The 77 Best Things To Do In Milwaukee! | A Local’s Guide to Milwaukee

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The 77 Best Things To Do In Milwaukee! | A Local’s Guide to Milwaukee

Milwaukee is a city full of life and with its fair share of weird and quirky corners that hold all sorts of secrets and adventures. It’s an old city. And, as such, has changed, expanded, and completely reinvented itself over and over since its inception in 1846. Milwaukee offers each visitor a unique opportunity to jump into a thriving, busy, contemporary city. Milwaukee is also the place we call home, that’s right we’ve spent all 30+ years of our life in Milwaukee. If you’re looking for things to do in Milwaukee, this list is a great place to start, but at 77 attractions and oddities, it’s only the smallest sliver of what’s available on any given day in Milwaukee.

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Things to do in Milwaukee

1. Harley Davidson Museum

One of Milwaukee’s biggest claims to fame is Harley Davidson. If you’re an avid road warrior or even an occasional rider, you’ll find the Harley Davidson Museum an absolute blast. As one of the premier things to do in Milwaukee, make sure to check it out. Everything Harley-Davidson is here!

400 W. Canal St, Milwaukee

2. Milwaukee Art Museum

Girl taking photo of the Milwaukee art museum

The Milwaukee Art Museum opened its first gallery in 1888, since then is has been collecting and preserving art and has grown into a truly fantastic experience. From the iconic “wings” on the Calatrava to the rotating galleries and collections. This signature Milwaukee experience has something for everyone.

700 N Art Museum Dr, Milwaukee

3. Milwaukee Public Museum

The first thing you’ll notice as you come into the Milwaukee Public Museum is the massive whale skeleton swimming through the air above you. One of the best things to do in Milwaukee, there is something here for everyone. The museum contains some great wonders and hours and hours of things to see and learn. Additionally, check out their website to see what rotating exhibits are on display!

800 W Wells St, Milwaukee

4. Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear

A quirky look at the late Avrum Chudnow’s collection of early 20th Century Americana. A fascinating, and educational look at the world of the 1900’s.

Address: 839 N 11th St, Milwaukee

5. Grohmann Museum

The collection here is dedicated to the evolution of human work. A fascinating idea, and one that is well worth a few hours wander. Also, this museum is housed in Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Campus, which is worth another wander. Take an afternoon and explore!

1025 North Broadway, Milwaukee

6. Betty Brinn Children’s Museum

If you have kids. You need to come here. The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum is designed with the goal of educating children in ways that help build critical skills during their younger years. It’s chock full of awesome, interactive exhibits and programs that help out the kids, as well as a whole slew of options that educate the caregivers. Don’t forget, it’s also a ton of fun!

929 E. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee

7. Discovery World

Don’t think this is just for kids! This is a fascinating museum with learning labs, the Reinman Aquarium, and interactive exhibits galore! Take the time to really explore this amazing place and have a ton of fun!

500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee

8. Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes)

Mitchell Park Domes Milwaukee

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Three geodesic domes each with their own biosphere. Explore the Desert Dome and wander through one of the best collections of succulents, shrubs, and cacti. Then explore the Tropical Dome and see the amazing diversity of the rainforests of five continents. Finally, make sure to check out the Floral Show Dome. Depending on the time of year, there are five seasonal displays and each one is fantastic.

524 S Layton Blvd, Milwaukee

9. Milwaukee County Zoo

Milwaukee County Zoo entrance

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It started in 1892 as a miniature bird and mammal display, it has grown into a massive zoo home to over 3,300 animals and on 23 acres. Hosting some spectacular rotating exhibits every year as well as some wonderful public attractions, this is a great one to check out on your tour of Milwaukee!

1001 W. Bluemound Rd, Milwaukee

10. Brady Street

Running nine blocks from Lake Michigan to the Milwaukee River. Brady Street showcases some fascinating stores and quirky corners of Milwaukee. One of the best things to do in Milwaukee, make sure to take a walk down it, no matter the time of year! There are tons of restaurants and bars to keep you busy all day long. Don’t forget to get a hot

11. Old World 3rd Street

Home to some of the oldest buildings in Milwaukee. This is a blast from the past and a wonderful way to take a step into the German influences of Milwaukee. Though the buildings are old, there are some spectacular contemporary restaurants and bars that fill the street. Make sure to check out some of what Old World 3rd Street has to offer!

12. Historic Third Ward

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Milwaukee’s Art and Fashion district. It’s home to some truly fantastic theaters, breweries, and more than its share of interesting places to eat and neat shops to explore. Third Ward is one of the best places to wander looking for inspiration on things to do in Milwaukee! Take some time and explore, we guarantee you’ll find something great!

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13. Bronze Fonz

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Aayyyy! Check out the Bronze Fonz on Wells Street in Downtown Milwaukee. Posing in front of the river, it’s a great place to get a photo with a piece of sitcom and Milwaukee, history.

N Riverwalk Way, Milwaukee

14. Basilica of St. Josaphat

Built in 1901, the Basilica of St. Josephat has been an icon of the Polish Religious Heritage in Milwaukee. It’s a beautiful structure and holds an incredible amount of Milwaukee History. Check it out for a quieter, more introspective look at Milwaukee.

2333 S. 6th St, Milwaukee, WI 53215

15. St. Joan of Arc Chapel

The oldest building in Milwaukee, by far. Built in the 15th century and the current heart of Marquette University.  St. Joan of Arc Chapel was brought onto Marquette Campus in the 1960’s and has resided there ever since. St. Joan of Arc Chapel is a fascinating aspect of Milwaukee, and Marquette University, history.

1250 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee

16. Milwaukee Pierhead Lighthouse

girl jumping at Northpoint lighthouse Milwaukee

Head to the photogenic lighthouse still in use located in Downtown Milwaukee, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon!

17. Miller Park

Miller Park Milwaukee Brewers stadium at night

Home of the Milwaukee Brewers with a retractable roof. It’s a baseball icon that is a must for any fans passing through the city. If you come during the warmer months, you can eat out on the pavilion, and overlook the field in this piece of baseball history.

1 Brewers Way, Milwaukee

18. Pabst Mansion

Pabst Mansion Milwaukee

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The home of Captain Frederick Pabst, of Pabst Breweries. It housed parties, weddings, and funerals and even the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee for more than sixty years. Since then, it has housed artwork and functions of all kinds. One of the iconic things to do in Milwaukee, make sure to stop here to see a piece of Milwaukee history.

2000 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee

19. Pabst Theater

The Pabst Theatre, also known as Milwaukee’s Jewel Box, was built in 1895 by Captain Frederick Pabst and designed in the style of great opera houses. This is a centerpiece of Milwaukee’s downtown theater district, as still keeps a busy, busy schedule. Make sure to check it out on your way through Milwaukee and see if you can catch a show or performance.

144 E Wells St, Milwaukee

20. Milwaukee Public Market

Milwaukee Public Market at night with traffic streaks

A truly Milwaukee experience. The Public Market is two story icon full of truly unique and independent vendors of all things delicious. In the middle of sightseeing and adventuring through Milwaukee, make sure to drop by for a cup of spectacular coffee, or wander the aisles looking for lunch, we guarantee it’ll be a challenge to figure out what you want!

400 N Water St, Milwaukee

21. Milwaukee River Walk

Milwaukee riverfront boardwalk downtown Milwaukee

A two-mile wander through downtown Milwaukee with direct access to some of the city’s best shops, bars, and restaurants. It’s a great way to get a feel of the city, as well as get some exploring in!

22. Veteran’s Park

A bustling site for races, festivals, and music Veteran’s Park always has something going on. And in the rare case, it’s a quiet night. It’s right along the lake and a beautiful walk.

1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee

23. Summerfest

Deep fried Wisconsin cheese curds

One of the premier things to do in Milwaukee. Summerfest if the world’s largest music festival. It spans 11 days with 11 staged. There are over 800 acts and more than a thousand performances. In true Wisconsin fashion, there will be plenty of beer & cheese curds available. If you love music, you have to check out Summerfest!

639 E. Summerfest Place, Milwaukee

24. The Spice House

The very first thing you’ll notice about The Spice House is how amazingly, phenomenally, incredibly, good it smells. This place has every spice, seasoning, or rub you’ve ever heard of, plus hundreds you haven’t. It one of the quieter things to do in Milwaukee, but make sure to check it out! You’ll learn something new and find all sorts of inspiration to cook!

1301 North Old World 3rd Street, Milwaukee

25. Usinger’s

Usinger’s sausage has been a staple of Milwaukee Cuisine for over 100 years. Started in 1880 by Frederick Usinger in 1880, it’s currently in its 3rd generation of family ownership and still producing and distributing some of the most delicious sausages you’ll ever have.

1030 N. Old World 3rd Street, Milwaukee

26. Cheese Mart

For all the cheese lovers out there. It started out as a small-time cheese shop in 1938, it’s expanded into a leading Wisconsin Cheese retailer. They have over 150 types of cheese and ship to all 50 states! Any cheese you could think of is here, and there will be a whole bunch more you’ve never heard of! Check it out and enjoy the little restaurant/bar next door. You’ll get to sample some of the wonderful deliciousness!

215 W. Highland Avenue, Milwaukee

27. Untapped Tours

Milwaukee’s most complete city tour! They cap the passenger list at 14, to ensure the experience has a personal feel. There are several options from a 3 hour “Milwaukee” tour to several quirkier ones such as brewery tours and some stops at a creamery. Each tour will be a unique experience!


28. Adventure Rock

Always wanted to try out some rock climbing? Or are you an avid climber who’s just looking for the next challenge? Adventure Rock has some of the best bouldering and climbing challenges around. Plus, they just opened an enormous new facility. Check it out for a little adventure in you next Milwaukee stop!

2220 N. Commerce St, Milwaukee

29. American Science and Surplus

Need a giant poster of an eyeball? Always wondered where to by gears and gizmos? Have a burning need for off the wall science equipment from the ‘80s and obscure glassware? American Science and Surplus is the place! It’s a blend between a garage sale and that crazy science teacher’s room in high school. As one of the kookiest things in Milwaukee, it’s completely fantastic!

6901 W Oklahoma Ave, Milwaukee

30. Schlitz Audubon Center

A hidden gem in Milwaukee, the Schlitz Audobon Center has miles of great hiking and is a spectacular natural escape in the middle of a busy city. Make sure to stop by and check out this beautiful, and peaceful place!

111 E. Brown Deer Rd, Milwaukee

31. Escape MKE

You’re in a team of 4-10 players and you have a goal, to escape the room! You’ll have to work together to solve puzzles, find keys, and figure out lock combinations in order to get out of the room before time is up! This is a great way to spend and afternoon, and a ton of fun. There are a variety of themed rooms and all of them are great. Make sure to check them out!

3333 N. Mayfair Rd. Suite 314, Milwaukee

32. Jazz in the Park

If you visit in the summer, make sure to check out Milwaukee’s free summer concert series that takes place every Thursday from June through the first weekend of September!

825 N. Jefferson St, Milwaukee

33. Hank Aaron Bike Trail

The Hank Aaron Trail is a great way to see some of the best parts of Milwaukee and still get out into nature. It provides a continuous connection from the lakefront to 94th place and will take you through wooded areas, prairies, urban sights, and river views. It’s a must see!


34. Bublr Bikes

Bublr Bikes have taken Milwaukee by storm. If you want to explore some locations, but not have to worry about parking, rent a Bublr bike. With a goal of 100+ Bublr Bike stations in the Milwaukee/Wauwatosa area by 2018, Bublr is well on the way towards promoting a healthier lifestyle, and getting bikes everywhere! Check them out for a fun way to explore!

Things to Eat in Milwaukee

35. Sobleman’s

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A relaxed pub and grill with some out-of-this world-burgers! A great atmosphere and truly Midwestern Bloody Marys make this a must go place anytime you stop in Milwaukee. Don’t forget to get some goeey fried cheese curds too!

1900 W. St. Paul Ave, Milwaukee

36. Blue’s Egg

One of the hottest breakfast spots in Milwaukee. Blue’s Egg serves everything delicious. Before you drop by, make sure you make some reservations. This place is constantly busy!

317 N 76th, Milwaukee

37. Solly’s Grille

It claims itself as the home of the original butter burger. And, according to Thrillist, it’s home to the best burger in WI. Whatever the case, this is a Milwaukee staple. Family owned and operated since 1936 this is a place you simply have to go to.

4629 N. Port Washington Rd, Milwaukee

38. Leon’s Frozen Custard

A Milwaukee landmark since 1942. Leon’s is one the great places to get custard in Milwaukee. They have daily flavors and serve a pretty great sandwich. Open year ‘round, make sure to check it out if you get a sudden sweet tooth.

3131 S. 27th St, Milwaukee

39. Kopp’s Frozen Custard

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The other fantastic custard place in Milwaukee. They have some truly out of this world flavors and some super great burgers. There have two flavors of the day as well as vanilla and chocolate custard. Plus, there is a sign of 101 reasons to come to Kopps. Which is great. Check it out!

18880 W. Bluemound Rd, Brookfield

40. Jake’s Deli

Like Reubens or Corned Beef Sandwiches? Then you gotta try Jakes Deli. It’s known for fantastic sandwiches and just all around great food.

1634 W. North Ave, Milwaukee

41. Three Brothers

For a more relaxed and laid back atmosphere reminiscent of grandma’s house. Check out Three Brothers fantastic Serbian cuisine and go with some time to spend, you will not be rushed.

2414 S. St. Clair St, Milwaukee

42. Miss Katie’s Diner

Milwaukee’s 50’s diner. Open 7 days a week with a full bar and located two blocks from Marquette University, it’s a pretty happening place with great food.

1900 West Clybourn St, Milwaukee

43. Maria’s Pizzeria

Maria’s Pizza is a cash only joint that serves some of the best thin crust in Milwaukee. It’s been around since 1957 and makes HUGE pizzas come hungry. And maybe with friends.

5025 W Forest Home Ave, Milwaukee

44. Pizza Man

Pizza Man is so much more than just a pizza joint. Though they do have some absolutely fantastic pizza. They also tout a phenomenal wine selection, one of the best in the entire Midwest, and have expanded from a small pizza joint to a wonderful fine dining experience. There are several locations around Milwaukee, and all are great.

2597 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee

45. Ian’s Pizza

Do you want macaroni and cheese pizza? How about smoked brisket and tots? This is the place for you! Ian’s is a walk in place that serves pizza by the slice, or by the pie, depending on what you want. But it’s a fantastic place to grab some truly unique pizza for pretty cheap. Make sure to check it out as you wander downtown.

2035 E North Ave, Milwaukee and 146 E Juneau Ave, Milwaukee

46. Mader’s Restaurant

A German restaurant that calls back to Milwaukee’s roots. Mader’s is an institution. Kennedy and Reagan ate here as well as a whole slew of politicians and other famous faces. Mader’s is a place to feel the pulse of the city, and check out some great German cuisine!

1041 N. Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee

47. Odd Duck

Odd Duck is inspired by local ingredients and has a menu designed to be shared, tapas style! There is some fantastic food here, and the menu is always changing. From the moment you walk it, the Odd Duck is a unique experience that will absolutely blow you away.

2352 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee

48. Wolf Peach

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A 6,000-pound wood-fired oven is a rather large part of this wonderful restaurant. Working with local ingredients, and attempting to foster a sense of community with food. Wolf Peach is a wonderful experience with out of this world food. Come with friends and enjoy the laid back atmosphere and unique feel of this wonderful place.

1818 N. Hubbard St, Milwaukee

Places to Drink in Milwaukee

49. My Office

A fun dive bar located downtown. It’s a laid back place that serves $2 PBR’s and some pretty great food. Make sure to wander by. You won’t regret it.

763 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee

50. Koz’s Mini Bowl

It has four mini bowling lanes! It’s the last Duckpin Bowling Lane in the U.S. There are some fantastic prices and a fun atmosphere (check out the lion) that make this a truly Milwaukee experience.

2078 S. 7th St, Milwaukee

51. Wolski’s

A low-key bar that serves has some great nightly offers. Happy hour runs from 2-7, Monday through Friday. Also, if you stay late enough. You’ll get and “I closed Wolski’s” Bumper Sticker.

1836 N Pulaski St, Milwaukee

52. Holler House

Home of the oldest certified bowling alley in the U.S. This is a treasure. If you want to play, call ahead, as they have to round up some local kids to set pins for you. But this is a taste of old world glory with the tin roof and fun feel. Make sure to check it out.

2042 W. Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee

53. Uptowner

Called “The Home of the Beautiful People” The Uptowner has been going for over 100 years. With a rich history starting with Mr. Schlitz himself (so it’s said) to the diverse and relaxed atmosphere of today. The Uptowner is known for its cheap drinks, relaxed, blue collar atmosphere, and great live music!

1032 E Center St, Milwaukee

54. Milwaukee Ale House

Milwaukee Ale House Brewery Milwaukee riverfront

Located in the heart of 3rd Ward, Milwaukee Ale House is one of the best stops on the river walk. It has two distinct bars and both are spectacular. The Ale House Bar is one of the best night spots in Milwaukee with live music several nights a week, and some house brews on tap, it’s a truly wonderful place. Downstairs is the Hopside Down. It’s a more intimate Irish style bar with patio access and a laid back vibe. No matter what you’re looking for, Milwaukee Ale House will be able to accommodate!

233 North Water Street, Milwaukee

55. Safehouse

It’s a SPY BAR!! If you don’t know the password, you have to undergo a series of challenges at the door, all of which are televised to the other patrons in the bar. If you do know the password, don’t tell anyone. It’s a city secret. The Safehouse is everything spy and ridiculous slammed together with alcohol. If you’re seeking things to do in Milwaukee that is a little different, this is your answer. There are hidden doors, spy games, and a noir-tinged martini menu that make this a great place to visit!

779 N Front St, Milwaukee

56. Dukes on Water

A great sports bar located downtown. Dukes on Water has cheap drinks and a fun atmosphere that always has a good crowd. It has a $1 Happy Hour every day!

158 E. Juneau Ave, Milwaukee

57. Rascals

A cheap dive bar that fulfills all the expectations of a dive bar. It’s a little dark, the drinks are cheap and there are some great regulars that come through. Rascals also has a 1$ happy hour and great service.

2311 N Murray Ave, Milwaukee

58. Nine Below

The world’s first Maker’s Golf Tavern. You can drink and putt on away at a mini golf course that’s located underground! And here’s the best part, you get to design your mini golf hole before you start. Then, you will play a 9 hole round with your course, and 8 other courses that other teams designed. Just make sure to call ahead and get everything set up. This is a truly unique bar with some great opportunities!

1905 E North Ave, Milwaukee

59. Evolution

You. Can. Play. Ping. Pong. Which is kind of the best thing ever. There is also life-sized Jenga. Which makes it even better. This is a happening bar with a lot going on and located right in Downtown 3rd Ward. Check it out with some friends for a great time, and a truly memorable experience.

1023 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee

60. Lounge 42

Lounge 42 is every nerd’s dream. Ever wanted to crush someone in Halo while drinking beer in a bar?  This would be your place. There are twitch streams and board games for every gaming interest. This is a unique and fun bar that’s a nice break from the traditional bar scene.

326 E. Mason, Milwaukee, WI 53202

61. Splash Bar

For a more cultured drinking experience, check out the Splash Bar! Call ahead a book a spot, then you can come in and paint while you drink. It’s a great time, and unique way to spend an evening.  They also host various events such as New Year’s Parties and a follow along painting parties where you are instructed on how to create a cool piece of art!

184 N Broadway, Milwaukee

62. Beer Gardens

If you’re here in the warmer months, make sure to check out some of the beer gardens (“biergartens” in German) in the area. It’s a great place to grab some German food and brews, and relax in a communal setting. It’s everyone’s favorite thing to do in Milwaukee!

Here is a couple of the most popular:

  • Hoyt Park 1800 N Swan Blvd, Wauwatosa
  • Estabrook Beer Garden 4600 Estabrook Pkwy, Milwaukee
  • Beer Garden at Hubbard Park 3565 N Morris Blvd, Shorewood

63. Café Hollander/Benelux

Based off of European grand café’s the whole idea is a comfortable place to meet with friends over espresso, a meal, or a strong beer. Hosting a truly spectacular beer menu with hundreds of brews and a phenomenal kitchen, this is a place for every taste.

7677 W. State St, Wauwatosa

Breweries and Distilleries in Milwaukee

64. Great Lake Distillery

A small batch distillery that creates fine liquors using old world methods. They use local ingredients as much as possible, which makes each product unique and a true piece of Wisconsin! Tours are available and they last about an hour with a tasting of a flight of 6 product. The total fee is $10.

616 W. Virginia St, Milwaukee

65. Sprecher Brewery

We all know Sprecher from their award winning root beer that can be found everywhere. But, did you know they also make beer? Come on by and check out this Milwaukee treasure, and some of the secrets you may not have realized about it. They have a tour that you have to book ahead of time. Afterward, you can sample any of their 20 beers and 10 sodas!

701 W Glendale Ave, Milwaukee

66. Brenner Brewery

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Brenner is a local brewery that supports the artistic community of Milwaukee. On their six packs, and bottles you can see original artwork from Milwaukee residents.  If you go for a tour, You’ll probably get one from Mike Brenner, the owner. He’ll give a great insight into the process, plus give you a great personality and some hilarious stories. (There’s a reason baseball hats are suspended from a pole on the ceiling.) And, of course, their beer is delicious.

706 S 5th St, Milwaukee

67. Lakefront Brewery

One of the best brewery tours around. Make sure to check out Lakefront and discover who will be crowned the bung queen! Don’t know what that is? That’s ok. It’s a ton of fun and they’ll tell you all about it!  They brew spectacular beer and offer tours most days. Check out their website and get all the info you would need. They range from $8 to a $30 technical tour for homebrewers.

1872 N Commerce St, Milwaukee

68. Milwaukee Brewing Company

This is one of Milwaukee’s gems. A craft brewery creating a great beer that, in addition to being delicious, will make you laugh. The tours here are great and are “Beer in Hand” meaning you get to drink beer while you ask questions and learn about the beer!

613 S 2nd St, Milwaukee

69. Miller Brewery

It’s Miller Time! Get a personal tour guide through the history of Milwaukee beer and wander through 155 years of brewing history. Explore this fascinating large-scale brewery and iconic label in beer history.

4251 W. State St, Milwaukee

70. Pabst Brewery

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The home of PBR! One of the definitive things to do in Milwaukee! Take a tour through the historic Pabst brewery and Mansion to check out this iconic chapter in brewing history.

901 W Juneau Ave, Milwaukee

Places to Stay in Milwaukee

71. Iron Horse Hotel Milwaukee

One hundred years ago the building was a warehouse. Now it’s an upscale hotel created with both bikers and business travelers alike. It has a warm, inviting atmosphere with a spectacular restaurant and a modern feel that showcases art, events, and is dog-friendly. Even if you’re not planning on staying, the Iron Horse is a truly Milwaukee experience that never fails to entertain.

500 W. Florida St, Milwaukee

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72. Hilton Garden Inn

Housed in the Historic Loyalty Building. This is a beautiful hotel. There is a lot of old world elegance paired with modern amenities that make this a relaxing and wonderful place to stay. Located right in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, it’s moments from dozens of restaurants, shops, museums, and attractions!

611 N. Broadway, Milwaukee

73. Pfister Hotel Milwaukee

Built in 1893, the Pfister has been a staple of Milwaukee Elegance for over 100 years. Everything in this hotel exudes a sense of class and style. Enjoy the night in beautiful rooms with impeccable service. The Pfister is a truly wonderful experience that harkens back to the glory of yesteryear.

424 E. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee

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74. Ambassador Hotel Milwaukee

The Ambassador is all about 1920’s grandeur. From the first glimpse of its neon sign and Art Deco facade, the Ambassador lives up to its reputation. With a beautiful interior full of timeless elegance, the Ambassador is all about relaxation and comfort in the most respectable of ways.

2308 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee

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75. Intercontinental Hotel Milwaukee

Right in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, the Intercontinental manages to blend upscale chic with a vibrant nightlife. Adjacent to the Milwaukee River Walk and housing the fantastic restaurant Kil@wat, the Intercontinental is the ideal destination for those seeking an adventure while also needing a little luxury.

139 E Kilbourn Ave. Milwaukee

76. Aloft Hotel Milwaukee

Located right by Milwaukee Riverwalk and the 3rd Ward. Aloft offers something for everyone, especially the food lover. Eateries, boutiques, brewpubs, and so much more are moments from the door not to mention their own spectacular W XYZ Bar that has an extensive menu with everything from great wine to interesting cocktails!

1230 Old World Third Street, Milwaukee

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77. Knickerbocker Hotel Milwaukee

The Knickerbocker is a restored, classic boutique hotel located lakeside.It retains much of its old world charm while still providing a modern and efficient stay for the more business minded travelers. Its location puts it in prime walking distance for many of the festivals that Milwaukee hosts throughout the year. Each room and suite is unique with styles varying from French Country to Victorian. Every stay at the Knickerbocker is going to be a unique, and wonderful experience.

1028 E. Juneau Ave, Milwaukee

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This is only a list of the smallest sliver of what’s available any day in Milwaukee. It’s some of our favorite things, and places we enjoy most. If you have some ideas or thoughts, make sure to tell us. We hope you enjoy your adventures in Milwaukee!

Written by Corwin Holzman-Crass. He’s got his own blog here. Check him out for adventures in karate, travel, writing, and everything in between.

  • Greg Kennon
    Posted at 07:38h, 27 January Reply

    Not sure if we have time for 77 things,,,but we would really like to go there for a weekend sometime soon! Thanks for the great info:)

    • Adam
      Posted at 07:14h, 31 January Reply

      There is a ton to do in Milwaukee, but a lot can be cover in a weekend! You should make the trip to Milwaukee this summer!

  • Natalie
    Posted at 11:12h, 28 January Reply

    I am woefully undertraveled in my own country–I need to explore of the U.S. instead of heading outside of the country all of the time! I flew into Milwaukee several years ago, but immediately left to go visit my then-boyfriend’s family who lived out in Eau Claire. Looking back, I definitely should’ve skipped out on the family time (he and I broke up not long afterwards) to tour Milwaukee instead! 🙂 🙂 Hindsight’s 20/20, right? Adding Milwaukee to our list of places in the States to see!

    • Adam
      Posted at 07:06h, 31 January Reply

      Milwaukee is our hometown and every time we go back there always new things to do in Milwaukee! It’s a great city, but if it’s your first visit I would suggest visiting in the summer! Milwaukee is more fun then!

  • Waqas ahmad
    Posted at 04:40h, 28 February Reply

    77 things to do in Milwaukee is quite a lot of read. Sharing your experience about Milwaukee will give a lot of insights to readers, travelers, and writers.

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 15:40h, 07 March Reply

      Glad we could give you some tips on things to do in Milwaukee! Let us know if you have any other questions we know this city well it’s our hometown!

      • Sue O'Keefe
        Posted at 15:43h, 17 April Reply

        You’ve got a great list here. You might mention the beautiful smaller museums, Villa Terrace and The Charles Allis. They both are unique as having once been residences of prominent Milwaukee people. I’m thinking the red lighthouse in your photos is not the North Point Lighthouse. The North Point Lighthouse and the museum is in Lake Park and is painted white I believe..

        • Hannah Lukaszewicz
          Posted at 08:50h, 04 May Reply

          There are tons of things to do in Milwaukee! Thanks for the update on the lighthouse, I fixed that. Some day we need to spend the entire day just being a tourist in Milwaukee. See you soon Susan!

  • Brennon
    Posted at 13:10h, 09 March Reply

    I appreciate this post so much! My boys and I are currently visiting all 50 states in 365 days (this year). And, since we won’t be able to do our Smoky Mountains trip this weekend because of the snowstorm, we are headed to Milwaukee! And, this list has been amazing for planning! Thanks so much! Brennon

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 17:38h, 12 March Reply

      Hope you and the boys have an epic trip to Milwaukee. Let us know if you have any other Milwaukee questions. Bummer to hear about the snowstorm messing with your travel plans but I am sure you will get there soon. Safe travels.

  • Barbara Ray-Velazquez
    Posted at 05:21h, 16 April Reply

    Two more beer gardens in Bay View,,,Humboldt Park and South Shore Park

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 13:24h, 17 April Reply

      Thanks for the tips. We’ve been to the one in Bay View & Humboldt Park. Maybe we’ll bump into you at one of them! Safe travels.

  • Riva Treasure
    Posted at 14:38h, 31 May Reply

    Dang! You really hit them all! Love them!

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 17:23h, 31 May Reply

      We tried but there are still a ton of amazing things to do in Milwaukee.

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