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Top 10 Fun Things to Do in Milwaukee

February 21, 2019  |  By: Taylor Randolph

The city of Milwaukee is situated on the west bank of Lake Michigan, about 90 miles away from North Chicago. The city is rich in culture, history, and diversity. Since there is so much to do and see in Milwaukee, we have narrowed down the list to ten must-do things in Milwaukee. Let’s get started!


Milwaukee Public Market sign

#1 Experience Milwaukee’s Public Market

The Milwaukee Pubic Market is an indoor farmers market that runs all year long. It’s in a cool renovated warehouse located in the historic Third Ward district. Visitors will find unique selections of artistic and ethnic products, freshly prepared foods, and authentic Wisconsin bites.


Milwaukee downtown with many tall buildings and bridge

#2 Stroll the RiverWalk

The RiverWalk is a 3-mile pedestrian path that winds through downtown, along the Milwaukee River, and into the Third Ward. Some of the best shops, pubs, and restaurants in Milwaukee are located directly on the RiverWalk. It’s a great spot to dine al fresco during the summer with a beautiful view over the river. Don’t forget to take a picture with the Bronze Fonz!


Milwaukee Brewery Tour - man with tattoos pouring beer from a tap

#3 Milwaukee Brewery Tour

Beer in Milwaukee has a long history dating back to the arrival of German immigrants in 1885. The city gained the nickname “Brew City” because for a long time it was home to the four largest breweries in the world (Schlitz, Pabst, Blatz, Miller). Today, Milwaukee’s microbrewery culture is thriving with over 25 local breweries in the area. Learn more about the fascinating history and culture behind the beer industry in Milwaukee on a fun brewery tour with Untapped Tours. The tour takes you to four local breweries and includes two beers at each place. You will get to interact with the founders and brewers and learn why beer is their passion.


Milwaukee skyline across Lake Michigan with Milwaukee Art Museum in view

#4 Explore the Milwaukee Art Museum

Art enthusiasts will love visiting the Milwaukee Art Museum because it is among the largest museums in the United States. Visitors will find over 31,000 works of art that have been collected over the past 125 years of the museum’s existence. The beautiful wings of the museum have become an iconic symbol of Milwaukee. You can watch them open and close at 10 am, noon, and 5 pm.


Polar bear at the Milwaukee Zoo

#5 Experience Wildlife at Milwaukee County Zoo

The Milwaukee County Zoo has classic North American animals such as grizzly bears, black bears, polar bears, and moose amongst many other exotic animals. If you don’t have the opportunity to see these in the wild, then you should definitely put the Milwaukee County Zoo on your list. The zoo has kid-friendly attractions like a safari ride and a carousel. Check their official website for updates related to their seasonal “free days” when no admission fees are charged.


Entrance to the Historic Third Ward in Milwaukee with neighborhood sign and the Milwaukee Public Market sign

#6 Discover the Spooky Side of the Historic Third Ward

The Historic Third Ward is now known for its trendy shops and hip vibe, but once upon a time the location used to be called the “Bloody Ward.” It was a rough area known for its notorious residents. The haunted history of this area is truly fascinating. Take a tour with American Ghost Walks and learn about all the very well-documented paranormal activities that occur here.


Looking up at the Milwaukee Domes Conservatory

#7 The Domes: Mitchell Park Conservatory

The Mitchell Park Conservatory is located on the western side of Milwaukee. The conservatory has three very distinct and gigantic domes that are home to plants from around the world. The domes are so unique and architecturally beautiful that it’s a must-visit tourist location in Milwaukee. Several festivals, events, and shows are held all throughout the year in the Show Dome, along with light shows during the night. ­­­


Harley-Davidson motorcycle at the Milwaukee museum

#8 Visit the Harley-Davidson Museum

Milwaukee was the birthplace of the classic American motorcycle over 115 years ago.  Visit the Harley-Davidson Museum to find cool vintage artifacts from the company’s history over the past century as well as over 450 motorcycles. The Experience Gallery lets visitors take a seat on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and experience a virtual road trip through the great USA.


Oak Leaf Trail path

#9 Bike, Skate, or Walk along the Oak Leaf Trail

The Oak Leaf Trail is one of the best free things to do in Milwaukee. The trail will take you alongside Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee River, and through most of the major parks in the area. Located just off the trail are several beer gardens and breweries including Hubbard Park Beer Garden, Whitnall Park Beer Garden, Estabrook Beer Garden, and the Lakefront Brewery.


Milwaukee North Point LIghthouse

#10 North Point Lighthouse Museum

As you are walking along the Oak Leaf Trail or hanging out by Lake Michigan, you will probably come across this beautifully-restored lighthouse. From this vantage point, you will have incredible sweeping views over the city and the lake. It’s a wonderful spot to stop for a picnic. The museum itself is worth a visit to discover the history of the lighthouse and the story of its keepers.


Check out other things to do in the Great Mid-West:

10 Iconic Milwaukee Food & Drinks to Indulge In
Things to Do in Chicago this Weekend
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We are Jacob and Taylor. Travel is our passion and we love sharing our experiences here at The Travelling Souk. Our hope is that you would be inspired by this little blog to try something new, embrace an adventure, and live life to the fullest. 

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