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Attractions

The Basilica of St. Josaphat
The Basilica is a Franciscan center for prayer and spirituality, inspiration and beauty. It is home to a vibrant Roman Catholic parish and remains a testament to the faith of the Polish immigrants that created it.

Bradford Beach
The place to be in Milwaukee's hot summer months. The lake is a choice spot for beach volleyball, jet-skiing, sailing, windsurfing and freshwater surfing. Bring your own equipment or take advantage of beachfront lessons and rentals.

Discovery World
Discovery World is a science and technology center that is fun for all ages. A 120,000-square foot facility includes interactive exhibits, the Reiman Aquarium, movies in their Digital Theater, learning labs, live theater shows, and more!

Edelweiss Boat Trips
Enjoy a boat ride down the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan.

Harley-Davidson Museum
The Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, WI, showcases the Harley-Davidson Motor Company's history and motorcycles through a variety of exhibits. Immerse yourself in Harley culture.

Milwaukee Art Museum
The museum contains over 30,000 works of art to enjoy. On weekend nights MAM After Dark offers themed evening events with music, food, drinks and art.

Miller Brewery Tour
From a personal tour guide to the ghost of Frederick Miller, you will experience over 155 years of brewing history on your tour. International visitors and local guests alike experience something new with every tour. Relax and enjoy your samples in our Bavarian-style Miller Inn or outdoor Beer Garden (seasonally) with friends and family at this historic Milwaukee landmark. Stop by during the winter to see the MillerCoors’ Holiday Lites.

Milwaukee Country Zoo
As one of the country’s finest zoological attractions, the Milwaukee County Zoo will educate, entertain and inspire you! Visit over 2,000 mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles in specialized habitats spanning 200 wooded acres. Explore educational wildlife shows, fun attractions and enticing special events like Zoo a la Carte. 

Milwaukee Food and City Tours
Milwaukee Food & City Tours offers delicious tours exploring both urban and suburban neighborhoods originally settled by Italian, Irish, Polish and German immigrants. On all of the food and cultural tours of Milwaukee, they point out architectural highlights, cultural hotspots, and great restaurants and shops while sampling flavors from restaurants along the way.

Milwaukee Public Market
Milwaukee's most unique downtown food destination! Bursting with unique, high quality selections of artisan and ethnic products, and freshly prepared foods, you’re sure to enjoy shopping the independent merchants of the Milwaukee Public Market.

Milwaukee Public Museum
The Milwaukee Public Museum is a natural and human history museum.  From the dinosaur exhibit to butterflies to the streets of old Milwaukee, there is an exhibit that will capture your imagination. You can also experience an IMAX show in a six-story dome theatre. 

Milwaukee RiverWalk
In the heart of downtown, the two-mile long RiverWalk winds along the Milwaukee River with access to some of the city's best restaurants, brewpubs, shops and waterfront nightlife. Eye-catching public art gives the RiverWalk the feel of an outdoor gallery and colorful, user-friendly directional signs elaborate on the city's history.

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes)
Experience a desert oasis, a tropical jungle and special floral gardens . . .all in one afternoon . . . and an amazing lighting display in the evening!

Pettit National Ice Center
The Pettit is an official US Olympic training facility.  Enjoy an afternoon or evening of ice skating!  

Schuster Mansion – Victorian High Tea
Come have tea at the Schuster Mansion and feel what it may have been like back in the late 1800’s when Molly Schuster served tea to her friends.  

Sprecher Brewery Tours
Established in Milwaukee in 1985, the first microbrewery since the repeal of Prohibition. European and traditional style beers, as well as gourmet sodas.

Untapped Tours of Milwaukee
Milwaukee’s most complete city tour! Join us as we tap into Milwaukee’s famous attractions and history, as well as other sights you may not have known existed. Each tour is limited to 11 guests to allow for plenty of room and ensure a personal feeling. Don’t just see Milwaukee, experience it!

Urban Ecology Center
An environmental community center, revitalizing urban green spaces and educating urban youth about science and nature. Hike the trails, climb a rock wall or kayak the Milwaukee river – nature is at your fingertips.

 

Entertainment

Comedy Café
Storied comedy spot and bar with a 2-drink minimum and a roster of big-name stand-up acts.

Comedy Sportz
All-ages comedy-as-a-sport, complete with referee, featuring two improv teams competing for applause.

The BMO Harris Bradley Center
Large indoor arena that hosts sporting events and concerts.

The Pabst Theater
The Pabst Theater is an indoor concert venue and landmark of Milwaukee.  Known as "the Pabst", the theater hosts about 100 events per year. Built in 1895, it is the fourth-oldest continuously operating theater in the United States.

Potawatomi Hotel and Casino
Located minutes from downtown Milwaukee, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino offers high-stakes bingo, over 100 table games, over 3,000 slot machines, a 20-table Poker Room, a 500-seat theater and an Off-Track Betting Room.

The Rave
Music venue hosting national and local acts in a historic 1920s building.

State Fair
For ten days, enjoy some original cream puffs and try a variety of food. Watch and observe endless fair competitions, and listen to countless concerts. 

Summerfest
The world’s largest music festival is held right here in Milwaukee.  

Wheel Fun Rentals
Wheel Fun Rentals enables adventurers and families to get an eye-full of wildlife without having to leave the city! Wheel Fun Rentals places water-bound explorers at the helm of a variety of boats including kayaks and pedal boats.

 

Festivals

Bastille Days
The streets of Milwaukee are transformed into a mini French city complete with an Eiffel Tower. Enjoy street entertainers, a marketplace, more than 25 sidewalk crafts, and the annual Storm the Bastille 5K fun run/walk-Thurs, opening night.

Festa Italiana
Festa carries on time-honored traditions including the celebration of Sunday Mass and Procession, cultural exhibits, bocce, gondolas, photos of the old Third Ward and Italians in Milwaukee, as well as delicious food and entertainment true to the Italian culture including opera, dance, song and fireworks! 

German Fest
All things German can be found at German Fest – food, travel, history, music, and much more… for ALL ages!  Some of the best German cuisine can be found at German Fest! Many well-known German restaurants and food services from Southeast Wisconsin make the trip to provide authentic German fare. 

Greek Fest
Be Greek for a day!  Authentic Greek food, live Greek and American bands, as well as our own authentic Hellenic Dancers.  The mission of Greek Fest is to provide funding to support the ministries of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church and its community outreach efforts. 

Holiday Folk Fair
America’s premier multicultural festival.  Explore the world of music, food, dance and arts.   

Indian Summer Festival
The mission of Indian Summer Inc. is to educate, preserve and promote American Indian cultures; showcase the diversity that exists within tribal cultures, provide economic opportunities to our people and strengthen communication and understanding. 

Irish Fest
To preserve, promote and celebrate all aspects of Irish, Irish American and Celtic cultures, and to instill in current and future generations an appreciation of their heritage.

Mexican Fiesta
Mexican Fiesta brings the sound, culture, and taste of Mexico to Milwaukee’s lakefront. Join in on the fun as we celebrate three days of fun, food, Mariachi and Fiesta for everyone.

Pride Fest
The nation’s largest LGBT festival with permanent festival grounds, owned and operated entirely by volunteers each and every year. PrideFest Milwaukee does not have one paid employee, simply the dedication and devotion to bring together a festival each and every year for our community.

Polish Fest
Polish Fest has a proud history in Milwaukee because of the strong Polish community in the area. Through the Polish Heritage Alliance and Polish Center of Wisconsin, Polish Fest has become the largest Polish festival in America.

 

Sports

Admirals Hockey
The Milwaukee Admirals are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League.

Milwaukee Brewers
The Milwaukee Brewers are an American professional baseball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The team is a member of the Central Division of Major League Baseball's National League.

Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks are a basketball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They are part of the Central Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association.

Milwaukee Wave
Milwaukee Wave is an indoor professional soccer team.

Nite-Glow Golf
Regular golf too challenging…or not challenging enough? Try Nite-Glow Golf, an after-dark game that everyone will enjoy.  With only tees, flag sticks, and holes illuminated and glow-in-the-dark golf balls flying through the air, Nite-Glow Golf is a veritable light show!

 

Theatre and Performing Arts

Broadway Theatre Center
The Broadway Theatre Center houses two unique theaters: the 358-seat Cabot Theatre, a replication of an 18th-century European opera house and the 99-seat Studio Theatre, a versatile black box space. Skylight Music Theatre owns and operates the Broadway Theatre Center at 158 N. Broadway in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

First Stage
A children’s theatre for both children and adults to enjoy!

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts offers the best of cultural and community programming. We are home to the finest performing artists in Wisconsin, including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Ballet Company, Florentine Opera Company, First Stage and Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra plus host of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration.

Milwaukee Repertory Theatre
The Rep produces over 600 performances annually of new and contemporary work, classics, and musical theater pieces plus a new short-play festival showcasing its intern company which is one of the oldest internship programs in regional theater.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
The MSO’s full-time professional musicians perform over 135 classics, pops, family, education, and community concerts each season in venues throughout the state.

Milwaukee Theatre
Elegant 4,100-seat venue hosting concerts, Broadway musicals, theater performances & assemblies.

Oriental Theatre
Opened on July 2, 1927. Operated by Landmark Theatres since 1976.   Every Friday and Saturday before the 7pm show in the main theatre, the lush sounds of the Kimball Theatre Pipe Organ introduce the movie. This pipe organ is the largest of its kind in a theatre in America, and the third largest in the world.

 

Nearby Attractions

Cave of the Mounds
Cave of the Mounds is a National Natural Landmark.  Guided tours of this geologic wonder follow paved, lighted walkways departing regularly every day of the year.

House on the Rock
Visionary architecture, eclectic collections and incredible stories await you at the House on the Rock Attraction, Alex Jordan’s imaginary, awe-inspiring man-made retreat.

Lambeau Field
Home of the Green Bay Packers.    Take a Stadium Tour and/or visit the Packers Hall of Fame.

Old World Wisconsin
The museum's more than 60 historic structures range from ethnic farmsteads with furnished houses and rural outbuildings, to a crossroads village with its traditional small-town institutions. The efforts of countless historians have preserved an amazing slice of true Americana — one that will be enjoyed for generations to come.

Six Flags Great America
A theme park located north of Chicago, which includes extreme thrill rides and a water park. 

 

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