CAN YOU GUESS WHAT'S IN THE PICTURE?
You think this is an old church? Some city building? No, it is the old offices of the Pabst Brewing Company from the time of Frederick Pabst himself. He built this to be one of the largest breweries in the world. If you are out for a walk you can find this old "ghost brewery" that is about to be turned into an entertainment complex.
"Visit the Milwaukee Zoo"
The Milwaukee Zoo has more than 2500 different animals in wonderful authentic settings. Right now they have an exhibit about "Dogs", which explores the relationship between man and canine. They have lots of interesting exhibits and facts.
If you visit the zoo, you must be a kid again and ride the zoomobile for $1.50. Also, it's a great idea to bring a picnic lunch and blanket. Not only can you save money from over priced poor cafeteria food, but there are a lot of pretty spots to lay a blanket down and enjoy a nice lunch in the sunshine!
From April 1 - October 31, 2004
Junior (3 to 12): $6.00
Child (2 and under): FREE
Senior Citizens (60 and over): $8.00
Parking is $7
Visit on these days, and you can enter free:
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A Unique Museum Dedicated to Advertising
As far as I know there are only two museums in the US dedicated to advertising and design. They are in Portland, Oregon, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Eisner Museum of Advertising and Design is a quality museum in a beautiful and unique architectural space. You will learn alot about the advertising industry from this museum, beyond seeing some great ad designs from the past and present. It's easy to find on Water Street and Buffalo in the Third Ward.
A Trip into Another Dimension
Anyone who wants to experience the heart and soul of this town must visit Goldmann's, a 100-year old department store on 10th & Mitchell. This place is a department store of old, complete with a lunch counter and full selection of candies. You will find things here at Goldmann's that will find nowhere else. Period. Need a babuschka? They got 'em. A zoot suit? Got them, too. There are three levels, and each is like a different plane of reality. There's level 2 1/2 (really a full wrap-around balcony) where you will find the things that really have no "department" to belong to. Here you can purchace an old-style telephone, with the ear piece that you pick up, a porcelin John Hancock liquor container, and a full-motion musical doll of Tony Bennett.
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Not Just Any Brewery Tour...
So you're in Milwaukee and you want to tour a brewery. There's three to choose from: Miller, Lakefront and Sprecher. Miller gives you a slickly produced PR piece at the beginning and free beer at the end. Not bad for the money. But if you want to spend five bucks and get the best beer this side of the Rhine and get a rollicking good time as well, head over to Commerce Street for the Lakefront Brewery tour. This place makes only 3,000 barrels a year of the most tasty handcrafted brews you can imagine. It's housed in an historic Cream City brick building that once housed the repair shops for the streetcar lines. The people who give the tours are hilarious. Unlike Miller, you really get up close and personal to the brewing process. That's really the reason why everyone should go to Lakefront: it's educational.
- Beer Tasting
The Friendliest Bar on Earth
You know Angelo's Piano Bar is a great place when you walk in the front door and witness Angelo himself belting out Sinatra tunes with the all of the heart and swagger of old blue eyes. But Angelo has a one-up on Frank: he plays a mean trumpet. This is a tiny bar where a table can be hard to come by on a weekend night. The clientele are mostly old-timers who pass the mike and sing (they all sing very well) Tony Bennet songs and old show tunes to a live pianist. Not karaoke, these guys know the songs by heart and are serious about singing them. There's a poster -size blow-up of Angelo posing with Tony Bennett on the wall.
- Theater Travel
St. Joan of Arc Chapel
Moved brick by brick from near Lyon, France to New York City in 1927 and then to the Marquette Univeristy Campus in 1966, this is the oldest Gothic structure in the Western Hemisphere. The construction date isn't quite known (I saw many differing numbers while researching this) but inside is a stone Joan of Arc prayed on before doing battle against the English in 1429. Located in the central mall of the University, which is west of downtown, on the other side of I-43.
I like to visit Port Washington, a fishing community maybe 25/30 miles North of Milwaukee along the shore of Lake Michigan. There's fishing for those who fish, and restaurants to eat fish for those who don't. My favorite is the Lake Perch sandwich at Smith Brothers Fish Market.
Visiting the Historic 3rd Ward...
Visiting the Historic 3rd Ward section of the city. If you like antiques, classy lunches and gallery shopping...there is lot's to look at. The buildings are old and interesting as well. Movies have even been filmed in this section of town.
My arrival also coincided with...
My arrival also coincided with that of a circus - the first inkling I had that we were approaching one was the view of a gigantic pink elephant lazily floating through the air a few hundred metres away from me. Once I reminded myself that I had yet to consume any of Milwaukee's famous beverage and that therefore the thing must be real I was quite happy to spend a short while watching them set up the tents and displays.
The day I arrived in Milwaukee...
The day I arrived in Milwaukee was one of those really pleasant Summer afternoons - neither too hot or cold - and I couldn't help but feel I was possibly seeing the city in its best light. We spent a pleasant few hours down at the park by the shore of Lake Michigan, from where I snapped this hopelessly unimpressive view of the city skyline!
Although a relatively young...
Although a relatively young city in the global scale of things, Milwaukee has a great appreciation for its heritage, both architecturally and historically. If there check out Historical Milwaukee Inc. They organise some great little walking tours around different areas, I recommend you try them out round the downtown area yourself. I found the history aspect of it quite anecdotal and not at all dry, a very pleasant way to acquaint oneself with a strange town and its rich past. Some buildings, like the County Courthouse pictured here, are designed to invite awe and curiosity - but it is some of the smaller residential and commercial sites that are included on the tour that yield the most fascinating stories!
Egypt in Milwaukee?
The Shriner's building on Wisconsin Ave is a private place, but sometimes they give tours of the inside. If you can get the opportunity, it is incredible to see!
Leif Erickson Statue
Milwaukee honors Leif, son of Eric, who crossed the North Atlantic a thousand years ago. It's in the lakefront park, near where State deadends at Prospect.
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George Washington Statue
The First President of the United States stands guard above Wisconsin Avenue, on the western edge of downtown Milwaukee.
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