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A Milwaukee, Wisconsin, vacation during the summer months promises to be a fulfilling experience. Offering a vast array of activities to do and adventures to embark upon this city is sure to provide an amazing experience. Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an energizing blend of culture, nature, and entertainment, making it an ideal vacation destination. With a generous multitude of things to do in Milwaukee including breathtaking parks, world-class nightlife, and an amazing culture surrounding the city in general. There is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy while spending time in Wisconsin during a Milwaukee summer. Planning this excursion with your sweetheart in mind? Read through this article to learn about all the city has to offer for couples looking for a getaway. Pack the bags, because this list will cover the most fun things to do in Wisconsin (and Milwaukee) for a summer vacation that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Milwaukee County Zoo

The Milwaukee County Zoo has earned accolades as one of the best zoos in the country. The zoo has more than 3,100 animals in residence, and much work has been done to create specialized habitats for these creatures. This family-friendly experience will be sure to provide an absolutely incredibly fun experience that can be enjoyed if traveling alone or, with the kids in tow. The zoo is divided into different exhibits to house an enormous variety of animals, including Primates of the World, the Aquatic and Reptile Center, Small Mammals, and much more. This zoo will certainly not disappoint and will offer an unforgettable experience getting close to both nature and the animals without having to travel outside Milwaukee.  The zoo also sponsors educational events throughout the year to teach guests of all ages about various animals and their behaviors.

Pro traveler tip: Traveling with kids? Be sure to take advantage of all the events the zoo hosts. Get a full listing of every activity that’s happening during your stay in Milwaukee from their event calendar.

Looking for some thrills while spending the day up close and personal with the animals of the world? Look no further than the Sky Adventure Ropes Courses & Zip Line. With a ropes course that contains an impressive 4 stories of cargo nets, zig-zag beams, and other ropes-related activities as well as a zipline that will fly you along the treetops while providing an unparalleled view of the zoo. This is a must-do activity while in Milwaukee and for only $27 for the combo it is going to be difficult to pass this adventure up.

First Stage Milwaukee

Since opening its doors in 1987, First Stage Milwaukee is a theater academy that produces free performances. Adding this to the list of places to go will be a fantastic addition to creating the most unforgettable Milwaukee summer. Being the second-largest theatre in all of Milwaukee world-class performances are held here regularly accompanied by a variety of plays ranging from the classics to modern plays of today. Performances being portrayed by the up-and-coming actors and actresses of today will undeniably leave the family at the edge of their seats. These shows are presented by students attending First Stage Summer Theater Academy. Students range from K4 to grade 12, and they are working to build confidence and creativity. The performances are held at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, as well as art centers in nearby Oconomowoc and Brookfield.

Pro traveler tip: Tickets sell out quickly. If you’re interested in attending a show, make sure to secure tickets in advance, and take advantage of special family packages and other deals.

Grab the family a set of tickets and have your mind blown away by the noteworthy performances that are performed by children and teenagers of all ages. Check out the First Stage Young Company. The theater’s award-winning high school training programs supply viewers and visitors alike with full-scale productions each season that are sure to guarantee to impress with the level of professionalism in the performances.

The Beach

Going to the beach may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “Milwaukee.” However, this city has 1,400 acres of beach and parkland. Bradford Beach is one of the best-known public beaches in the city. Lining Lake Michigan, this beach is as beautiful as it is fun. You can swim, play volleyball, rent a cabana, have a picnic and enjoy concessions at the park. Big Bay Beach is another Lake Michigan beach. Not only can you swim there, but you can also hike to a scenic overlook on the lake.

Pro traveler tip: There are a ton of restaurants near Bradford Beach. Plan your visit mid-afternoon, and grab dinner once everyone’s dried off. We love to suggest Pizza Man to families looking for something easy for the kids. They’ve also got a full bar for mom and dad.

Still searching for other ideas of things to do in Milwaukee? Check out this guide to learn more about all that there is to see and do in Milwaukee!

Milwaukee Art Museum

The Milwaukee Art Museum is a must-see for anyone with even a passing interest in art. Located in downtown Milwaukee, the museum proudly displays many permanent collections that include almost 25,000 pieces of art in various mediums, including textiles, sculpture, prints, paintings, drawings, and more. Temporary exhibitions rotate regularly, keeping the museum fresh and interesting. The museum also hosts events designed to enrich and enlighten people’s appreciation of art.

Pro traveler tip: MAM offers a bunch of resources and programs for kids. Be sure to take a look at what’s available for the little ones before you travel.

Looking for some guidance on choosing the perfect rental for your stay in Milwaukee? Check out this complete guide to picking your vacation rental in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee has several interesting neighborhoods. Depending on who you’re traveling with, this guide will help you decide on what part of town to find your rental in.

Milwaukee Awaits!

Spending some time in Milwaukee during the summer is both entertaining and educational. This city is a well-rounded, thriving metropolis that offers visitors and residents many opportunities for both indoor and outdoor activities. Ready to start planning your trip to Milwaukee today? Get over to VacationRenter and find the perfect rental for your trip!