Unlike other coastal cities like Chicago, Los Angeles and Honolulu, it’s totally free to park alongside the Lake Michigan shoreline in Milwaukee County. From South Milwaukee to Fox Point—and plenty of spots between, including downtown Milwaukee—there are opportunities to swim in the water or simply lounge on the beach, or maybe hike alongside a pretty vista. None charge admission fees and all of the beaches are open to the public. Best times of year to visit the beaches are May through October. During the other months it can be chilly but then again, the Polar Plunge on January 1 every year proves that there is never a bad time to visit the beach! See all of Milwaukee’s beaches.