Milwaukee's nicknamed Cream City because of its distinctive cream colored brick and Brew City because of its rich brewing history. Milwaukee borders the 22,300 square miles of Lake Michigan. Lake Michigan is a choice spot for jet-skiing, sailing, and wind surfing. The Milwaukee County Park system operates 5 swimming beaches along the lake front. each with distinct personality and appeal. The coolest way to see the city is from river level. The lake actually touches 14,200 square miles of Wisconsin. The Milwaukee RiverWalk spans nearly 3 miles along the Milwaukee River, taking you through downtown Milwaukee.