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The ice formations along Lake Michigan are absolutely gorgeous this year! Here are the five best places to see them:
1. Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
1111 E Brown Deer Rd, Bayside, WI 53217
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Start at the nature center and head down to the lake to see impressive ice formations. Or, stick to the snowy trails and forests. Schlitz Audubon Nature Centeris now taking trail reservations on their website.
2. Doctors Park
1870 E Fox Ln, Fox Point, WI 53217
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Park in the main lot by the playground, and take the path on the east side of the lot leading down to the beach. It’s all downhill and tree-covered on the way there, and you’re rewarded with beautiful rocks, driftwood, and amazing ice formations at Tietjen beach. Fair warning: it’s gets *really* cold by the water. Wear layers!
3. Atwater Park
4000 N Lake Dr, Shorewood, WI 53211
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Warm up at the playground, and say hello to the thinking man statue. Careful taking the impressive, steep staircase down to the beach! You’ll be rewarded with gorgeous ice formations.
4. Bradford Beach
2400 N Lincoln Memorial Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Milwaukee’s most well-known beach is home to some of the most beautiful wintry scenes.
5. Seven Bridges Trail
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Set along the shores of Lake Michigan, the babbling brooks, lannon stone paths, foot bridges, and huge beech trees makes it feel like an enchanted winter wonderland.
The trail starts at the Covered Bridge entrance. Find it by entering off of Lake Drive. The main loop will take you down to the beach and back, and is just half a mile total. To access it, find the stairway to the left of the Covered Bridge entrance, and take the stairs down.
You can follow the path all the way to the lakefront.