Schlitz Audubon Nature Center is a beautiful, natural setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions located just 15 minutes north of downtown Milwaukee. The venue sits on the shores of Lake Michigan and boasts scenic views, including picturesque woods, ponds & prairies that provide striking backdrops for your wedding photography and a remarkable atmosphere to suit any wedding style from rustic to elegant.
Facilities and Capacity
Schlitz Audubon can accommodate up to 225 guests for ceremonies on our pavilion lawn surrounded by trees. The venue offers an inclement weather ceremony space with seating for up to 170 on our veranda, keeping your guests dry while taking full advantage of the natural, outdoor setting. During colder weather, our interior spaces can accommodate up to 125 for an intimate hearthside ceremony in front of a natural stone fireplace, or up to 190 in our private auditorium space.
Full evening rentals of the venue include a cocktail hour on our covered veranda, a hearth room complete with bar service, dining in the great hall with a separate space for dancing, and two dressing rooms including a private second-floor suite, complete with a full-length mirror and fireplace. Our main reception area offers a combination of natural warmth and technology, featuring a two-story beamed ceiling, two natural stone fireplaces, as well as an excellent audio system for music, and wireless internet as a convenience for your guests.
Our venue staff can assist with rehearsals, wedding procedures and event planning and will coordinate with all your vendors to ensure your event runs smoothly. A golf cart with seating for up to four is available for the couple and photographers to explore scenic spots on the grounds. The venue has 110 parking spots available which are free to wedding guests. Schlitz Audubon also offers lighting services, tree ceremonies, or rustic wine barrels for your decor as optional additions.
The in-house bar and bartenders at Schlitz Audubon are licensed and provide excellent customer service. Services may include a champagne toast for your reception, table wine, and our range of bar options which comprise house beers, liquors, and wines as well as premium liquor, signature cocktails, specialty beers and specialty wines.
We work with Compost Crusader to save all compostable organics from weddings as part of our commitment to conservation. Our LEED-certified “green” building uses energy-saving technologies for electricity as well as for heating and cooling the building to keep our visitors comfortable year-round. All weddings support the Center's mission of conservation, environmental education, and access to nature for all. Rental fees are tax-exempt.
15 Reviews for Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Recommended by 96% of couples
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Annalise · Getting married on 06/20/2020
We’re in LOVE with our venue!
The first moment my fiancé and I walked into the space we were in love. The timeless elegance and natural beauty completely sold us! Jessica is such an amazing event planner and is just as excited for our wedding as we are!Sent on 02/27/2019
Matt Schenke · Married on 12/10/2019
Our Wedding Experience
We highly recommend having your wedding at the Schlitz Center. Jessica, our coordinator, was incredibly accommodating and helpful along the way. Anybody would be lucky to have their wedding there!Sent on 10/28/2019
Andrew J Donahoe · Married on 10/26/2019
An Incredible Venue on Lake Michigan
We got married at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center on 10/26/19. It was 45 and rain, so we switched to the backup rain plan and got married on the porch. We would not change a thing. The colorful leaves, the sound of rain on the roof, and the lights on the porch made our ceremony absolutely magical. Inside, staff kept the giant fireplace going while guests warmed up from the cold. Our guests raved about our venue and how it was perfect for a fall wedding. It was cozy and it fit all 90 of our guests without feeling too empty. The venue was also great for photos! We were able to do a first look on the beach as well as stunning photos up in the tower and on the boardwalk. We would strongly recommend Schlitz to anyone!Sent on 11/16/2019
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center Price Rates
Receive 1-$150 amentiy at no charge for Friday and Sunday weddings booked in 2020. We offer string lights, ceremony arch, photo back drop, wine barrles and many other options!