Milwaukee Visitors Guide
Milwaukee is known for its scrappy, blue-collar roots: breweries, manufacturing and shipping put it on the map. Today, the city embraces that heritage, but gives it a new twist. The waterfront, once blighted, now features walking and biking trails. Polka and beer—remnants of the city’s German and Polish heritage—have been re-embraced by new generations. The city also takes advantage of Wisconsin’s many farms with local, seasonal fare at its many downtown restaurants. Arts, entertainment, sports and a great food scene: Milwaukee has it all.
Reasons to Visit Milwaukee
Best Bet: Quadracci Pavilion
In 2001, the Quadracci Pavilion was completed at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The structure was conceived by architect and sculptor Santiago Calatrava as a postmodern interpretation of a Gothic cathedral, with “wings” that open and shut, resembling a bird in flight. Inside the museum, you’ll find works by Van Gogh and Jackson Pollack among the collection of nearly 25,000 pieces.
Off the Beaten Path: Safehouse
For quirky fun in Milwaukee, make a stop at SafeHouse, a spy-themed restaurant with secret doorways, passwords and spy memorabilia. Order an appetizer and a spy-inspired cocktail while you embark on a scavenger hunt or watch the live magician, performing nightly.
When to Visit Milwaukee
Milwaukee loves baseball, so Milwaukee Country Inns & Suites hotel guests who visit in the spring will find the locals at Miller Field enjoying a Brewers game with its famous bottom-of-the-sixth-inning sausage race.
Planning a summer trip? Check out the 11-day Summerfest music festival, which brings approximately 800 bands to its stages each year, making it the world’s largest music festival.
In winter, head to downtown’s Red Arrow Park and strap on some rental skates for a spin around the outdoor rink.
Milwaukee Travel Tip
The Friday night fish fry is a Milwaukee tradition. At Lakefront Brewery Palm Garden, you can experience it weekly with live polka music, organic beer, fresh fish and traditional sides such as potato pancakes, slaw and applesauce. Be sure to take a brewery tour while you’re there.