Harley-Davidson Museum#1 in Best Things To Do 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 11 permanent exhibits and rotating special exhibits, including a recovered motorcycle from a tsunami that devastated Japan in 2011. Some permanent exhibits include a an engine room and an extensive motorcycle gallery that showcases the evolution of the company's bikes.
For those interested in the nitty-gritty of Harley bikes and history, consider paying an additional $4 per person for an audio headset. Prior visitors said the in-depth narration provided a superb detailed description of everything in the museum. (But if you don't feel like paying extra for a headset, the written explanations provided at each exhibit offer a wealth of excellent context, so you'll still learn plenty, according to previous travelers.)
And once you're done browsing the displays, peruse the Harley-Davidson gift shop or grab a bite at the on-site MOTOR Bar & Restaurant (which can be entered without paying the museum entrance fee).
To enter the Harley-Davidson Museum, expect to pay $22 per adult and $8 per child between 5 and 17 years old. Although admission costs are a bit high for the area, some deals can be scored. For example, children younger than 5 can visit the museum for free, and military personnel and college students receive a discounted rate ($16) when they show their ID. From May through September, the property is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the museum opens at 10 a.m. in the winter. For some late night fun (in either season), visit on a Thursday when the museum remains open until 8 p.m. For more information about seasonal hours and events, visit the museum's website.
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#2 Milwaukee Public Market
Milwaukee's indoor market is home to more than a dozen food and beverage vendors serving a variety of dishes, like Thai sushi rolls, vegan sandwiches, and Belgian beer. Patrons can grab a pizza from Foltz Family Market or indulge a cupcake craving at C. Adam's Bakery. If you'd rather see how the sausage literally gets made, sign up for one of the market's cooking classes. Hands-on and demonstration-only options are available, as well as classes geared toward kids. In addition to food and beverage offerings, Milwaukee Public Market's list of vendors also includes Brew City Brand Apparel, where you can find designs that celebrate Milwaukee's beer empire origin stories.
Past market visitors enjoyed the array of options available for hungry customers to choose from. (Quite a few reviewers specifically recommend the food at St. Paul Fish Company.) However, they also note that the market can get very crowded, so keep that in mind before you go.
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