Milwaukee County Parks


With over 150 parks, miles of scenic trails, 15 golf courses, beer gardens, dog parks, beaches, community centers, botanical gardens, nature trails and hundreds of events, there's always something new to discover in your Milwaukee County Parks.


Our Top Picks of Fall Activities in Your Milwaukee County Parks

Guide to Sept. 30 - Oct. 6

A 60-second guide to what's happening in the parks this week.

Whitnall Beer Garden

Featuring music by Lex Allen.

China Lights

China Lights Open Thru Oct. 20

The popular chinese lantern show has returned to Boerner Botanical Gardens from Sept. 13 - Oct. 20 with a new theme for 2019: Treasures of China. Get tickets.

Maptacular 2019

Eleven more Milwaukee County parks maps have been created by local artists and illustrators as part of the Maptacular 2019 art project. View this year's designs.


Make the Most of October

Read our quick guide to the top events happening in Milwaukee County Parks in October.

What's New

Parks & Packers Team Up for Playground Renovation

Oct. 2, 2019

Green Bay Packers players, along with parks staff and volunteers, helped construct a new playground at Center Street Park on Oct. 1. The new playground is expected to be complete and open by the end of October.

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Stormwater Project at Dineen Park Begins

July 31, 2019

Work has begun on a Stormwater Detention and Park Improvements Project at Dineen Park. The project, led by the City of Milwaukee, consists of a 7-acre stormwater pond, improved walking paths, a new community playground, a 16 x 28 foot picnic shelter, a reconstructed 350-foot baseball field, a redesigned 18-hole disc golf course, improved fishing overlook, updated pedestrian lighting, and native plantings and new trees throughout the park.

McKinley Marina Upgrades Set for August

July 10, 2019

Construction on the McKinley Marina parking lot will begin in early August. The work will include new walkways, green infrastructure to manage stormwater runoff, new lane configurations and new parking lot areas.

Milwaukee County Parks an "Important Bird Area" 

July 24, 2019

The Milwaukee County Park System will soon have another feather in its cap: its 15,000 acres are being recognized for their "immense" value to migratory birds and will be designated Wisconsin's 93rd "Important Bird Area" Read more.



Major Upcoming Events

Cider Sunday

Oct. 6, Wehr Nature Center, 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Cider Sunday is loaded with apples, activities, food and entertainment. This year’s “fun”draising event helps to support Wehr’s educational programming, trail improvements and facilities updates.

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China Lights

China Lights

Sept. 13 - Oct. 20

China Lights: Treasures of China will have 95% new lantern displays featuring cultural gems. The handmade displays range from three-feet to three-stories high. The festival will also include an expanded interactive exhibit area, two stages for Asian folk-culture performances, a marketplace, two dining areas and vendors offering a variety of Asian and western menu options.

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Welcome to 100 Acres Wood

Sept. 21 - Nov. 10, Mitchell Park Domes

Visit a woodland destination inspired by the classic children's book during the fall floral show - included with general admission to the Mitchell Park Domes.

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Planning Tools

Over 150 pavilions, community rooms, wedding venues and parks spaces are available to rent. Start planning your next event.


9480 Watertown Road
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
(414) 257-PARK (7275)


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