- Beer Gardens & Fish Fries
- Tavern/Banquet Hall & Catering
- Farming & Fishing
- Nature’s Sweet Treats
South Shore Terrace
Kitchen & Beer Garden
Celebrate the best of Milwaukee at this open-air beer garden with stunning views of Lake Michigan! Enjoy fresh, local ingredients in a menu ranging from gourmet burgers to the quintessential Milwaukee Friday Fish Fry!
Whitnall Craft Beer Garden
Featuring 24 tap handles, this beer garden offers rotating selections from local and regional craft breweries, so there’s always something new to try! In addition to pub fare, enjoy the traditional Milwaukee Friday Fish Fry (available Wednesdays too!) and special-event pig roasts, presented by Gift of Wings Grill.
The Vine Humboldt
Enjoy local craft beers or other beverages at the Vine. Triciclo Peru serves up authentic Peruvian empanadas. Enjoy your food and beverage inside the historic pavilion or outside at picnic-table seating.
Estabrook Beer Garden
In 2012, Estabrook Beer Garden restored the beer-gardening tradition to Milwaukee and the nation! The featured brew is Haufbräu München, brewed in Germany by the Staatliches Hofbräuhaus. The food menu offers beer-garden basics — bratwurst, hot dogs and giant fresh-baked pretzels.
Adjacent to the Hoyt Park Pool, the Landing offers a beer-gardening season filled with local and imported craft beers, pub fare, music and trivia events. When the outdoor season has ended, the fun moves indoors to the Grand Hall for football viewing parties.
Oak & Antler
Tavern & Banquet Hall
During the golf season at the premier Brown Deer Park Golf Course, the Oak & Antler – in the century-old clubhouse – offers players as well as visitors a variety of local brews and a mouth-watering menu. Choose among gourmet burgers, quesadillas, salads and more. The charm of the picturesque hall also makes it an ideal location for private events of up to 125 people.
Catering by Milwaukee County Parks
In addition to catering special events at the Oak & Antler, beer gardens operated by the parks, and many of the pavilions in the parks, our experienced catering team is ready to make your event one for the history books!
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Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro
Consistently named one of Milwaukee’s most romantic restaurants, Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro offers award-winning French cuisine and a view of Lake Michigan.
On Lake Michigan's Bradford Beach, The Dock serves beer, wine and cocktails, along with a menu ranging from burgers and wraps to salads and tacos.
Enjoy lake views at this concessions stand at North Point. MooSa’s serves frozen custard, burgers, wings, fried cheese curds and more!
A Bartolotta’s Restaurant
A new restaurant of the Bartolotta Restaurant Group will be coming to the McKinley Marina Roundhouse in 2020.
Ferch’s Beachside Grille
On Lake Michigan's Grant Park Beach, Ferch’s serves up summer by way of their famous fresh frozen custard, ice-cold craft beers and wine, build-your-own burgers and other specialties from the grill.
Get your caffeine fix in the heart of downtown at Red Arrow Park’s Starbucks. Winter months offer the added attraction of watching skaters on the Slice of Ice refrigerated oval.
Zilli Hospitality Group Brunch
At the renowned Boerner Botanical Gardens, you’ll enjoy special brunch buffets at Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Christmas. Numerous stations offer fresh breakfast items, build-your-own omelets, perfectly cooked featured entrees and special desserts.
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You’ll find not only fresh produce and baked goods, but also breakfast or lunch! Many of the markets also offer entertainment. Find markets in parks throughout Milwaukee County.
Alice’s Garden, at Johnsons Park, and UW-Extension throughout Milwaukee County manage community gardens. UW-Ext also offers rental plots, SEED gardens (Sowing, Empowering and Eliminating Deserts of food), micro-farms and apiaries.
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Get Details on UW-Ext Gardens!
Milwaukee County Parks leases 760 acres of agricultural land to individual farms and non-profit organizations to grow and harvest row-crops, vegetable crops and hay. The Hunger Taskforce Farm grows fruits and vegetables to feed people in our community. The farm also raises 40,000 of fish annually to stock our lakes and lagoons.
Many of the lagoons and waterways in the parks are stocked in cooperation with the WDNR and the Hunger Task Force Fish Hatchery. The WDNR keeps records of all the locations they stock.
Foraging: It Will Cost You!
Although foraging in the parks may sound like a fun activity, it’s against Milwaukee County Ordinance (47.08) and will result in a fine. But that could be the least of the costs to you: for example, the difference between a true morel from a gourmet grocer and the false morel you found in the parks is the difference between "delicious" and "poisonous"!
Bees are busy throughout the parks, and we’re spreading the word about these precious pollinators. Working display hives at Wehr Nature Center and bee pods at Brown Deer, Currie and Dretzka golf courses educate young and old alike. In 2019 the golf course hives produced enough honey for a limited-edition honey weiss by MobCraft Beer!
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Visit the Golf Course Bee Pods!
Wisconsin’s spring tradition of maple sugarin’ comes to Wehr Nature Center. Visitors explore the sugarbush and an old-time sugarin’ camp to learn about all the steps from drilling a tree to boiling down the sap. The day’s reward is a taste of real maple syrup on a pancake!
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