Experience Milwaukee's Cool Beer Culture, Festivals and Art Scene on Your Next Visit
My Perfect Day
Fuel up with a bagel brunch at Allie Boy's before renting a boat at the Milwaukee Kayak Company. Many people paddle north into downtown on the Milwaukee River, but I like going westward onto the Menomonee and Kinnickinnic.
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This 3-mile path along the Milwaukee River winds past restaurants, shops, pubs and art, including the Bronze Fonz (an homage to Henry Winkler's Happy Days character).
The revamped 20-acre campus offers a great dose of Americana and is a must for Harley fans. Exhibits include a chance to take a virtual "ride" on a hog.*
Milwaukee Public Market
In the lively Historic Third Ward, browse spices, sweet treats and wine, plus nosh on fresh seafood, tacos or vegan comfort food.
Milwaukee Art Museum
Among the 30,000 masterpieces is the Quadracci Pavilion, an architectural marvel topped with 217-foot "wings" that open, flap and close each day (weather permitting).
A concert venue and home to the NBA's Bucks, this glitzy arena anchors a lot of cool development, including one of the city's beer gardens.
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Where to Eat
Start the day with tricked-out hash browns, end it with lobster—and in the middle, watch out for flying peanuts.
It's hard to beat the Classic Benedict with ham and poached eggs at Blue's Egg— but hash browns stuffed with goat cheese? Sold.
Peanut shells litter the floor and crayon graffiti decorates the walls at A J Bombers, a fun burger joint where overhead "bombers"deliver peanuts.
The waterfront Harbor House combines Lake Michigan views with New England-style seafood, such as scallops, sea bass, salmon and lobster.
Worth the Splurge
At Sanford, James Beard Award-winner Justin Aprahamian creates seasonal fare—like a cucumber gazpacho with basil cream or pear compote with blue cheese—plus dishes influenced by his Armenian heritage.
Ardent chef-owner Justin Carlisle grew up on a Wisconsin farm and serves inventive multicourse meals that never feel pretentious. The place is tiny, with only about 20 seats; try to snag one with a view of the open kitchen.
It's a Date!
Oui, Bastille Days is back (July 14–17, 2022). One of the largest French fetes in the U.S. takes place in Cathedral Square Park. Expect live music, a global market, chef and wine demos, French and Cajun cuisine, roaming buskers, and a 43-foot-tall EiffelTower replica.
Kopp's Frozen Custard has been dishing out cold treats and jumbo burgers since 1950. Look for the custard Flavor of the Day. (They rotate dozens of varieties.)
Check out Discovery World science center's flight simulator, a 3D tour of Earth, Les Paul's House of Sound, and a touch tank full of sharks and stingrays.
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The free Lake Michigan sandscape of Bradford Beach is a summer hot spot. Bring a towel and relax, or get in on soccer, beach volleyball, yoga or Frisbee.
Where to Stay
Built in 1893, The Pfister Hotel is a grande dame of lodging, offering luxury stays amid Romanesque Revival architecture and the largest Victorian art collection of any hotel in the world.