One of the top Waukesha outdoor attractions according to TripAdvisor is Frame Park. It is a picturesque gathering place for friends and family to meet outdoor fun. With paved pathways that wind along the Fox River, the 34.5-acre park offers a playground, sandpit volleyball, formal gardens, boat and bike rentals, and more. Discover more about what Frame Park offers.
The Fox River Trail
The Fox River Trail within Frame Park begins near the playground at Frame Park and meanders around the Fox River and extends to Barstow St. When you near Barstow St, there is a beautiful dam with a waterfall with art installations and tiered concrete seating. If you take a loop around the Fox River Trail it is approximately 1.6 miles.
You can continue on the Fox River Trail, cross Barstow Street and you will head into Downtown Waukesha where you will find a variety of places to dine or shop, Waukesha GuitarTown murals and large guitars and even three bears.
The Formal Gardens
In spring and summer, the Formal Gardens at Frame Park are in full bloom. The garden space is a peaceful place to enjoy beautiful flowers and trees and the lannon stone columns make a unique backdrop for special occasion photos. If you are a professional photographer, be sure to check these guidelines for group photos in the gardens.
In May the garden features blooming tulips, daffodils and flowering lilacs and rhododendron. Starting in mid-June there are 18 flower beds that showcase perennials and fragrant roses. If you time your visit right, you may even see butterflies in the gardens.
Here is a great video created by Mark J. Berg that provides a great compilation of the Formal gardens in bloom.
The video features the song “Deed I Do” by Chet Atkins and Les Paul from the album Chester & Lester. Writers Fred Rose, Walter Hirsch Licensed to YouTube by
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The main playground can be seen from Moreland Blvd, has recently been updated. This inclusive playground offers six elements of play in a naturalized setting along with an outdoor adult fitness space.
If you walk further into Frame Park along the Fox River Trail, you will find a playground at the Schuetze Recreation Center that has a rubber surface, transportation theme and geared toward younger kids.
Volleyball & Baseball
There are three sand volleyball courts located by the playground and just a short walk away is a fenced in baseball diamond with lights that is used by local youth and high school teams.
Near the Formal Gardens is a large open space amphitheater available for music groups, theatrical presentations and festival events.
Schuetze and Rotary Buildings
Within Frame Park are two buildings available for private rental, Waukesha Schuetze Recreation Center and Waukesha Rotary Building.
When You Go
Frame Park is located off of I-94 Hwy 164 North (Exit 294). Parking is available on Frame Park Dr. and off of White Rock Ave. near the Formal Gardens and off of Baxter Dr. near the Waukesha Rotary Building and Schuetze Recreation Center.