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Bradford Beach

Expansive sand beaches are less than a mile away from campus. Enjoy swimming, kayaking, and even surfing! Running and bike trails also wind along the coast of Lake Michigan and Bradford Beach hosts a variety of beach sport activities. See More.

Milwaukee Art Museum

Four floors and over forty galleries of art are rotated regularly with works from antiquity to the present at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Among the best in the nation are the Museum’s holding of American decorative arts, German Expressionism, folk and Haitian art, and American art after 1960. The Museum also holds one of the largest collections of works by Wisconsin native Georgia O’Keeffe.

Milwaukee Film

The Milwaukee Film Festival is one of the city’s liveliest cultural events of the year! In just 15 days, over 300 films are screened at Milwaukee’s historic cinemas annually, providing a welcomed meeting ground for both the amateur movie goer and aficionado. Peck School of the Arts has been presenting the LGBT Film & Video Festival for over 30 years in Milwaukee–both festivals host events at the Oriental Theatre, Milwaukee’s premier historic film venue, built in 1927 and still showing both major and independent releases to this day.

Riverwest 24

Bikers and spectators are invited to explore Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood (home to many Peck School of the Arts upperclassmen and faculty) and experience biking in an urban environment at Riverwest 24’s annual marathon.

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

Attend Broadway musicals, symphony, opera, and ballet performances any night of the week at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

Milwaukee RiverWalk

Boutique shops, cafes, and waterfront nightlife adorn the banks of the city’s two-mile walking trail along the Milwaukee River.