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There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.

Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!
Boerner Botanical Gardens
Boerner Botanical Gardens

9400 Boerner Dr
Hales Corners, WI 53130   Directions

(414) 525-5600

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Visit the Boerner Botanical Gardens from late April to early November. The internationally renown horticultural center offers eleven specialty outdoor gardens, including the cutting edge Trial Garden which features newly developed plant varieties not publicly available anywhere else. Take a tour and admire the beautiful arrangement integration of architecture and sculptures among the plant life.

Bradford Beach
Bradford Beach

2400 N Lincoln Memorial Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53211   Directions

(414) 257-7275

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Break out your bathing suits and head to popular Bradford Beach during the warm months. Located along the Lake Michigan shoreline, this beach is just north of downtown Milwaukee. Try your hand at windsurfing or kitesurfing. If the water is too cold for you, join in a game of beach volleyball or sand rugby. This beach attraction is a little oasis in an urban landscape!

Henry Maier Festival Park
Henry Maier Festival Park

200 N Harbor Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53202   Directions

(414) 273-3378

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Kettle Moraine State Forest
Kettle Moraine State Forest

N1765 Hwy G
Campbellsport, WI 53010   Directions

(262) 626-2116

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The Kettle Moraine State Forest consists of northern and southern units that frame Milwaukee. The Northern Unit is less than an hour's drive away from the city and features several biking and hiking trails (including part of the famous Ice Age Trail), campgrounds and fishing and hunting sites.

Lake Park
Lake Park

2975 N Lake Park Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53202   Directions

(414) 257-7275

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Located on the last remaining prehistoric Indian Mound in the city, Lake Park is a 138-acre oasis of greenery within the urban landscape. Just north of the Milwaukee Art Museum, this park is home to a lighthouse, several trails and paths, tennis courts, a golf course and a playground. Enjoy the fresh air, beautiful outdoors, and free concerts during the summer.

Lynden Sculpture Garden
Lynden Sculpture Garden

2145 W Brown Deer Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53217   Directions

(414) 446-8794

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Admire the 50 plus sculpture collection spread throughout the 40 acres of the Lynden Sculpture Garden's park, lake and woodland. The monumental, abstract and colorful statues are part of the Garden's permanent collection. View traveling exhibitions as well, and admire the wonderful mesh of art, sculpture and the environment.

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

524 S Layton Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53215   Directions

(414) 257-5611

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Experience a tropical jungle, a desert oasis and a special floral garden all in one afternoon at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory. Also known as "The Domes," this attraction features a huge collection of exotic and local plantlife within its three domed conservatories and garden. Stop by after sundown for a spectacular evening light show.

Urban Ecology Center
Urban Ecology Center

1500 E Park Pl
Milwaukee, WI 53211   Directions

(414) 964-8505

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Engage in hands-on learning about science, nature and sustainable living at the Urban Ecology Center. The center has two outdoor "laboratories," located in two urban parks, which feature 15 acres of woodland, a lagoon and riparian habitat on the east bank of the Milwaukee River. The parks also house a habitat-themed playground, as well as seasonal swimming, boating and skating.

Veteran's Park
Veteran's Park

1010 N Lincoln Memorial Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53202   Directions

(414) 257-7275

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Located near Discovery World, Veteran's Park contains several opportunities for outdoor fun, like running and biking trails, a lagoon with fishing opportunities, and a duck pond. Whether you want to go fly a kite or take a paddleboat out, there is something for everyone at this tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of its neighboring streets.

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