MilwaukeeUnited States of America

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Visit Milwaukee

Wisconsin’s major city is acclaimed for its rich history of brewing beer, a modern lakefront skyline and an eclectic festival scene.

Milwaukee exudes a laid-back Midwestern vibe. The city of almost 600,000 residents has a reputation as the “City of Festivals”, and Milwaukeeans know how to enjoy themselves.

Lake Michigan’s shoreline dominates the downtown area, framed by a skyline of modern steel and glass. The city also boasts preserved turn-of-the-century districts in East Town and the Historic Third Ward, which is dotted with theaters, galleries and restaurants.

Milwaukee has a colorful history with a strong German influence, and it’s still regarded as America’s “Brew City.” Get acquainted with Milwaukee’s beer heritage with a tour of the world-famous Miller Coors Brewery. Learn more about the city’s history at the Milwaukee Public Museum in downtown.

For more cultural pursuits, art lovers should make Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) the first port of call. It features an impressive contemporary design and more than 30,000 works of art dating back to the 15th century. Visit the popular Charles Allis Art Museum in the city’s East Side neighborhood to browse elaborate antique furnishings and decorative art.

The best vantage point for photos of the city’s skyline is from Festival Park or along the Bay View promenade overlooking Lake Michigan. From here, it’s an easy walk to nearby Discovery World, which caters to children with hands-on science exhibits. Hire a car and venture further afield to visit the wildlife at Milwaukee County Zoo.

Milwaukee experiences cold winters, but there are plenty of indoor attractions to escape the chill. Spend a day browsing books at the Milwaukee Public Library, or visit indoor gardens at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory. Visit the city in summer, and you can enjoy a wealth of open-air events and a vibrant arts and entertainment scene on the lakefront. Go to the Water Street or Bay View districts to mingle in stylish waterfront bars and cafés until the early hours.

Where to stay in Milwaukee

Historic Third Ward

Historic Third Ward

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Experience Milwaukee’s hot spot for art and fashion when you check out the dynamic boutiques, restaurants, theaters and galleries that fill this exciting district.

Historic Third Ward

Top Hotels in Milwaukee

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
4.5 out of 5
1611 West Canal Street, Milwaukee, WI
CA $129
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Marquette University, Harley-Davidson Museum and The Rave-Eagles Club. Fiserv Forum and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,785 reviews)

"Has a great bar with music, like that there are diverse bars meeting your needs like dancing, sports, gaming etc"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 22, 2020

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
4 out of 5
333 W Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee, WI
CA $108
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10

Located in Westown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Milwaukee Public Museum and Fiserv Forum. Milwaukee Public Market and Milwaukee Art Museum are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (3,385 reviews)

"Are very close everything I wanted to go to is very clean, very accommodating look forward to returning soon"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 21, 2020

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
The Pfister Hotel
The Pfister Hotel
4.5 out of 5
424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI
CA $192
per night
Feb 19 - Feb 20

Located in East Town, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and Riverside Theater. Pabst Theater and Milwaukee ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,921 reviews)

"It is a beautiful hotel that has been kept up well while maintaining the character of a grand hotel."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 24, 2020

The Pfister Hotel

Popular things to do in Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum
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Harley-Davidson Museum

5/5(13 reviews)

Delve into the history of one of the world’s most famous motorcycle brands via interactive exhibits, photo galleries, workshops and behind-the-scenes tours.

Milwaukee Public Museum
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Milwaukee Public Museum

4/5(5 reviews)

Get acquainted with ancient civilizations, space travel and all the mysteries of Mother Nature at Milwaukee’s oldest museum.

Milwaukee County Zoo
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Milwaukee County Zoo

5/5(2 reviews)

This sprawling animal park houses a wide array of exotic wildlife, and is acclaimed for its conservation programs and educational resources.

Top activities in Milwaukee

Milwaukee City Tour
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Milwaukee City Tour

CA $52

Get up-close and personal with Milwaukee on this guided bus tour through the city's top sights and iconic landmarks. With a local guide leading the way, tap into the town's famous attractions and unique history, and then learn why Milwaukee is known as Brew City with a stop at the Lakefront Brewery.

Operation City Quest of Milwaukee, WI
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Operation City Quest of Milwaukee, WI

CA $13

Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Milwaukee, WI
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Milwaukee, WI

CA $3

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Milwaukee
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Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Milwaukee

CA $9

Turn Milwaukee into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history.

North Point Lighthouse Admission Ticket
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North Point Lighthouse Admission Ticket

CA $10

Visit: North Point Lighthouse, 2650 N Wahl Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211-3860 What to do and see at North Point Lighthouse Explore and experience this unique Wisconsin historic treasure and museum. • Climb the 1888 74-foot tower for a spectacular 360° view of historic Lake Park, Lake Michigan and Milwaukee.

James Bomb Escape Room Mission
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James Bomb Escape Room Mission

CA $41

You and your team will be locked in a spy mission escape room at Escape MKE. This experience is for a maximum of 10 people. The duration of this experience is 60 minutes but allow for 90-minutes for the entire experience.

Reviews of Milwaukee

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 42%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 42%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 14%
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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Aug 23, 2019

didnt get a chance to see much during our stay. we used public transit to get downtown and it easy was easy to get there and back from the hotel.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Aug 10, 2019

To much construction and streets not very well marked

5/5 - Excellent

KG

Jul 24, 2019

A great city. Very friendly people. Great restaurants. Everything is no more than 15 minutes away.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 22, 2019

It is a great place to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 16, 2019

Great city. Clean. Friendly people, beautiful parks, wonderful trails to run/ride/walk. Night life is good. Felt safe everywhere.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 27, 2019

Awesome food and beer. That plus roufusport made this an awesome trip

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