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50 Ways to Beat Summer Boredom in Southeast Wisconsin

Heather Roden is a real estate agent and part of The Roden/Lindauer Team in Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Mequon office. Heather will periodically be sharing with Metro Milwaukee Living some fantastic and fun ideas for “staycations” around Southeast Wisconsin. Today, she shares 50 ways to beat summer boredom.

“I’m bored!” “There’s nothing to do!” Sound familiar this time of year? If you’ve decided to “staycation” in your home town, there are several things to do in the Milwaukee area! Here is a list of fifty things to do that my family and friends have enjoyed throughout the years. Feel free to save this list in your email or phone for easy access; or print this out and hang it on the fridge; and when you “have nothing to do” or the kids “are SO bored,” simply refer to this list! And…you don’t have to take out a loan to enjoy any of it!

1. Milwaukee is famous for their summer festivals. Click here to learn more about Milwaukee’s free summer music series.

2.  Sprecher Brewery Tour: Not just beer! 

3.  Get back to the basics:  Enjoy a sprinkler, slip n’ slide, game of crochet, four square, hop-scotch, or bean bag toss in your backyard!

4.  Milwaukee River or Lake Michigan Boat Tours:  There are many to choose from, here are a few:  The Edelweiss, The Milwaukee Boat Line and the Riverwalk Boat Tours.

 5.  Milwaukee Art Museum.

 6.  Discovery World.

7.  Betty Brinn Children’s Museum.

8. Milwaukee Public Museum & Imax Theatre.

9. Harley Davidson Museum.

10.  Don’t forget the beach!  See our prior blog post!

11.  Tour the Pabst Mansion.

12.  Mitchell Park Domes.

13.  Bike, walk or skate some of our great trails: Oak Leaf Trail, Inner Urban TrailGlacial Drumlin State Trail.

14.  Cool Waters in Greenfield Park, fun for everyone.

15.  Hiking at any state park. Many are extra hilly and fun to walk; have look-out towers; etc. Pike Lake in Hartford is one of our favorites – there is also a nice beach and park.

16.  Go see Holy Hill: Always beautiful, and a great drive! 

17.  Visit downtown Cedarburg:  If you have kids, The Gem Shop is especially fun and interesting for them!  Cedarburg has something for everyone. And don’t forget to take a Cedar Creek Winery Tour.

18.  Catch a Brewers Game!

19.  Hike in Kettle Moraine:  You wouldn’t believe how close the country really is! 

20.  Jazz in the Park: Downtown Milwaukee (Thursday evenings).

21.  River Rhythms: Downtown Milwaukee (Wednesday evenings).

22.  Shop Bayshore Town Center: Grab some lunch and watch the kids play in the outdoor water fountain in Town Square! Check out their calendar of events; they have everything from beer festivals to yoga, children’s discounted Ipic movies to dueling pianos.

23. While we’re on the topic of Bayshore, if you haven’t been to Ipic, you’re missing out.

24. Visit Downtown Port Washington. Have a casual lunch near the water at Newport Shores.

25.  Go horseback riding. There are several stables in our area that offer trail riding. 

26. Visit the historic East Side of Milwaukee. Plenty of outdoor dining, drinking and people watching! They have a Bloody-Mary festival in September that is excellent.

27. Try the Safehouse Downtown, and take your kids for lunch. Don’t tell them the password and do the scavenger hunt.

28.  Schlitz-Audubon Center in Bayside is great: Hiking trails, ponds, beach and a 60-foot tower.

29.  Go miniature golfing, or get out and golf nine or 18 holes. The area has several well-known, challenging golf courses!

30.  Hit Fun World in Brookfield.

31.  If you haven’t taken the kids, nieces, nephews or grandkids to Monkey Joe’s yet, you’re missing out.

32.  Have you been to the new Dave & Busters yet? If you have kids, try visiting mid-afternoon and grab a soda and just play.

33.  Been skating lately? Check out Skateland and see their event schedule. 

34. Take a drive on some local rustic roads: There are several in our area, and they are very scenic. Rent a convertible for the day to really take the experience in.

35.  Stonefire Pizza. It’s a great place for kids and adults! Ride bumper cars, play video games and eat fabulous food!

36.  Visit Veterans Park: Located in Downtown Milwaukee, this park has everything! You can rent kites, paddle boats, surrey bikes, rollerblades, Segways and more! Grab an icy drink and have lunch at Alterra at the lakefront or North Point Custard.      

37.  Don’t forget about our famous zoo

38.  Have small children you want to take out? Spend the day at Bay Beach Amusement Park in Green Bay. It’s extremely affordable; ride tickets are 25 cents and each ride only takes one or two tickets! If you don’t know about Bay Beach, check it out here

39.   Let’s not forget Six Flags.

40.  There are a few great indoor water parks in our area: Great for winter and also great for a rainy day!  County Springs Water Park Timber Ridge Resort in Lake Geneva,  Key Lime Cove in Gurnee.

41.  Drive-in movie theater, yes DRIVE-IN!  Located in Pleasant Prairie, only 40 minutes south of Downtown Milwaukee.

42. Visit Lake Geneva! It’s a great place to play.

43. Cave of the Mounds. Approximately two hours from Milwaukee.

44.  The House on the Rock. Approximately two hours & 15 minutes from Milwaukee.

45.  Old World Wisconsin. Located approximately 50 minutes from Milwaukee.

46.  Bristol Renaissance Faire. Approximately 50 minutes from Milwaukee.

47.  Visit Elkhart Lake.  Check out their website.  Just over an hour from Milwaukee. 

48. Visit Green Lake. Approximately two hours from Milwaukee.

49.  Visit our state capitol. Click here for more info.

50.  If you want to get away for a night or two and are on a budget, check out Priceline.com; you can “name your price” by bidding and get amazing deals! We have used it several times; recently, we saw Denis Leary at the Riverside, and stayed in Downtown Milwaukee at The Hilton Hotel for only $50! 

Feel free to add to this list and please share with the rest of us!

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