Fun activities to do in Milwaukee this spring

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Spring can be a good season for exploring the outdoors.

With the April showers passing and the May flowers beginning to bloom, Milwaukee’s spring weather will soon start to look a lot sunnier, and with that comes some traditional Milwaukee spring events. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic still going on, venues have had to limit the amount of attendance that these events can have.

Boerner Botanical Gardens

As the flowers begin to bloom, the Boerner Botanical Gardens may be a nice place to enjoy the outdoors. From the arboretum to the rock garden, it can be easy to spend the entire day exploring the 40 acres of garden space with friends.

The spring garden will open May 1, and will be open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The education and visitor center is also open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lakefront Brewery

If you’re a fan of comedy and you’re 21 or over, head to the Lakefront Brewery May 2 for two shows at 6:00 and 8:30 p.m. There you can eat, laugh and relax for an hour and a half. Tickets are $30 for two ($15 per person), $60 for a four-person table and $90 for a table that fits up to six people.

Tickets can be reserved online.

Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, Inc.

Interested in giving back to the community this spring? Here is an opportunity to do just that. You can enjoy the pleasant spring weather by volunteering with Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful as a litter cleanup volunteer. The process is simple and awards you a lot of flexibility.

After registering online, you can organize your own group and choose the time and location in Milwaukee where you want to clean up. The nonprofit organization will supply you with the litter cleaning materials you will need for your efforts. Registration is open until Oct. 31, so if you enjoy the event, you will have plenty of opportunities to do it again.

If you are interested in cleaning up your community but are not interested in volunteering through an organization, you can always work independently. In a group or on your own, you can choose a location in Milwaukee that could use a cleanup, get some gloves and get to work.

Milwaukee Kayak Co.

Take a short break from studying for finals and explore Milwaukee waterways with friends during the warmer months! Milwaukee Kayak Co., located at 318 S. Water St. offers tours, rentals and lessons for those who want to learn more about the rivers flowing through the city.

Milwaukee Riverkeeper also offers online and downloadable routes to map your journey.

Seven Bridges Trail

Spring can also be a great season for hiking. Located at Grant Park at 100 Hawthorne Ave., this trail offers a 2-mile trail with various trees, wildflowers, creeks, trees and more. There are various stone paths and bridges to pave the way as you venture through the streams and ravines.

This story was written by Ryan Lynch. He can be reached at ryan.p.lynch@marquette.edu.