The Schlitz Audubon Center offers 185 acres of unspoiled beauty along the lakefront with six miles of trails, a variety of nature programs and a 60-foot observation tower that lets you enjoy the lake view as well as the sight of downtown Milwaukee, now about 10 miles to the south. As one might guess, “Audubon” means there is an emphasis on studying birds and serving as a resting and safe place for them, but the Center is also about being responsible stewards of the land. As its name implies, this area came from the Schlitz Brewing Company families, originally an farm in 1800s called Nine Mile Farm for its distance from the brewery in downtown Milwaukee. It took until the 1970s for this land to become the Schlitz Audubon Center – but it was definitely worth the wait!
You’ll find the Schlitz Audubon Center right where Highway 32 turns from Lake Drive to Brown Deer Road in Bayside, mere yards from the Lake Michigan shore (which you can’t quite see due to the dense forest – which is okay by us!) Highway 100 and I-43 are close by, just to the west.
Youth 3-17, Military Active Duty & Veterans: $5
1111 E. Brown Deer Road (Highway 32)
Bayside, WI 53217