The Milwaukee County parks system prides itself on providing recreation to residents of Milwaukee County. All over the city and county there is greenspace that has been renovated to include trails, boat docks, playgrounds, picnic areas, and covered shelters. The parks offer a place for families to gather, sports to be played, and the natural of beauty of this city by Lake Michigan to be enjoyed. One of the standout members of this park sysem is Veteran's Park in downtown Milwaukee. Situated dirctly on the shore of Lake Michigan, the park is busy on spring and summer weekends, and has also played host to various events throughout the years. When the Harley-Davidson motorcycle company hosted its 100th anniversary celebration, the festivities, including a performance by Elton John, was held in Veteran's Park.
Located on the park's south end is the Milwaukee Art Museum. Just a few steps away from the park and the museum are Discovery World children's museum, and the Henry Maier Fairgrounds, which is the site of Summerfest, Milwaukee's annual music festival, as well as multiple ethnic festivals throughout the summer. The north end of the park features a large marina with a lagoon lying between. Those sailing on Lake Michigan have a perfect view of Veteran's Park, and park goers have a mostly uninterrupted view of the lake. The lakefront may be Milwaukee's best feature.
Many of Milwaukee's most eclectic neighborhoods lie on the lake, and some are within walking distance of the park. There are organized boat tours that travel up and down the shoreline, most of which start in the Milwaukee River and sail out to the lake. Those who are looking for a decent walk around the lake can start at the south end of Veteran's park and follow the paths up to the marina. These walks may inspire people to practice fitness the views are so enticing. You can continue north away from the park to Bradford Beach. You can also find free parking at the beach and walk down to the park. One breezy spring afernoons, you will find a number of local residents flying kites. There is a kite stand in the park where you can find replacement parts and new kites.
Not only are kite enthusiasts and fitness walkers in the park, you will also find bikers, rollerbladers, and joggers. Many people pack a picnic lunch and relax in the grass by the lake. The area can be inspirational for local artists and on a calm day you may find a variety of people painting and sketching the lakefront views. Some even bring easels to the park, taking advantage of the natural surroundings.
Public restrooms can be found at the top of the hill where the veteran's memorial building is located. This is also a great place to cool off after a hot summer stroll. Take a few minutes to perfuse the awards and medals that are featured in the building's displays. Milwaukee's lakefront is one of the best features of Wisconsin. The next time you are in the area, take a stroll through Veteran's Park and enjoy the lake.