Getting to THE PARK

The Park is located in and along Lake Michigan just east of the Summerfest Grounds and immediately south of Discovery World. The north entrance to the Park is the path to the Park’s bridge which is south of the Discovery World entrance. The south entrance to the Park is where Erie Street ends and meets the Milwaukee harbor entrance. Follow the park road east along the water and under the Hoan Bridge. A “State Park Sticker” is not required, and free parking is available at marked locations and along the road. Follow the road to the end for parking nearest the south entrance to the park.

Park Location
500 North Harbor Drive

Milwaukee, WI  53202

By Car

From the West:
Take I-94 east to the Lakefront exit. Turn right on Michigan St./Harbor Drive. The Park’s north entrance path is off the road to the south of Discovery World’s entrance. Or, continue south along Harbor Drive to reach Erie Street and then follow Erie Street to the Park’s free parking and south entrance. See parking options below.

From the North:
Take I-43 to 794 Lakefront and proceed to the Lakefront exit. Turn right on Michigan St./Harbor Drive. The Park entrance path is off the road to the south of Discovery World’s entrance. Or, continue south along Harbor Drive to reach Erie Street and then follow Erie Street to the Park’s free parking and south entrance. See parking options below.

From the South:
Follow I-94/I-43 north and take the exit towards the Lakefront exit. Proceed east to take the Lakefront exit. Turn right on Michigan St./Harbor Drive. The Park entrance path is off the road to the south of the Discovery World’s entrance. Or, continue south along Harbor Drive to reach Erie Street and then follow Erie Street to the Park’s free parking and south entrance. See parking options below.

 

By Boat, Kayak, or Canoe

From the East: Come by boat and dock at one of our 20 slips, please call 414.274.4283 to make a reservation for overnight boat camping. Or, paddle your kayak or canoe under the Park’s signature bridge towards the lagoon and land on the beach.

 

By Bike:

The Oak Leaf Trail and Hank Aaron State Trail will take you right to the Park. Visit Milwaukee By Bike.

 

By Bus:

Milwaukee County Transit bus route 10 stops on Prospect Ave., across from O’Donnell Park. Routes 10, 12, 20, 23, 30, 31 and 137 serve the Downtown Transit Center on Wisconsin Ave. at Cass St., one block west of the lakefront.  A pleasant 5 to 10 minute stroll along Milwaukee’s lakefront to the southeast and you’ll find yourself by Discovery World and the path to Lakeshore State Park.

 

Ozaukee County Express route 143 runs on weekdays. It stops at the Downtown Transit Center on Michigan St. and Lincoln Memorial Drive, with service from Cedarburg, Fredonia, Grafton, Mequon, Port Washington and Saukville. A pleasant 5 to 10 minute stroll along Milwaukee’s lakefront to the southeast and you’ll find yourself by Discovery World and the path to Lakeshore State Park.

 

Parking at Lakeshore State Park

Free parking:

  1. On Harbor Drive when no festivals are scheduled for the Summerfest grounds
  2. Along the park road starting at Erie Street and at marked locations

Paid Parking:

  1. O’Donnell Parking lot on Michigan Street
  2. Discovery World and Milwaukee Art Museum lots
  3. Summerfest lots during festivals