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My Five Summer "Must-do's" in Milwaukee


It's already the middle of July, and I can't help but feel that Summer is moving by too quickly. Here are five things I want to make sure I do with my kids before the crisp Fall air moves in.

1. Visit a beer garden.

The Milwaukee area is home to five unique beer gardens, and yes, they are family-friendly. The well-established beer garden in Estabrook Park and the newly-opened one in Humboldt Park are both near playgrounds and frequented by families. I really want to take in this classic Milwaukee pasttime with my family before the Summer ends.

2. Enjoy a free outdoor concert.

I feel lucky to live in a city that offers free live music every night of the week in the summer. And yet, the only free concert series I've attended this year is Chill on the Hill (which is right outside my door). Before September comes a-knocking, I want to check out Wonderful Wednesdays in Lake Park (especially geared towards kids), River Rythyms in Pere Marquette Park and Concert in the Gardens at Boerner Botanical Gardens.

3. Live history.

I'm kind of a history nerd, and a visit to Old World Wisconsin always has me longing for simpler times (until I realize I probably would have already died of dysentery). Milwaukee is home to three living history museums, Old World Wisconsin, Pioneer Village, and Trimborn Farm. Since they are mostly outside, I definitely want to get my visits in while the weather is still warm.

The current exhibit at Old World Wisconsin is "The World of Little House," where you can churn butter, make ice cream, learn to sew, play old-fashioned games like tug-of-war and cat's cradle, and help pick wool. Old World Wisconsin also featured vintage baseball games with authentic costumes and 1800's era rules.

4. Pick some berries. (And veggies.)

Strawberry season is pretty much over, but what could be more fun than heading to a farm to pick some fresh raspberries or sugar snap peas? Here are some places to go to pick your own produce.

5. Get outta Dodge. (Or in this case, Milwaukee.)

Even though Summer is busy, the rest of the year is even busier. If we ever want to take a day trip to some of the many nearby attractions, now is the time. I put together a list of Day Trips within a few hours of Milwaukee. Some of the places I definitely want to visit with my young kids are Bookwork Gardens in Sheboygan, the East Troy Electric Railroad, and Holy Hill.

What are your Summer "must-do's"? Sound off below.


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