After what often feels like a never-ending winter, it can seem that summer will never arrive! But as soon as it does, I just can’t wait to get my kiddos into the water! In the Milwaukee Area, we have a ton of options for Water Play, from fantastic beaches that stretch along the coast of Lake Michigan to splash pads in neighborhoods all over the city and into the suburbs, plus really amazing pools. Of course, make sure you are being safe in the water by teaching kids strong swim techniques and remembering to lather on that sunscreen when the sun is blazing down!
Milwaukee Area Pools, Splash Pads and Beaches
There are so many fun water play destinations out there, that it can be hard to even choose! So, I asked my friends to give me the low-down on their favorite pools, splash pads, and beaches. Here they are, in no particular order:
One of my favorite things about splash pads is the way my two-year-old squeals with delight at the water spurts. They keep him cool and entertained, and I’m confident enough to bring two kids under three to one by myself. Best of all, most of them are FREE!
Lake Country Rotary Splash Pad in Nixon Park (175 E. Park Ave, Hartland)
Waukesha County’s only splash pad is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 10:00am-7:00pm.
Hickory Park Splash Pad (N165 W20290 Hickory Lane, Jackson)
Sprayground (N104 W14942 Donges Bay Road, Germantown)
Kinderberg park has it all–a playground, baseball diamonds, a rentable shelter, soccer fields, tennis courts, and yes, a splash pad.
Bayshore Town Center Splash Pad (5800 N. Bayshore Dr., Glendale)
This splash pad is located right in front of the band shell, and in the center of everything, Perfect for families with tweens who want to hit the mall or a movie on their own while the little ones play.
Liberty Heights Wading Pool (1540 S 67th St, West Allis)
Open Monday thru Friday beginning June 11th (closed July 4th). Pool hours 10 am – 12 pm, 1 pm – 4 pm and 5 pm – 7 pm.
Hart Park Playground and Splash Pad (7300 W Chestnut St., Wauwatosa)
Gordon Park Splash Pad (1321 E Locust St, Milwaukee)
Many other splash pads at Milwaukee area parks will be opening up mid-June. Hours are 11 am – 5 pm, unless otherwise noted. Call (414) 257-8098 for open/closed info.
- Carver, 911 W. Brown St.
- Clarke Square, 2330 W. Vieau Place
- Dineen, 6901 W. Vienna Ave.
- Lindbergh, 3629 N. 16th St.
- Madison, 9890 W. Glendale Ave.
- Washington, 1859 N. 40th St. *splash pad hours coincide with pool hours
Fox Point Pool (7100 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point)
Okay, yes, I live in Fox Point, so this is easy for me, but I had to put it on the list because Miss Cupcake even added a satellite location at the pool. Kids get to swim and I get a cupcake. Win Win.
Buchner Pool (223 Oakland Avenue, Waukesha)
Horeb Springs Aquatic Center (330 Spring Street, Waukesha)
Be prepared — their big water slides come with an extra fee if you don’t have the summer pass, but they’re so worth it!
Cool Waters in Greenfield Park (2028 S. 124th St., West Allis)
If your kids, like mine, are skinny littles who get cold easily in the early summer, you’ll love this zero-depth, heated pool and water slides for all ages!
Pelican Cove in Kosciuszko Park (2201 S. 7th St., Milwaukee)
Pirates Hollow Waterpark (201 N. Webster St. Port Washington)
North of downtown? No problem! This family-friendly park in Port Washington offers a pool, slide, and splash geysers.
Tosa Pool at Hoyt Park (1800 N. Swan Blvd., Wauwatosa)
Even my two year old can take on the slides at this wonderful family park.
David F. Schulz Aquatic Center in Lincoln Park (1301 W. Hampton Ave., Milwaukee)
Waterslides, Lazy River, spray jets and so much more! Check the page to see when it will open.
Wiberg Aquatic Center at Wirth Park (2585 North Pilgrim Road, Brookfield)
Lake Michigan has over 1600 miles of shoreline. Seriously. Sure, we have to share some of it with our neighbors, but that means that Milwaukeeans are lucky to have some prime places to play right here where we live!
Bradford Beach (2400 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee)
This perennial favorite on the shores of Lake Michigan is popular for a reason. Be sure to stop by the Northpoint Custard Stand!
North Beach (Racine)
An open, sandy escape on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Kohler-Andrae State Park (1020 Beach Park Lane, Sheboygan)
This one is a bit of a drive, but is so great that the Travel Channel named it one of the top 10 beaches in the Midwest.
FoxBrook Park Beach (2925 N Barker Road, Brookfield)
Stay tuned for updates on the 2018 season.
Atwater Beach (4000 Lake Drive, Shorewood)
Opens in June. Beach hours are 5 am to 10 pm.
Other Milwaukee County parks with beaches:
- Bender, 4503 E. Ryan Road in Oak Creek.
- Tietjen (Doctors Park), 1870 E. Fox Lane in Fox Point
- Grant, 100 S. Hawthorne Ave., in South Milwaukee, which has a playground, sandbox, picnic area and a hiking trail.
- McKinley, 1750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, in Milwaukee.
- South Shore, 2900 S. Superior St., in Milwaukee, which offers concessions.
**Be safe when you swim! Be sure to check the conditions before heading to the beach at http://milwcountybeaches.org/