Milwaukee Pools, Splash Pads and Beaches | Summer 2021


In the Milwaukee Area, we have a ton of options for Water Play, from fantastic beaches that stretch along the coast of Lake Michigan to splash pads in neighborhoods all over the city and into the suburbs, plus really amazing pools. There are so many fun water play destinations out there, that it can be hard to even choose! So, I asked my friends to give me the low-down on their favorite pools, splash pads, and beaches.

Of course, while we navigate the summer through the persistence of COVID-19, different water play spots are making adjustments regarding opening and protocols to keep everyone safe. So, if you are like me, you will also be stocking up on water balloons, bubbles and popsicles and also investing in new sprinklers, splash pads and kiddie pools for the backyard (this one is already in my cart) and you’ll want to go into this summer with an extra dose of flexibility!

If you do head out to one of the public spots below, please make sure you are following any guidelines put out by the CDC and the state as well as that location. Finally, be sure you are being safe in the water by teaching kids strong swim techniques.

Milwaukee Area Pools, Splash Pads and Beaches


Milwaukee Area Pools

As every mom knows, taking kids to the pool can be an adventure in patience, vigilance and fortitude. It helps a lot if you find a pool the kids love where you also feel comfortable!

Fox Point Pool (7100 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point)

Opening on June 12, 2021! Open Swim Monday through Friday, 10 am – 8 pm and Weekends, 8 am to 8 pm.

Buchner Pool (223 Oakland Avenue, Waukesha)

Newly renovated and ready to reopen on June 11th! Buchnerfest will be held on June 12. The fest includes family-friendly activities celebrating the history of Buchner Park and an official grand opening.

Horeb Springs Aquatic Center (330 Spring Street, Waukesha)

Opening on June 11, 2021! 

Cool Waters in Greenfield Park (2028 S. 124th St., West Allis)

Planning is underway to reopen in Summer 2021: More info here

Pelican Cove in Kosciuszko Park (2201 S. 7th St., Milwaukee)

Planning is underway to reopen in Summer 2021: More info here

Pirates Hollow Waterpark (201 N. Webster St. Port Washington)

Opening in June 2021!

Tosa Pool at Hoyt Park (1800 N. Swan Blvd., Wauwatosa)

Opening Saturday, May 29th, 2021! Even my two year old can take on the slides at this wonderful family park.

David F. Schulz Aquatic Center in Lincoln Park (1301 W. Hampton Ave., Milwaukee)

Planning is underway to reopen in Summer 2021: More info here

Wiberg Aquatic Center at Wirth Park (2585 North Pilgrim Road, Brookfield)

Opening June 5, 2021!

Update as of June 17, 2021: 

223 Oakland Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186, USA
A family-friendly neighborhood pool with plenty of space and something for every generation: &nbs...
777 South Main Street, Hartford, WI 53027, USA
Lazy river, raft waterslide, body flume slide, diving boards (1M and 3M), shade systems, in-pool ...
1301 W Hampton Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53209
Interactive water park open only in summer offers a pool, slides, diving, a lazy river & sna...
5765 S New Berlin Rd, Hales Corners, Milwaukee, WI, USA
The Hales Corners Park Pool is a 50-yard, deep-water pool with swim lanes, a diving wel...
2500 15th Ave, South Milwaukee, WI, USA
Grobschmidt Pool features diving boards. Open mid-June through mid-August.
5151 S 6th St, Milwaukee, WI, USA
Holler Park Pool is a small, heated swimming pool. Open mid-June through mid-August.
3500 W Forest Home Ave, Milwaukee, WI, USA
Jackson Park Pool is a large, figure-eight shape pool with diving boards. No lap swim lanes are a...
2657 S 79th St, Milwaukee, WI, USA
McCarty Park Pool is a traditional, deep-well pool with a giant water slide. Open mid-J...
4800 S Lake Dr, Cudahy, Milwaukee, WI, USA
Sherdian Park Pool features a large swimming pool, flume slides, a water mushroom and a wading po...
4001 S 20th St, Milwaukee, WI, USA
Wilson Park Pool is a heated, 50-meter, deep-well pool with a separate dive pool. Wilson is ideal...
1859 N 40th St, Milwaukee, WI, USA
(414) 344-5400(414) 344-5400
Washington Park Pool is perfect for a pool party and includes a grassy area with a bit of sh...
1111 West Washington Street, West Bend, WI 53095, USA
At our West Washington Branch you’ll find a bustling hub of activities and excitement! We o...
465 Northwoods Rd, Port Washington, WI 53074, USA
Community-focused nonprofit established in 1844 with recreational programs & services for all...
W68N851 Evergreen Blvd, Cedarburg, WI 53012, USA
Community pool with a zero depth area, sand play zone, slides, and lap swimming. Conveniently loc...
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Milwaukee Area Splash Pads

One of my favorite things about splash pads is the way my three-year-old squeals with delight at the water spurts. They keep her cool and entertained, and I’m confident enough to bring three kids under six to one by myself. Best of all, most of them are FREE!

Lake Country Rotary Splash Pad in Nixon Park (175 E. Park Ave, Hartland)

Opening Memorial Day Weekend! Check HERE for any new regulations and tips

Hickory Park Splash Pad (N165 W20290 Hickory Lane, Jackson)

Summer 2021: PLANNING TO BE OPEN! Opening date is TBD. Be sure to check ahead of time for new guidelines for groups

Sprayground (N104 W14942 Donges Bay Road, Germantown)

Opening soon for Summer 2021!

Kinderberg park has it all–a playground, baseball diamonds, a rentable shelter, soccer fields, tennis courts, and yes, a splash pad.

Liberty Heights Wading Pool (1540 S 67th St, West Allis)

Opening for Summer 2021!

Hart Park Playground and Splash Pad (7300 W Chestnut St., Wauwatosa)

Summer 2021 Update: The playground and splash pad are planning to open this summer!

Gordon Park Splash Pad (1321 E Locust St, Milwaukee)

Many other splash pads at Milwaukee area parks are also popular faves. Check the county website for a listing of hours and information. Call (414) 257-8098 for open/closed info. 

UPDATE: June 11, 2021

Nine splash pads & wading pools will open from 11am-3pm. starting Saturday June 12. More scheduled to open starting June 19.

UPDATE: June 19, 2021

Nine more splash pads & wading pools opening on June 19th.

1301 W Hampton Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53209
Interactive water park open only in summer offers a pool, slides, diving, a lazy river & sna...
361 West Town Square Way, Oak Creek, WI 53154, USA
The splash pad can be found on the west side of the Drexel Town Square, north of the Civic Center...
175 E Park Ave, Hartland, WI 53029, USA
Kids’ seasonal outdoor spray park with water play equipment & sprinklers atop a flat co...
N106W15060 Buckthorn Dr, Germantown, WI 53022, USA
Kinderberg (Children’s Hill) Park is a 23-acre neighborhood park.  The Park is home to many ...
N165W20330 Hickory Ln, Jackson, WI 53037, USA
(262) 677-9665(262) 677-9665
This **fenced-in** Splash Pad is located just outside the Jackson Community Center, and adjacent ...
7201 W State St, Wauwatosa, WI 53213, USA
The TOSA Pool at Hoyt Park is an outdoor community pool located in Hoyt Park in Wauwatosa. Featur...
5800 N Bayshore Dr, Glendale, WI 53217, USA
Located within the center of Bayshore Town Centre, the splash pad makes the perfect pit stop whil...
1859 North 40th Street, Milwaukee, WI, USA
Part of the Milwaukee County Parks System, Washington Park features a splash pad to cool off on t...
9890 West Glendale Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI, USA
Part of the Milwaukee County Parks system, Glendale Park features a splash pad to cool down on ho...
1321 East Locust Street, Milwaukee, WI, USA
Part of the Milwaukee County Parks System, Gordon Park features a splash pad to cool off on hot s...
6901 W Vienna Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53216
Part of the Milwaukee County Park system, this park features a splash pad to cool off on hot summ...
2330 West Vieau Place, Milwaukee, WI, USA
Part of the Milwaukee County Park system, Clark Square features a splash pad to cool off on hot s...
Part of the Milwaukee County Parks system, Carver Park has a sandy playground area (bring your bu...
800 N Main St, West Bend, WI 53090, USA
Park with trails, sports facilities & play areas, plus a summer swimming pond & winter ic...
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Milwaukee Area Beaches

Lake Michigan has over 1600 miles of shoreline. Seriously. Sure, we have to share some of it with our neighbors, but that means that Milwaukeeans are lucky to have some prime places to play right here where we live! In addition to the numerous beaches along Lake Michigan, there are plenty of fantastic beaches to enjoy in County Parks and other areas all over the place.

Bradford Beach (2400 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee)

This perennial favorite on the shores of Lake Michigan is popular for a reason. Be sure to stop by the Moosa’s Custard Stand!

Summer 2021 Update: Bradford Beach will be open! Please observe CDC Guidelines and be advised that NO LIFEGUARDS WILL BE ON DUTY.

North Beach (Racine)

An open, sandy escape on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Summer 2021 Update: City of Racine beaches are open for use with CDC guidelines in place. For more information on the status of COVID-19 in Racine, click here.

Kohler-Andrae State Park (1020 Beach Park Lane, Sheboygan)

This one is a bit of a drive, but is so great that the Travel Channel named it one of the top 10 beaches in the Midwest.

Summer 2021 Update: As of May 21, 2021, playgrounds and observation towers are open. Office buildings, visitor centers, enclosed shelters and nature centers remain closed until further notice. 

FoxBrook Park Beach (2925 N Barker Road, Brookfield)

Summer 2021 Update: Beach swimming season updates will open on May 28, 2021. Stay up to date with all Waukesha County Park updates HERE.

Atwater Beach (4000 Lake Drive, Shorewood)

Ready to Open for Summer 2021!

South Beach (Port Washington)

Plug “South Beach” into your GPS and it will take you right to the parking lot of this unique gem of a beach with far more rocks than sand. It’s super teeny, but is rarely crowded. Definitely go hunting for sea glass with the kids!

Other Milwaukee County parks with beaches:

  • Bender, 4503 E. Ryan Road in Oak Creek.
  • Tietjen (Doctors Park), 1870 E. Fox Lane in Fox Point
  • Grant, 100 S. Hawthorne Ave., in South Milwaukee, which has a playground, sandbox, picnic area and a hiking trail.
  • McKinley, 1750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, in Milwaukee.
  • South Shore, 2900 S. Superior St., in Milwaukee, which offers concessions.

**Be safe when you swim! Be sure to check the conditions before heading to the beach at

Located in Waukesha County?

Our top pick is Minooka Park where you can enjoy swimming complete with a beach, frequent stops by the traveling Beer Garden, plus there are tons of hiking trails and an incredible Dog Park!

CLICK HERE for updates on all the Waukesha County Swimming Beaches! 

W325 S9945 County Highway LO, Mukwonago, WI 53149
Mukwonago Park is nestled in the southwest quarter of Waukesha County approximately three miles w...
W220 N7884 Town Line Rd, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051, USA
Located within the Villages of Menomonee Falls and Lannon, Menomonee Park is filled with a histor...
2925 North Barker Road, Brookfield, WI 53045, USA
result of the gravel pit operation and is approximately 30 feet at the deepest point. Families ca...
4920 W Green Brook Dr, Brown Deer, WI 53223
The Brown Deer Pond is a one acre, chlorinated swimming facility with sand beach located at the V...
1501 Lake Michigan Pathway, Racine, WI 53403, USA
This beach park on Lake Michigan offers open sandy areas & a quiet, family-friendly atmosphere.
500 N Lake St Port, Port Washington, WI 53074, USA
Upper Lake Park In the City of Port Washington is known for its spectacular, unobstructed views o...
531 Co Rd D, Belgium, WI 53004, USA
Harrington Beach State Park has more than a mile of beach along Lake Michigan. This 715-acre park...
511 High Bluff Dr, Grafton, WI 53024, USA
Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve is a 73-acre public park located in Ozaukee County, Wiscon...
222 West Wisconsin Avenue, Pewaukee, WI, USA
Swim the lake from the sandy beach at Lakefront Park at Pewaukee Lake. Find eateries, refreshing ...
715 Broughton Dr, Sheboygan, WI 53081, USA
Short walk to the beach and lighthouse. There’s pavilions, restrooms, tables, and a really ...
1927 E. Sunset Drive Waukesha, WI 53186
Minooka Park is the largest park in the Waukesha County Park System with a total of 579 acres. Mi...
800 N Main St, West Bend, WI 53090, USA
Park with trails, sports facilities & play areas, plus a summer swimming pond & winter ic...
S Beach Rd Wisconsin Port Washington, WI 53074
This is a smaller beach located on the south end of Port Washington. This beach has been des...
2900 S Shore Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53207, USA
Park on Lake Michigan with a beach, a beer garden, a playground & views of downtown. The newl...
1750 N Lincoln Memorial Dr, Milwaukee, WI, USA
(414) 257-7230(414) 257-7230
Just south of Bradford Beach, this smaller beach is much less crowded and caters more to families...
Shore Drive, Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
Klode Park features picnic areas, tennis courts, a community-built playground, warming house with...
100 Hawthorne Ave, South Milwaukee, WI 53172, USA
Lakefront park with a beach, 18-hole golf course & hiking trails winding through woods & ...
1870 E Fox Ln, Fox Point, WI 53217
Remote beach area on the lakefront with wild & paved trails from the bluff parking lot to the...
2400 N Lincoln Memorial Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53211, USA
Large public beach featuring yoga & crossfit classes, cabana rentals & beach volleyball c...
N Lake Dr, Shorewood, WI 53211, USA
This 5-acre open space features a sandy beach, public art, a playground & scenic lake views.
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