From Proposal to Party
From stunning backdrops for your engagement photos to one-of-a-kind venues for your ceremony, Milwaukee County Parks offers the ideal destination for your day.
Some of Milwaukee County's most unique wedding venues are in Milwaukee County Parks. Your ceremony can be held outdoors on beaches, in park gazebos, botanical gardens and even a beer garden. It can be held indoors in iconic venues including the Mitchell Park Domes, the 1920s Brown Deer Golf Clubhouse or the South Shore Park Pavilion. The venue you select will determine the type of permit you need.
Mitchell Park Domes
For a truly unique wedding, ceremonies for up to 50 people can be held in the Tropical, Desert or Show Domes at the Mitchell Park Domes during regular hours. Larger private rentals are also available for receptions in the lobby and the Greenhouse Annex Weddings through our catering partner, Zilli Hospitality Group.
South Shore Terrace & the East Lawn
The upper level of South Shore Terrace, with views of Lake Michigan, can be booked for a ceremony, reception or party. You can use the caterer of your choice.
The lower level of the pavilion is home to the South Shore Terrace Beer Garden. The beer garden can be reserved for private use on Mondays and Tuesdays.
For outdoor weddings overlooking Lake Michigan, you can also reserve the East Lawn for $400.
Upper Level: (414) 257-8005
Lower Level: (414) 257-5622
East Lawn: (414) 257-4503
Lake Park in downtown Milwaukee offers several stunning locations for ceremonies or photography including the Grand Staircase, the Lion Bridge, the Summer Stage and the Waterfall Ravine. A Special Events permit is required for rentals of these venues.
Lake Park: (414) 257-4503
Ceremony Fee: $550
Boerner Botanical Gardens
Boerner Botanical Gardens is ideal for everything from an intimate wedding for 30 guests in the annual garden gazebo to a large ceremony for 200 guests in the shrub mall. The historic Garden House can also be rented for use as a bridal room, or an alternative ceremony site in case of inclement weather. Outdoor areas are available spring to fall and remain open to the public.
Boerner also offers several indoor spaces for receptions through our catering partner Zilli Hospitality Group.
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Wehr Nature Center, tucked away in the woods of Whitnall Park, overlooks Mallard Lake and offers intimate indoor and outdoor spaces for weddings. Urban Ecology Centers at Riverside Park and Washington Park also offer perfect venues for eco-friendly weddings.
Several parks in downtown Milwaukee provide unique outdoor wedding sites, including Cathedral Square Park, Ziedler Park Gazebo and Pere Marquette Gazebo. A Special Events permit is required for rentals of these venues.
Downtown Venues: (414) 257-4503
Ceremony Fee: $550
Receptions and Catering
Seeking a unique space for a memorable reception? Milwaukee County Parks has venues ideal for receptions up to 500 people.
The Boerner Botanical Gardens Great Hall features a 21′ x 21′ dance floor, a riser, 60″ round tables and seating of eight guests per table along with an upholstered style chair. Guests will enjoy the view of the Fragrance Garden.
Rentals and catering of Boerner Hall are provided by Zilli Hospitality Group. Contact Zilli for current rates at (414) 525-5635. Group admission rates to Boerner Botanical Gardens are also available.
Mitchell Park Domes Lobby & Greenhouse
The Mitchell Park Horticultural center, better known as The Domes, offer a one-of-a-kind destination for your event or wedding. Seated events can accommodate 275 guests, cocktail events up to 500 guests. Air-conditioning and Wi-Fi are available in the lobby area only.
Zilli Hospitality Group is the exclusive caterer at The Domes; this includes both food and beverage.
South Shore Pavillion
A historic park building with stately wood-beamed interior and brick exterior is located on the shore of Lake Michigan, offering a great view of the marina and the lake. The South Shore Terrace Beer Garden, on the lower level of the pavilion, is open from April to October.
Milwaukee County Parks offer everything from lakefront backdrops to secluded waterfalls, all perfect for memorable engagement photography. To reserve our most popular locations for a professional photo shoot you'll need a photography permit. Our wedding and special event permits also include a photography permit.
Professional Photo Permit
Wedding or Engagement Photo Permits
Reserve spaces such as the East Lawn at South Shore Park (above) or the Lion Bridges at Lake Park for formal photography. For more information or to reserve a time, call (414) 257-4503
Fee: $61.25 for first hour.
Additionl Half-Hour: $30.62
Boerner Botanical Gardens Photo Permits
Wedding Photography Permit
Package Rate: $142.56 for up to 1 hour with admission for up to 20 adults included
Additional Half-Hour: $68.64 per additional 30 minutes beyond package
For more information or to reserve a time, call the Boerner Gardens at (414) 525-5600 or email Boerner Botanical Gardens.
Photography Permit for Other Formal Photography
Package Rate: $26.40 per hour + admission
Mitchell Park Domes Photo Permit
Weddings or Engagement Photography
Take photos in the Tropical Domes, Desert Dome or the Floral Show Dome with up to 50 guests. For more information or to reserve a time, call (414) 257-5611
Package Rate: $61.25 per hour + admission fees per person (max group size is 50)
Over 125 venues are available to rent in Milwaukee County Parks. Venues include park pavillions, golf clubhouses, community rooms and picnic shelters.
Brown Deer Boathouse
Brown Deer Park Boathouse sits on a hill overlooking the lagoon in Brown Deer Park. The rustic exterior and wooded setting create the effect of a country house. The rental area has a fireplace and wood beams. Call (414) 257-8005 to rent.
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Grant Park Golf Clubhouse
This two-story farm home from the late 1800s offers a spacious interior and views of the beautifully wooded Grant Park Golf Course and the spectacular shore of Lake Michigan. During December the clubhouse is decorated for the holidays. Call (414) 257-8005 to rent.
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Whitnall Park Beer Garden
Whitnall Park Beer Garden is an open-air beer garden in Whitnall Park with 24 craft beers on tap, including brews from Sprecher Brewery and other local breweries. Rent the garden for a business outing and we’ll provide the beer and service! Catering is available. (No outside alcohol can be brought into the beer gardens.) Groups can also reserve tables during regular business hours. Visit mkebeergardens.com for more details. Call (414) 257-5622 to rent.
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