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Milwaukee Travel Guide

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Best Things To Do in Milwaukee

In Milwaukee, you'll find your usual assortment of art museums (Milwaukee Art Museum), historic homes (Pabst Mansion) and sports venues (Miller Park). You'll also find interesting areas to meander through like the Victorian-Italianate Brady Street and the Historic Third Ward. And for those into craft beer (and who isn't these days?), the Lakefront Brewery is an excellent way to taste some of Milwaukee's best. And we couldn't forget the Harley-Davidson Museum. It shows, among other things, many bikes from the motorcycle purveyor's history.

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#1

#1 in Milwaukee

Miller Park, which sits about 3 miles west of the Harley-Davidson Museum and 5 miles southwest of downtown, is home to Major League Baseball's Milwaukee Brewers. Although the Brewers may not have the greatest game record, they are certainly beloved by their fans. And whether you're a long-time fan or a first-time spectator, you'll enjoy taking in a game beneath the stadium's retractable roof, which is the only fan-shaped convertible roof in North America. (Thanks to this unique roof, you'll never have to worry about inclement weather, which is a huge perk to many visitors.)
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Sports Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Miller Park
Miller Park, which sits about 3 miles west of the Harley-Davidson Museum and 5 miles southwest of downtown, is home to Major League Baseball's Milwaukee Brewers. Although the Brewers may not have the greatest game record, they are certainly beloved by their fans. And whether you're a long-time fan or a first-time spectator, you'll enjoy taking in a game beneath the stadium's retractable roof, which is the only fan-shaped convertible roof in North America. (Thanks to this unique roof, you'll never have to worry about inclement weather, which is a huge perk to many visitors.)
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#2

#2 in Milwaukee

Considered by several former visitors as one of the best brewery tours in Milwaukee thanks to its tasty brews and wildly entertaining tour guides, Lakefront Brewery's tours are also one of the best deals around. For just $10, tourgoers can see much of the brewery, enjoy four 6-ounce samples of beer and take home a souvenir pint glass with a beer coupon (good for a free beer at one of several area eateries).
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Wineries/Breweries Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Lakefront Brewery
Considered by several former visitors as one of the best brewery tours in Milwaukee thanks to its tasty brews and wildly entertaining tour guides, Lakefront Brewery's tours are also one of the best deals around. For just $10, tourgoers can see much of the brewery, enjoy four 6-ounce samples of beer and take home a souvenir pint glass with a beer coupon (good for a free beer at one of several area eateries).
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#3 in Milwaukee

Whether you're a diehard biker or someone who just happens to be in the area, many visitors say the Harley-Davidson Museum is worth exploring. Spread across 20 acres of prime Milwaukee riverfront property, the Harley-Davidson Museum continuously wows travelers with its 12 permanent exhibits and rotating special exhibits, including a recovered motorcycle from a tsunami that devastated Japan in 2011. Some permanent exhibits include a design lab, an engine room and an extensive motorcycle gallery that showcases the evolution of the company's bikes.
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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Harley-Davidson Museum
Whether you're a diehard biker or someone who just happens to be in the area, many visitors say the Harley-Davidson Museum is worth exploring. Spread across 20 acres of prime Milwaukee riverfront property, the Harley-Davidson Museum continuously wows travelers with its 12 permanent exhibits and rotating special exhibits, including a recovered motorcycle from a tsunami that devastated Japan in 2011. Some permanent exhibits include a design lab, an engine room and an extensive motorcycle gallery that showcases the evolution of the company's bikes.
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#4 in Milwaukee

Spotted hyenas, camels, leopard sharks and three species of penguin are just some of the animals you'll see if you visit the Milwaukee County Zoo. Opened in 1892, the once-small space has expanded to 200-plus acres containing more than 2,000 animals. But this zoo offers more than just animals. There are also a number of rides and attractions (additional fees apply) like a carousel and a safari train, as well as special events that occur throughout the year, such as breakfast with Santa Claus and an elephant appreciation day.
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Zoos and Aquariums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Milwaukee County Zoo
Spotted hyenas, camels, leopard sharks and three species of penguin are just some of the animals you'll see if you visit the Milwaukee County Zoo. Opened in 1892, the once-small space has expanded to 200-plus acres containing more than 2,000 animals. But this zoo offers more than just animals. There are also a number of rides and attractions (additional fees apply) like a carousel and a safari train, as well as special events that occur throughout the year, such as breakfast with Santa Claus and an elephant appreciation day.
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#5 in Milwaukee

Pabst Mansion — the former home of captain Frederick Pabst (of beer fame) — was just one of a few dozen lavish estates that lined what was then Grand Avenue (so named for its wealthy residents and their impressive homes). Built in 1892, the home became a bastion for the luxe life. Costing $254,614 (or more than $32 million in today's money) to construct, the elaborate mansion includes a carriage house, a pavillion, a greenhouse and a main residence — which boasts 66 rooms, 14 fireplaces and more than a dozen hidden compartments.
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Historic Homes/Mansions Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Pabst Mansion
Pabst Mansion — the former home of captain Frederick Pabst (of beer fame) — was just one of a few dozen lavish estates that lined what was then Grand Avenue (so named for its wealthy residents and their impressive homes). Built in 1892, the home became a bastion for the luxe life. Costing $254,614 (or more than $32 million in today's money) to construct, the elaborate mansion includes a carriage house, a pavillion, a greenhouse and a main residence — which boasts 66 rooms, 14 fireplaces and more than a dozen hidden compartments.
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#6 in Milwaukee

This art museum, located in downtown Milwaukee on Lake Michigan, gets more praise for its buildings (there are three) than the art it contains. And thats because the Milwaukee Art Museum looks futuristic with its gleaming white suspension bridge, 90-foot vaulted glass ceiling and cantilevered wings. Just make sure to visit on a calm, sunny day. According to past visitors, the Quadracci Pavillion's wings (the Burke Brise Soleil) won't open if it is raining or windy.
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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Milwaukee Art Museum
This art museum, located in downtown Milwaukee on Lake Michigan, gets more praise for its buildings (there are three) than the art it contains. And thats because the Milwaukee Art Museum looks futuristic with its gleaming white suspension bridge, 90-foot vaulted glass ceiling and cantilevered wings. Just make sure to visit on a calm, sunny day. According to past visitors, the Quadracci Pavillion's wings (the Burke Brise Soleil) won't open if it is raining or windy.
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#7 in Milwaukee

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Situated a few blocks west of the Kinnickinnic River and about 2 miles south of the Harley-Davidson Museum, the grandiose Basilica of St. Josaphat is worth a visit, even if you're not Catholic. Modeled after Rome's famous St. Peter's Basilica, this Milwaukee religious site was designed by German architect Erhard Brielmaier after the original church burned down in 1889. And like its Roman counterpart, the Basilica of St. Josaphat features a cross-shaped floor plan, as well as a massive copper dome.
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Churches/Religious Sites Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Basilica of St. Josaphat
Situated a few blocks west of the Kinnickinnic River and about 2 miles south of the Harley-Davidson Museum, the grandiose Basilica of St. Josaphat is worth a visit, even if you're not Catholic. Modeled after Rome's famous St. Peter's Basilica, this Milwaukee religious site was designed by German architect Erhard Brielmaier after the original church burned down in 1889. And like its Roman counterpart, the Basilica of St. Josaphat features a cross-shaped floor plan, as well as a massive copper dome.
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