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Fun Things to do in Milwaukee


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Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is perhaps best known for its famous breweries and the Major League Brewers, but there's more to the city than beer and baseball. Milwaukee is rich in historical and cultural attractions, making it the perfect place for a weekend of exploring.


Best time to go

Autumn or late Spring are excellent times to visit Milwaukee: they have the years most agreeable days and temperatures. Milwaukee's winters are severe, with snowstorms and intense rainfalls. Snowstorms are common in December, January and February and are a good opportunity for snow sports enthusiasts.


Fun city facts and activities

    Beer n' sausage: It's the first thing that will pop into anybody's mind when considering Wisconsin's largest city. Maybe Harley-Davidson, possibly Happy Days, or whichever your dads preference was between Blatz or Schlitz. And there we go again. Its hard to escape the preconceived notions of the hugely Polish, German, blue collar, big-eating, proudly hard-drinking people in this city. But Milwaukee today is also a burgeoning lakefront 'burg boasting big city amenities without the headaches of a metropolis (we're looking at you, Chicago). Here you can park anywhere, you can live in the hippest 'hood in town without a trust fund, and visitors too have no barrier of access to a patchwork of low-key neighborhood hangouts, a bombastic music festival, and plenty of old world cream city brick charm mixing with an easy-going industriousness (streetcar coming soon!). Of course, Milwaukee also still has plenty of beer and sausage, so be sure to check out the city's best restaurants.
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Neighborhoods to explore

    Lower East Side
    Yankee Hill
    Walker's Point
    East Downtown
    The Historic Third Ward

Food Specialties

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin is one of the Midwests lesser-known culinary gems. With deep German roots and a Native American name, the city is a small melting pot of American culture thats continuing to gain attention from out-of-towners. Its no surprise that their food scene is getting the same recognition. Set alongside the Milwaukee River and on the southern end of Lake Michigan, there is always somewhere to park yourself with a good beer whether its on a rooftop bar in the summertime or in a local supper club to escape the winter chill. Either way, ordering up a cold beer is a can't-miss thing to do in a city that's known for its breweries.

Milwaukee Offbeat activities

Free or cheap things to do

1. Take a Segway Tour of Milwaukee - Experience the city and its culture in a unique way, on a Segway tour of Milwaukee.

2. Visit the Milwaukee Public Market - Enjoy the variety of Wisconsin-made products, from cheese to craft beer, in the public market.

3. Visit the Milwaukee County Zoo - Take a stroll through the wildlife park to see some of the rarest animals in the world.

4. Take a Boat Tour of the Milwaukee River - Enjoy the views of the city from a boat tour of the Milwaukee River.

5. Visit the Milwaukee Art Museum - Take in the works of art from around the world at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

6. Take a Brewery Tour - Sample some of the best local beers on a brewery tour of Milwaukee.

7. Attend a Summerfest Concert - Enjoy some of the best musical acts from around the world at Summerfest.

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Kid friendly

Fun things to do in with kids

Free or cheap things to do

1. Mitchell Park Domes Layton Boulevard
Locally known as The Domes, Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory is the citys oldest park.

2. Milwaukee County Zoo Blue Mound Road
The Milwaukee County Zoo first opened in 1892 with only a few mammal and bird exhibits.

3. Daniel M. Soref National Geographic Dome Theater & Planetarium Wells Street
The Planetarium is the states largest and most modern planetarium to date.

4. Safe House Front Street
One of the quirkiest and most exciting places to take kids in Milwaukee is Safe House.

5. Veterans Park Lagoon Lincoln Memorial Drive
If youre looking for cheap family-fun action, then you should head on over to Veterans Park along Lake Michigan.

6. Milwaukee Public Museum Wells Street
The Milwaukee first opened its doors in 1882 and is now the home of over 4 million species.

7. Boerner Botanical Gardens Hales Corners
Located 15 minutes outside of Milwaukee, the Boerner Botanical Gardens is set to look like an English country manor.

8. Lake Country Rotary Splash Pad Nixon Park
If youre looking for free kid-friendly things to do in Milwaukee, look no further than the Lake Country Rotary Splash Pad.

9. Milwaukee Art Museum Art Museum Drive
Need to recharge your creative juices? Head on over to the Milwaukee Art Museum, one of the largest museums in the world.

10. Betty Brinn Childrens Museum Wisconsin Avenue
Their innovative take on education through play has been a popular activity for young ones since they opened in 1995.

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City data and FAQ 

What is Milwaukee most known for?

Maybe Harley-Davidson motorcycles, although do a lot of people know that theyre made in Milwaukee? Maybe not.
If I asked 100 people on the street here in Toronto what they think of when I say Milwaukee, some will mention a Milwaukee pro sports team probably. Maybe a few will mention Milwaukee Tools. A biker might know that Harleys come from Milwaukee.
Leonard Haid - Lives in Toronto, ON

Are two days enough to visit Milwaukee?

The question is always what someones interests are - zoo, sporting events, culture_and the distance between the different destinations - but I think thats a reasonable amount of time to cover the highlights the typical visitor would want to see.
Caryn Green Lives in Chicago, IL

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