Wisconsin's Top Urban Beach
It's true what they say: It is cooler by the lake, and in Milwaukee, there's nowhere better to cool off than Bradford Beach. In 2009, Bradford Beach became one of Wisconsin's first beaches to receive Blue Wave Certification from the nonprofit Clean Beaches Council of Washington, D.C. Since then, the beach has undergone a rebirth as a center of summer fun.
The Dock at Bradford Beach
Kick back and relax while enjoying the beach, the sand, the lake, and great food and drinks! The extensive menu includes appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches, paninis, wraps and tacos. The drink menu also offers a wide selection of beers, wine and cocktails.
Leagues are available five days a week from May through August. Toss in four major volleyball tournaments, and you have a volleyball paradise! Hourly court and ball rentals, summer youth volleyball camps and small-group private lessons ensure plenty of fun for everyone.
Lifeguards on Duty
Swim or surf safely at Milwaukee County's only guarded beach. When lifeguards are not on duty or when the beach is closed, patrons swim at their own risk.
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Bradford Beach is on a prime route for migratory shorebirds and waterfowl known as the Lake Michigan Flyway. This hot spot has seen 228 bird species.
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MooSa's custard stand at the south end of Bradford Beach serves up burgers (including the Impossible burger), brats, walking tacos and more, and of course, custard!
Beach Wheelchairs at Bradford
Hit the beach with a free beach wheelchair checkout. The beach wheelchairs feature wide tires to allow you to maneuver in the sand and into the water. Bradford Beach features a permanent concrete ramp to access the beach and seasonal mobi mats (shown above) that provide access to the water.