Milwaukee Travel Guide

  • Milwaukee Art Museum and Cudahy Gardens
    Milwaukee Art Museum and Cudahy Gardens
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    Looking Toward Usinger's Sausage...
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  • The Art Museum Looking North
    The Art Museum Looking North
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Milwaukee Things to Do

  • Milwaukee Art Museum

    We didn't really have the time to visit the museum exhibits since our main destination on our short weekend tour was at Italian Festival, but as we arrived in Milwaukee and drove through the downtown area to find a parking spot we turned down Wisconsin Street and were almost overwhelmed by what to me look like the tail of a giant white whale. As...

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  • Milwaukee Public Museum

    This is a nice museum with a really good IMAX/planetarium theater too. My only complaint is almost nothing in it has changed in the last 30 years, but you wouldn't guess that your first time going, the exhibits feel fresh. There are exhibits from all over the world, a prehistoric area, rain forest, a butterfly pavilion, and of course focus on...

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  • The Domes - Mitchell Park Conservatory

    This is a great thing to do in winter when you'd rather be in the tropics. There is a tropical dome where you can see cocoa, vanilla, bananas and probably other edibles being grown. There is a desert dome (which happened to be closed the day we went) and a show dome, This time there was a steampunk train display and a previous time I went there was...

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Milwaukee Restaurants

  • Great Frozen Custard

    This is one of the main old frozen custard places in Milwaukee, a city where frozen custard is an established tradition, and their frozen custard is probably the best I have ever had. They only have a small range of flavours, but the taste and texture are outstanding and the workers run it very professionally and efficiently, indicating that they...

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  • Great Brewpub

    This is a very good brewpub with great food and good beer in an interesting old brick building in the Historic Third Ward at the southern edge of downtown. It overlooks the river and has some nice seating looking onto the river, as well. We had very good, friendly and efficient service. it's good for adults and children alike. They have some great...

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  • New coffee location in the Fifth Ward

    Alterra's newest location is in an old industrial building in the Fifth Ward - which is actually just south of the Third Ward, across the N. Water Street Bridge and over the Milwaukee River. It's everything that we love about Alterra - which means that it's very popular, too. Parking is somewhat limited, they do have a lot but it quickly fills up....

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Milwaukee Nightlife

  • Great Neighborhood Bar

    Actually I think they open at 7:00 AM so this is not so much a "nightlife" tip as it is a "good place to find a cold beer" tip. Notice the Blatz sign -- they actually serve Blatz on tap, along with Miller products. They have imports in bottles If you would enjoy abeer in a neighborhood pub atmosphere this is the place. The building is historic,...

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  • WHERE THE YOUNGER CROWD GOES

    Mel's is in the Heart of the Water Street bar scene in Milwaukee. Mel's has a great bar, cool building, and big screen TV's. Another cool historic building of "cream brick" as they call it in Milwaukee. just show up!

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  • "We Stumbled Upon This Gem!"

    We found this spot on the Riverfront on a casual stroll one night. In this area there are a number of outdoor cafes that are perfect to sit down with someone special and enjoy.At the Rock Bottom Brewery at night, there are lights that dance on the water here, music that beckons you indoors.This place had nice ambiance, drinks, and appetizers. I...

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Milwaukee Transportation

  • Milwaukee's airport is...

    Milwaukee's airport is Mitchell (MKE is the code). If you have a layover, there is a great used bookstore in the terminal, outside the security screening. And grab some frozen custard, too, at Northpoint. It's worth the calories.

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  • Renaissance Books: A Mitchell Airport...

    An advantage of flying into Milwaukee's Mitchell Field - and incentive for changing planes there - is the opportunity to visit Renaissance Books, an excellent independent bookseller that leases space in the main terminal. I always find books here that I NEED. It is SO REFRESHING to visit an airport bookstore that is not just a watered down "chain"...

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  • New Intermodal (Bus & Train) Station...

    Milwaukee has a nifty new downtown train station, actually an "intermodal" which also serves connecting bus routes. (It was officially opened in late fall 2007) It's convenient, clean, and easily accessible. Kudos to the Civic and State leaders who found the money for this new and thoughtful public facility! And yet more praise to architect Greg...

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Milwaukee Shopping

  • "Lakefront Festival of Arts"

    June 18,19,20, 2004With all the wonderful artists that exhibit their works here, you should have a hard time narrowing down which pieces to buy. There are wonderful photographs, watercolors, glass jewelry, and more!While you browse through the different tents, you are serenaded by a variety of musical artists playing string instruments as well .If...

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  • It's helpful to have a downtown mall

    It's helpful to have a downtown shopping mall for the essential things of life. The Shops of Grand Avenue don't provide a "thrilling retail experience," but it's good to be able to get the necessities of life in an urban setting - and for better or for worse, we Americans do love our malls. The Shops of Grand Avenue aren't a destination for luxury...

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  • Asian furnishings you won't find at Pier...

    ArtAsia offers the discerning collector a chance to see an entire range of fine home furnishings and objet's art that you won't find at Target and Pier One - the things that are the REAL THING, not simply inexpensive mass-produced knock-offs (not that I'm knocking knock-offs, mind you.)The owner-curator of ArtAsia has stocked the store with...

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Milwaukee Local Customs

  • Polish Festival

    Polish Festival in Milwaukee is the largest in the country, with around 25000 attending over the course of three days. Its a golden opportunity to dance, to eat, to drink, and to enjoy the music. We saw demonstrations from the Polish army, Polish-American dog breeders, exhibits from the EU, and Polish handicrafts, crystal and more.

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  • Vocal Segregation at "Tenor High School"

    I'm not sure how I feel about the Roman Catholic Diocese of Milwaukee having a separate high school just for tenors. On the one hand, we all know that tenors are special people who require careful treatment. On the other hand, I've always felt that "mainstreaming" is a good idea for them, because the more time they spend in the company of "normal...

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  • don't even attempt to be nice.

    maybe it is just because Milwaukee is a good size city... or maybe all of the cold bitter winters have coated the hearts of many wisconsinites... either way...Milwaukee, WI has a HUGE attitude problem. words like "manners", "polite", and "sweet" are non exsistant in WI. I remember seeing a pregnant woman struggling with her toddler's stroller in a...

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Milwaukee Warnings and Dangers

  • Ignorant Reviews on this Website

    Milwaukee is safe. The only bad parts are the innercity north side and around 5th and Lincoln. According to the MPD 98% of Crimes in Milwaukee occur on a targeted victim that they knew prior to the crime. There aren't many random acts of violence in Milwaukee. It's a safe city. Milwaukee's East Side and downtown is virtually crime free. Im assuming...

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  • Milwaukee has some bad spots but overall...

    The only area I advise to stay away from is the Inner city Northside. Streets like Locust and Center are Milwaukee's worst streets. However 98% of crime in Milwaukee according to police data has a targeted victim that they knew prior to the crime. Very few crimes are committed in the day and the majority are at night. Whoever is saying that West...

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  • The Hot Spots

    Milwaukee demographics are unique because it is still very racially seperated in residential neighborhoods but has a distinct core and what some people call ghetto pockets further out. This is for the City proper, not the county as a whole. Most of the suburbs of Milwaukee are as a whole pretty decent, or not nearly as bad as the City itself....

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Milwaukee Tourist Traps

  • "Skip The Indian Bingo Casino!"

    This place is just another trap to relieve you of you money! I guess if you really enjoy gambling then you should go, but I think there are so many better places to spend your time and money! Please make sure you go with a certain amount of money that you're willing to lose. Once you reach that point (even if it is in the first five minutes),...

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  • Miller Brewery Tour

    The slideshow/video is one of the worst pieces of propaganda I've ever seen. The dialogue is scripted and hokey. And the best part of the tour, the 3 free drinks at the end, is hurried. It's fitting though, swill beer is not meant to be lingered upon. Try to ditch out of most of the tour. The architecture of the complex is actually very...

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Milwaukee What to Pack

  • morbidly hot summers

    light weight, shorts, short sleeves, tanks, etc. originally I am from GA, but i have lived in WI for 4-5 years. personally, I think that the summers in Milwaukee WI are unbearable. It seems like they would be mild, but my first summer there I was a complete wreak, everytime I went outside of a nice, cool building the heat would smack me dead in...

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  • TWO sides of winter

    Winter one: Nov-Jan:Bring sweaters, hats, scarves, gloves, warm socks, a jacket or vest. heavy jeans, slacks. sunglasses to help block the bitterly cold wind. Winter Two: Jan-March:bring all of the above including a heavier coat, a pair of long johns (if you have to be out in the weather for long periods of time) bring snow shoes, and ear...

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Milwaukee Off The Beaten Path

  • TIM & TOM'S CHEESE IN KENOSHA,...

    After our visit to Milwaukee and now on our way to Libertyville to see Deecat, we made a little pit stop to a couple of "Wisconsin Cheese" Outlets. One was TIM & TOM'S CHEESE located on 2614 120th Ave. Kenosha. Just as you walk in, there is a display table with free samples of cheese spreads and crackers. Of course I had to try the different...

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  • MARS ' CHEESE CASTLE

    The second and more popular cheese outlet was MARS' CHEESE CASTLE which was located at 2800 120th Avenue, Kenosha, Wisconsin. This was a HUGE place, with a tremendous amount of products available, including cheeses, wine, specialty chocolates, sausages, specialty groceries, souvenirs and gifts. Mars Cheese Castle has been in business for over 45...

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  • Bike the Oak Leaf Trail

    Some locals don't even know this exists. Most don't know how truly huge it is. About 90 miles of mixed-use paths make up the Oak Leaf Trail. The sections nearest to where I live go past the Milwaukee river. One of the most popular sections runs along the lake, past beaches, parks and incredible buildings. The trail also connects to Lakeshore State...

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Milwaukee Sports & Outdoors

  • Miniature Bowling

    Koz's Mini Bowl is one of the few remaining miniature bowling lanes around! Balls are the size of grapefruits and the pind are the size of coke bottles! Pins are set by neighborhood kids who want to earn some tips. Very unique fun!

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  • Bowling, old school

    Hollar house is the nation's oldest sanctioned bowling hall! It's in the basement of a cute, old lady's house and the pins are set by hand! This is Graceland for bowling enthusiasts! Bring your own shoes.

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  • Even if the team isn't great...

    the stadium is! I took my very first trip out to Miller Park (I know, I'm a little slow with stuff like this) and had a blast! I hadn't been to a Brewer's game since I was 7 and it was played in the old stadium so I thought... even if I don't like baseball I had to at least see the park! Passing the stadium on the freeway all the time, it looks...

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Milwaukee Favorites

  • Milwaukee Art Museum

    I have been 2 times in Milwaukee and I absolutely enjoyed the art museum.Unique building,wonderful location on the lake. absolutely loved the art museum

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  • Public Museum

    Visiting the MPM - the Public Museum - is a must here.You can enjoy its exibits and features. One of them is the IMAX Dome Theater where we managed to see two movies. Visiting the Public Museum and walking downtown.

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  • Wisconsin Gas Building (1930)

    Classic Art Deco Office Building on the eastern side of downtown. Influenced by the classic step pyramids of Egypt and Babylonia - not to mention New York and Chicago!Designed by the local firm of Eschweiler & Eschweiler, the Wisconsin Gas Building is sky-lit beautifully at night. And the top of the tower serves as a nightime local weather...

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Milwaukee Public Market
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Milwaukee Public Museum
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Milwaukee City Hall
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Milwaukee & West Allis
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Milwaukee is safe, as long as you know how to act.
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Big Churches - St. Josaphat's Basilica (1901)
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Charles Allis Museum
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Good breakfast on the North Side
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Marquette campus classic
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Premier gastropub in the Third Ward
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Eastside diner with a tail behind it
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Historic Teas, Breakfast & lunch place downtown
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Ralph Lauren goes to a biker bar?
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Inexpensive Chinese by the Airport
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Pho Consciousness
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Suburban outpost of popular brewpub
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Localvore haven in Walker's Point
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East Side Bistro with Italian Accent
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Crazy Good in Walker's Point
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Segregated City
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Tapas style goodness
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Summertime
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Tried of the put down
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Street Walkers!!! Gang Bangers!!!!
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Cuban Food!
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Great East Indian cuisine
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Service fit for a king!
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Excellent hard-to-describe bar opened in Sep. '03
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Irishfest! And other fests...
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Hogs
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Historic Third Ward
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"Ferry Across Lake Michigan To Muskegon, MI"
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"See Your Favorite Bands Play Live At Summerfest!"
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The Rep
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Ferch's Frozen Custard -- Greendale, WI
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Summerfest Music Festival
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Take a Walk Along the River
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Built in 1924
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