After a winter spent hibernating from the cold, many Wisconsinites are itching to get outdoors. As the weather warms up, there are plenty of local activities to keep you busy. Here are 10 to try this year, bearing in mind appropriate safety measures and precautions in line with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) guidance.
Take a bike ride on the Oak Leaf Trail
With more than 125 miles of trail around Milwaukee County, the Oak Leaf Trail is the perfect place for a bike ride. The trail is mostly smooth asphalt and is clearly marked, making it easy to cycle through the Milwaukee Metro area.
De-stress at the Boerner Botanical Gardens
Take a leisurely stroll through the 12 formal gardens at the Boerner Botanical Gardens. Here, you’ll find a rose garden, shrub mall, annual garden, herb garden and more. You can also tour the trial garden, featuring more than 500 new varieties of plants being tested for their suitability in the Great Lakes region.
Explore the Milwaukee Urban Water Trail
Take a kayak or canoe down the Milwaukee Urban Water Trail, which includes the Milwaukee River, Menomonee River and Kinnickinnic River. Don’t have a boat? You can rent one from the Milwaukee Kayak Company or the Urban Ecology Center.
Shop a local farmers market
Get the freshest in-season produce at your local farmers market. You’ll also find plenty of other local treats including meat, cheese, fresh pastries, jams & jellies and much more. Make a day of it and buy items that you can use to make a picnic lunch later in the afternoon.
Pick berries at a local farm
Strawberry season begins in June so bring your family to a local farm to pick berries. You can eat the berries raw or freeze them for later use.
Hike the Kettle Moraine State Forest trails
About 25 miles west of Milwaukee, you’ll find the Kettle Moraine State Forest – Lapham Peak trails. The 17 miles of loop trails vary in difficulty and provide stunning views of the surrounding area, prairie restoration sites and a butterfly garden.
Go whitewater rafting
Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced rafter, Wisconsin rivers have plenty to offer. Although navigating around rocks and other obstacles is thrilling, there are also less demanding outings that will allow for a more leisurely outing.
Play a round of golf
Hit up one of the Milwaukee County Parks golf courses for a round of golf. With 14 courses to choose from, there is something for every ability from beginner to pro. Book a tee time online: http://mke.golf/
Fly a kite at the Lakefront
Windy day? No problem! Now’s the time to pull out your brightest kite and take it for a spin on the Lakefront. If you don’t have a kite, check out Gift of Wings at Veteran’s Park and find kites in an assortment of sizes, shapes and colors.
Try stand-up paddleboarding
There are several places around Southeastern Wisconsin where you can rent a paddleboard and/or take lessons. There’s some technique required – it takes strong core muscles to be able to fully stand up and paddle into the sunset!
Stay healthy throughout the summer season
If you need tips to stay healthy during the warm weather months, talk to your personal doctor. To find a personal doctor near you, talk to your health insurance provider.