Milwaukee Public Market

#2 in Best Things To Do in Milwaukee
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Key Info

400 N Water St.

Price & Hours

Free

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Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.3

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  • 5.0Value
  • 5.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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. 

The market is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The parking lot is free for one hour with a purchase from the market, and street parking is also available. Alternatively, visitors can get there via Milwaukee's streetcar, the Hop, which stops right next to the market. Check out the Milwaukee Public Market's website for more information.

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#1 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 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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