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Lake Park, Milwaukee

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Lake Park, located on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is an urban park covering 138.1-acre. The park is part of a mostly contiguous stretch of lakefront amenities that extend north from Milwaukee's downtown, including Bradford Beach, various parks, McKinley Marina, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Lake Park was designed in the late 19th century by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park in New York City along with many others. Believing that access to nature had a civilizing and restorative effect on the urban public, Olmsted designed Lake Park in the Romantic tradition, with a preference for natural landscaping, winding paths, a variety of vistas, incorporation of wildlife, and a balance between active recreation and more passive enjoyment.

The park terrain includes both bluffs and ravines. In addition, Lake Park is home to the last remaining Indian mound in the city of Milwaukee. The others were destroyed by early settlers of the city and surrounding area.

It also contains the North Point Lighthouse, which was built in 1855.

A 6-hole golf course was built in 1903, expanding to 18 holes in 1930.
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  • Lake Park has one of the BEST views there is. I have never seen so many people taking Wedding pictures in my life. If you want a FANTASTIC location for pictures this is it.  more »
  • The Lake Park is a pretty little park near the beach. There are a lot of picnic lots and sporting oppurtunities.  more »
  • Neat drive up to the north side along the lake to see this park. Walking trails and overlooks the lake. Also the lighthouse fun to see/tour when open.  more »
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  • this is a very large park with a cool bridge and light house. They have tennis courts, soccer fields, a baseball diamond, a golf course, and spots for lawn bowling. Great for picnics or even just walk throughs!
  • Hub of activity. Lived 4 blocks from the park for 25 years. On my 5k and 10k route. Tennis, volleyball, beaches, restaurants from fine dining to burgers. Rent jet skis, fly kites, or read a book.
  • Decent Soccer fields. Nice for laying in grass with your girl/man Can play ball with you kids. Ultimate frisbee. Fly kites. Train athleticly.
  • Lovely grounds.... would be perfect for a wedding! Lion statuary, manicured grounds.
  • The main attraction to this park is that there are a lot of attractions. For the history buff, there are statues and historical placards abounding and for the architectural enthusiast there are old bridges and a tour-able Lighthouse. For the sporting type: golf, boccie ball, and trails for hiking and paved trails for running. Kids of all ages will appreciate the playgrounds as well.

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Staying in the city center puts you right in the heart of the activity, and means you can take advantage of all the things to do in Milwaukee’s walkable downtown area. Options here include big chain hotels as well as quirky inns. Party animals should sacrifice some sleep to stay close to Milwaukee’s lively bar scene, centered around Water Street. Those who want a little more rest should consider a scenic resort in the greater Milwaukee area; many of these are within easy driving distance of the main attractions.
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