Lakefront Brewery#6 in Best Things To Do in Milwaukee
Considered by several former visitors as one of the best brewery tours in Milwaukee thanks to its tasty brews and wildly entertaining guides, Lakefront Brewery's tours are also one of the best deals around. For between $10 and $12 (depending on the day), tourgoers can see much of the brewery, enjoy four 6-ounce samples of beer and take home a souvenir pint glass.
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.
You'll find Lakefront Brewery on North Commerce Street in the Brewer's Hill neighborhood of Milwaukee. Tours are offered daily throughout the day starting at 11 a.m. or noon, depending on the day. (Final tours typically begin at 7 or 8 p.m. except on Sundays, when the last tour starts at 4 p.m.) Since tours fill up quickly, visitors recommend booking in advance through the brewery's online ticketing portal. You can also try snagging one of 15 walk-up tickets not available online, though you'll want to arrive with plenty of time since these tickets are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-up tickets are not available on Saturdays.
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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 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.)
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