Harley-Davidson Museum

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400 W. Canal St.

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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.

For those interested in the nitty-gritty of Harley bikes and history, consider paying $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 provide 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 $20 per adult and $10 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 high school and college students receive a discounted rate ($14) 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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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).

While the brewery's offerings change throughout the year, some previous brews featured include a pumpkin lager, a barley wine, an organic chocolate stout and an India pale ale. And for a true taste of Wisconsin, previous travelers recommend eating at the on-site beer hall after your tour to savor some regional delicacies like cheese curds, Bavarian-style pretzels and Usinger brats. The Friday fish fry is especially popular with locals and tourists, thanks to its pairing of delicious brews and fresh fish with a live polka band.

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