends for a pedal tavern throughout town

  41. Network and have fun at the Milwaukee Night Market

  42. Swing underneath the Holton Bridge at the Swing Park

  43. Kayak on the Milwaukee River

  44. Get groovy at Chill on the Hill music fest

  45. Brunch and drink bottomless mimosas at numerous MKE restaurants

  46. Visit a cider or wine bar

  47. Learn about Milwaukee’s history at the Milwaukee Public Museum

  48. Attend a show at the Oriental Theater 

  49. Go rock climbing at Adventure Rock

  50. Read a book in the Central Library 

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