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Last Updated: 3/7/2013
Whether you’re in Wisconsin’s largest city to cheer on the Brew Crew or the opposing team, Milwaukee has so much to offer visitors. Here are some suggestions of a few places that merit visiting no matter who you cheer for.
Clearly if you’re in Milwaukee for the game, you will be at Miller Park. But here are a few more factoids for you about this incredible structure that only gives you more reason to attend a game and will help you appreciate it even more. This 25 acre building is an architectural wonder of its own featuring the only fan-shaped convertible roof in North America. This roof guarantees perfect baseball conditions for every game, taking only 10 minutes to open and close almost silently. And there’s more. The field is asymmetrical and was created with the input of Brewer legend and Hall of Famer Robin Yount, former shortstop.
Fun fact: it would take 4,655,926,995 baseballs to fill Miller Park.
Milwaukee Art Museum
The Milwaukee Art Museum is a landmark example of architectural and engineering genius and a must-see while in the city. This museum is known for the Burke Brise Soleil, a steel wing-like structure perched atop the 2001 Quadracci Pavilion addition, designed by Santiago Calatrava, and celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2011. The wings of the Brise Soleil open and close daily, conjuring up images of a bird in flight or ship under sail. The structure has become the icon for the City of Milwaukee.
The museum is actually comprised of three separate-but-connected buildings, with the first dating back to 1957, housing more than 25,000 works spanning antiquity to the present date. In addition, in 2001 the Quadracci Pavilion was named “Best Design” by TIME Magazine. The museum has also hosted many television and movie shoots such as “Transformers 3” and “American Idol.”
Crafting beer is an art, as well as a science, and Milwaukee brewers are proud to share their work and trade. The team was actually renamed "Brewers" in the 1970s, attributed to the city's long connection to the Brewing industry. In order to really get a sense of the team’s origins, a brewery tour in Milwaukee is a “must-do”.
Lakefront Brewery, in particular, is located in the Milwaukee neighborhood of Riverwest, and full of original Milwaukee charm and award-winning beers. The microbrewery’s acclaimed Organic ESB is one of the few beers in the world to use only 100 percent organic hops and grains. Expert tour guides offer samples of the suds, beer or root beer, as visitors learn firsthand how Lakefront makes its fine beers. Don’t miss the fun, Friday night fish fry – complete with a live polka band and the beer from the on-site brewery.
The Safe House
Visit one of the coolest and quirkiest places—the top secret Safe House—for an entertaining evening of intrigue at this spy-themed nightspot (do you know the password?!) Our lips are sealed here – you need to go and experience this one for yourself.
Harley Davidson Museum
Motorcycle enthusiast or not, the Harley Davidson Museum offers a bit of American history that all should experience. Get your motor running with a tour at the one and only Harley-Davidson Museum, with exhibits that celebrate the people, products, culture and history which have made Harley-Davidson the icon it is today. Located on 20 acres in downtown Milwaukee, the museum features a glimpse into the archives never before seen by the public, home to more than 450 motorcycles and thousands of artifacts.
Potawatomi Bingo Casino
Wisconsin's largest gaming facility is Potawatomi Bingo Casino. Located in the Menomonee Valley just south of downtown Milwaukee, it offers guests an array of gaming options, including blackjack, craps, roulette, Let-It-Ride bonus poker, bingo and over 1500 slot machines. There are even special non-smoking areas for slots and bingo. Music lovers flock to the casino’s Northern Lights Theater, an intimate 550-seat setting for big-name entertainment. Northern Lights also opens for major football games, often with ex-Packer players on hand. Sports fans also congregate in The Fire Pit Sports Bar & Grill, which is modeled on a Vegas-style sports book. A variety of dining options are available, including an international buffet, snack bar and the gourmet Dream Dance Steak restaurant (winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and AAA’s Four Diamond award).
Where to stay
Looking for somewhere to lay your head? Milwaukee is full of excellent accommodations.
Where to dine
As we know you’ll have worked up an appetite after discovering all that Milwaukee has to offer, so here are some suggestions for fantastic eats.