The Milwaukee Guide to Summer


Summer in Wisconsin has officially arrived and this is your Ultimate Guide to Summer in Milwaukee. Yes, we know COVID-19 has drastically changed the world, but we have got you covered with what’s reopening, what’s been rescheduled, and tons of outdoor fun!

Everything from drive in movie theaters to the best places for ice cream. Alternative ways to celebrate your favorite festivals and what festivals you can still attend. Road trips, at home activities, and so much more is on the way this summer!

Pin it now and use it all Summer long and be sure to share it with your friends. Let’s all enjoy these warm Summer months to their fullest! This year’s Milwaukee Guide to Summer is sponsored by Old World Wisconsin

How to use this guide:

Each image leads to either a full guide, a list of local spots, or to an article with details on a summer outing or activity for you or your kids. Click on each image to find more info.

COVID-19 Disclosure:

Please be aware that we are still dealing with rapidly changing situations in light of COVID-19 as some activities resume and there are a variety of protocols in place. Please consult your local public health authority and call ahead or check websites to confirm hours and offerings of any business listed.  

Featured Summer Attraction: Old World Wisconsin

Old World WI - summer bucket list

Take a refreshing step outside the 21st century as you go on a time travel adventure this summer at Old World Wisconsin!

OLD WORLD WISCONSIN | W372 S9727 Hwy 67, Eagle

Thursday-Sunday, June 17-Aug. 29 & Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 4-Oct. 10

Unplug and experience firsthand the daily life of Wisconsin’s early immigrants. Old World Wisconsin includes 60 beautifully restored historic structures on over 600 acres of picturesque landscapes. The day will be fun, engaging, enriching, and authentic, as guests encounter history by exploring sensory-rich spaces and stories. Each area at Old World Wisconsin showcases different stories. As guests travel through time from the 1840s to the 1910s, they will find historic spaces to explore, gardens and trails to wander through, and costumed staff ready to share history.

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Guides for Area Activities, Attractions and Fun

MKE summer bucket list
Summer camps in Milwaukee area
Milwaukee area drive-in theater
farmers market in milwaukee area
Pools, splash pads and beaches
Milwaukee beer gardens
Milwaukee Festivals
kid friendly activities in milwaukee
patio and rooftop dining
berry picking
swimming lessons
ice cream and frozen custard in milwaukee
juneteetnth day
MKE favorite parks
summer outdoor music in Milwaukee

Explore the Great Outdoors

geocaching in milwaukee

Stay at Home Summer Fun


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