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2013 Summer Guide

May. 23, 2013
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If sprawling lazily on a sunny beach isn't your thing, there are lots of ways to be active on the lakeshore. Trails for biking and hiking crisscross the lakefront and bluff, volleyball courts pepper Bradford Beach and the lake winds are perfect for flying a kite—just about any lakeside activity you can think of is available somewhere along the shore.


Biking and Hiking on the Lakefront


Lake Michigan palpably lures the body and spirit. From the north, the Oak Leaf Trail heads inexorably to the Brady Street Bridge, over Lincoln Memorial Drive, on to the lake vista, past Juneau Park’s lagoon, to the waterfront and soon to the prow of Milwaukee Art Museum’s celebrated Calatrava addition. From Kenwood Boulevard, glide down the exhilarating Lincoln Memorial’s curving plunge to the shoreline. Or hike up and down Lake Park’s accesses. From the South, Oak Leaf meanders through rewarding lake peek-a-boos, from South Milwaukee to Bay View’s Russell Avenue. (Kevin Lynch)


Bradford Beach Volleyball


In recent years, renovations at Bradford Beach have polished it to its previous luster. All summer long, Bradford Beach Jam, on Lincoln Memorial Drive, is host to a tiki bar, live music, cabanas, a wait staff and concessions. It’s the go-to spot for all people to soak up the sun on the sand. While you’ll see plenty of soccer, Frisbee and yoga, the beach is best known for its volleyball. Professionals and amateurs of all skill levels compete from summer through fall. New this year is the addition of junior leagues and a two-match-per-night guarantee. The summer leagues run from May 28-Aug. 29, Sunday through Thursday evenings, with daytime leagues on Mondays and Wednesdays; adult intro classes are held on Fridays. Spaces fill up fast, so register now! (Danielle Stevens)


Kite flying on the Lakefront

Gift of Wings Kite Shop

1300 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive



Here’s how to exploit our Great Lake’s powerful, capricious winds. Kite flying is now a fashionable lakefront pastime, aided by The Gift of Wings Kite Store. Milwaukeeans strut their kite-crafting creativity and their chops at handling their airborne confabulations. Can you handle those crazy air currents without crashing? You might just see someone kite flying while texting, a relatively safe way to feed two addictions at once. (K.L.)


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