As Wisconsin’s biggest city, Milwaukee is overflowing with things to do and places to go. Now that summer is in full swing it’s time to take advantage of the sunshine and explore. Whether you want to take in the sights of Lake Michigan, go to a museum or check out the animals at a zoo, Milwaukee won’t disappoint. Some great family-friendly activities in MIlwaukee include: 

Milwaukee Public Museum 

The biggest natural history museum in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Public Museum offers a day of fun for the whole family. Walk through The Streets of Old Milwaukee, see dinosaurs in The Third Planet, take a stroll through a replica of a Costa Rican rainforest, and experience the two story Butterfly Wing. 

Milwaukee County Zoo 

Hop on the carousel, catch the Birds of Prey show, take a ride on the Safari Train or Sky Safari, feed the goats and see over 3,100 animals. 

Discovery World 

On the shore of Lake Michigan, Discovery World Science and Technology Center has something for everyone. Enjoy Les Paul’s House of Sound, become a Virtual Explorer in the new virtual reality exhibit, walk through the Reiman Aquarium and more.

Betty Brinn Children’s Museum

Betty Brinn Children’s Museum focuses on providing interactive, educational experiences designed for children 10 and under. Children can publish a blog in the corner office, repair cars in the Super Service Center and learn about space travel in Time Warps and Travels exhibit. 

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

Visit Milwaukee’s Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, aka The Domes, to escape the weather and walk into a whole new world. Explore different terrains and climates in The Desert Dome, The Tropical Dome and The Show Dome.

Boerner Botanical Gardens 

Boerner Botanical Gardens provides walking paths, water gardens and a variety of herbs, flowers and plants in their 1,000 acre arboretum. Stop by for Concerts in the Garden, guided garden walks, Children’s Craft and Storytime and much more. 

First Stage Children’s Theater

Kick back, relax and catch a show at First Stage Children’s Theater where you can experience classic and modern plays geared toward children.  

The RiverWalk

See the sights and take a stroll down Milwaukee’s RiverWalk, a 20 block pedestrian promenade beside the river. Stop by on a Wednesday for the River Rhythms Summer Music Series and enjoy some tunes and local food and beverages. 

Wisconsin State Fair

Head over to the Wisconsin State Fair in August for music, animals, street entertainers, carnival rides, games and over 800 different food and beverage options. 

Safe House

Stop by the Safe House, a spy-themed speakeasy hidden in an alley near the river. Present the password to prove you’re not a double agent and then head in for delicious food and unique decor. 

However you decide to spend your time in Milwaukee, you’ll be sure to have fun. Enjoy time with family in the summer weather and take in the sights!