Featured Picnic Venue: Zilli Lake and Gardens
Clients often ask us what to look for in a picnic venue. It is important to anticipate the challenges and advantages of hosting such an outdoor event. We have found several venues in Milwaukee that lend themselves to picnics. Zilli Lake & Gardens at O’Donnell Park is a picnic venue that we are particularly proud to serve as the exclusive caterer.
In this post, we will highlight five features that make Zilli Lake and Gardens the perfect picnic venue.
Top 5 Reasons to Picnic at Zilli Lake and Gardens
You can set up countless tents, tables, chairs and BBQs on the open lawns amongst the North and South Gardens. The open space allows you to host a huge picnic without feeling crowded. The vast grounds also increase your entertainment options with plenty of room for live music and entertainers.
Surrounded by historic and natural beauty, Zilli Lake and Gardens is truly an exceptional venue. Expect spectacular views and photo backdrops of Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Summerfest. If your picnic runs into the evening, you may even treat guests to a fireworks show.
Lighting is a major issue at many venues, but it is never a concern at Zilli Lake and Gardens. For clients desiring a colorful glow, we have added beams of bright colors. We also love to string LED lights across the greenery to create an upscale glimmer.
Zilli Lake and Gardens can host and offer parking to 2,000 guests. Having adequate parking directly below the venue is a huge benefit because it relieves one source of stress for event planners and guests.
Proximity to city landmarks
Picnics often lead into later afternoon activities or give guests the opportunity to enjoy local entertainment before the event. Guests can visit the The Calling, Mark di Suvero’s 40-foot high orange-red steel l-beams artwork. After viewing this astounding landmark, guests will likely take the footbridge to the Milwaukee Art Museum. Here they will see the Burke Brise Soleil, a wing-like sunscreen that tops the museum’s vaulted and glass-enclosed hall.
The views and landscape alone make Zilli Lake and Gardens a stunning venue, but our favorite part about picnics is turning an exquisite venue into a living, breathing picnic experience. Consider custom menu items and upscale decorative touches to really bring your picnic theme to life.
Give us a call at 262-547-9447 or fill out our contact form to start your picnic planning!