In the winter, with lakes frozen over in Wisconsin, outdoor ice skating takes place. Milwaukee County Parks presents ice-skating at outdoor rinks, and many have warming houses. Additionally, Slice of Ice in Red Arrow Park has a refrigerated rink. Many more outdoor rinks can be found; however availability depends on the weather. Indoor public skating is offered at the Pettit National Ice Center. They also have such special events as a "Taste of Hockey" for children 5 to 15.
Cross-country skiing is offered on part of an Ice Age trail at Kettle Moraine State Forest. In the summer, one can horseback ride within the park.
Grab a sled or toboggan for winter fun at Whitehall Park, which features a special toboggan run. The park is located at South 92nd Street between Grange and College Avenues, close to the Botanical Gardens. Sledders can warm up at the clubhouse, and refreshments can be purchased. Brown Deer Park and St. Mary's Hill are other popular areas for sledding.
Try indoor mountain biking at Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike Park for a fun and challenging time. Beginners through advanced will delight in this place to ride inside a 3 acre building. Additionally, many opportunities and trails for outdoor biking are found in Milwaukee, and the Milwaukee River Bike Trail is especially popular; only 3 miles long, it is a wonderful way to sightsee and exercise. It begins near the east side of the river at Riverside Park.
Hiking and Walking
Kettle Moraine State Forest provides awesome fall colors and wonderful trails. Breathtaking scenery makes this a great getaway within the city. Grant Park's Seven Bridges Trail and Hank Aaron State Trail are other areas that draw hikers and walkers.
Kayak down the Milwaukee River as part of the Milwaukee Urban Water Trail, a trail of 35 miles for canoes and kayaks. Along the way one might spot herons, egrets, kingfishers, mallards, deer or other wildlife. It also passes Lakefront Brewery Pier within the city.
Otherwise, learn to sail at the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center, which offers sailing lessons in summer and winter. Group outings aboard their boats can also be arranged.
Swimming and Sunbathing
When summer approaches, Bradford Beach, on the shores of Lake Michigan, beckons to swimmers and boaters, as well as sunbathers. Volleyball courts on the beach provide excitement, as experienced locals get their game on.