Population: 4,420 (2014)
Area: 2.31 square miles
The Village of Bayside is home to beautiful homes, excellent school districts, high-quality village services, manicured parks, and easy access to Lake Michigan. Residents of Bayside enjoy its small community and its closeness to downtown Milwaukee.
Known for family-friendly living and as one of the safest communities in Wisconsin, Bayside is a village of 4,400 positioned along the picturesque shoreline of Lake Michigan. Bayside makes up the northeastern tip of Milwaukee County, while part of the village is located within Ozaukee County. Bayside is bordered by Fox Point to the south, Mequon to the north, and River Hills to the west. With Interstate 43 being in close proximity to the village, all of the attractions in downtown Milwaukee, only 12 miles away, are very accessible.
Until the mid-1800s, the land that now makes up Bayside was used by Native Americans for fishing and hunting. Today, there is no industrial property in the village, only natural land, residential property, and commercial sites. Bayside is home to 20 businesses ranging from a make-it-yourself art studio to a garden center to a 40-year-old travel corporation whose flagship brand is Funjet Vacations.
There is no shortage of outdoor recreation activities in Bayside. Located just south of the village is Doctor’s Park, which is a serene beach area on Lake Michigan’s shoreline, perfect for family hiking and picnics. What was once a farm with a hospital for horses is now the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, a 185-acre nature center with six miles of trails to explore and a 60-foot observation tower. Ellsworth Park is the main park in the village and boasts playgrounds, tennis courts, and soccer, baseball, and softball fields. This park is also the site of many community events in Bayside, such as the Fourth of July celebration, Bayside 5K, and Halloween Fright Night. In addition, many youth sports leagues play their games here. Not only are youth activities abundant, but the Senior Activity Center’s LX Club has activities for seniors to participate in six times per week, such as dance lessons, bingo, and monthly entertainment. Bayside is recognized as a Bird City Wisconsin and a Tree City USA.
Both the Fox Point-Bayside School District and the Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District serve residents of Bayside. Students living in the eastern half of the village attend the Fox Point-Bayside School District, while students in the western half attend the Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District. Both districts feed into Nicolet High School, which is the 14th Best High School in Wisconsin, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. There are also many private school options in the area, including New World Montessori and University School of Milwaukee.