Thinking of things to do outside of the ballroom is a breeze in this nature-filled destination.
No matter how much energy is packed into your agenda, a full day of meetings will leave most attendees itching to get outside and stretch their legs. Thankfully, when you leave the convention campus in Milwaukee, a bounty of lakes, trails, beaches and golf courses will be waiting.
Walk, Run or Ride
The abundance of multi-use trails throughout Milwaukee (120 miles in total) makes it possible for even time-crunched attendees to take advantage of the city’s urban green space. Take an early morning run along the Lakefront Trail, a paved three-mile loop that starts near the Milwaukee Art Museum and runs along the glistening Milwaukee River. Or take a post-meeting stroll down the Milwaukee RiverWalk, a three-mile path that winds through downtown. No time for a traditional workout? Use Bublr Bikes, Milwaukee’s bike share program, to ride to dinner.
On the Water
Flanked by Lake Michigan and situated between three rivers, Milwaukee locals feel at home on the water—and your attendees can, too. After a busy day, treat visitors to a relaxing boat tour along what many call America’s Third Coast. During downtime, direct them to Bradford Beach, where they can sunbathe, play volleyball and even go freshwater surfing. But for a truly unique perspective on the city, kayak or paddle board along the city’s three main rivers (Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic), which are urban waterways that flow right between buildings and bridges.
Tops in Golf
If your attendees believe in doing business on the golf course, you’re in luck—Wisconsin is home to more top 100 public courses than any other state. Which explains why Golf Advisor once named it America’s number one golf destination and why, in 2020, the prestigious Ryder Cup tournament will take place here. By basing your attendees in Milwaukee, you’re putting them within easy driving distance of these enviable greens. Whistling Straits and Erin Hills, ranked number three and number nine respectively on Golf Digest’s “100 Greatest Public Courses” list, are both within an hour’s drive of downtown. Just 15 minutes from downtown is Brown Deer Golf Course, the course where Tiger Woods made his professional debut.