This spirited city is best known for its food, brews and sports.
You may know Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for its brewing scene (and for good reason), but it's also home to unbeatable Lake Michigan views, the artsy Riverwest neighborhood, the wonderfully walkable Historic Third Ward and Midwestern-style comfort food. This city is steeped in history, and its converted warehouses marry the aesthetic of Milwaukee's first settlers with its modern creative community. If you're lucky and there are home games during your visit, you might even be able to grab a ticket to see the city's sports stars in action.
- Bay View
- East Town
- Historic Third Ward
Located south of downtown Milwaukee on the coast of Lake Michigan, Bay View has an eclectic bar scene, weekly live music and its fair share of art galleries. The community is tight-knit here with a vibe that's more creative and less "big city" than other parts of Milwaukee.
Bars, Dining, Lakeside Activities
Great for families and culture-seekers, East Town is known for the city's crown jewel: the Calatrava-designed Milwaukee Art Museum. This walkable neighborhood covers all angles of entertainment, from the iconic Pabst Theater to the hands-on Discovery World museum.
Shopping, Dining, Museums
Historic Third Ward
The Historic Third Ward is home to some of the city's most creative areas — and it shows, given the many theaters and galleries featuring local artists. You'll also find the Milwaukee Public Market here, a hot spot for artisan snacks and locally produced food and wares.
Museums, Shopping, Parks
Stay in The Center of it All
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Spend a Long Weekend in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Explore the Historic Third Ward
Head to the Historic Third Ward for breakfast at the Belgian-focused Café Benelux. From here, shop and snack at the Milwaukee Public Market before checking out the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame & Museum (seriously). End the day with a fish fry and cocktails.
Stroll the Botanical Garden With a Side Order of Frank Lloyd Wright
After a Wisconsin omelet breakfast, head to the Boerner Botanical Gardens and take in two Frank Lloyd Wright gems on Burnham Block. What’s more, lunch is inside of a speakeasy and the night will take you to a Tiki bar specializing in throwback ice-cream drinks.
Get Lost in Art (and Milwaukee’s Brewing Scene)
After breakfast at the upscale Stella Van Buren, you'll explore the Milwaukee Art Museum, followed by lunch at a restaurant with the best water views. The afternoon is spent exploring breweries in Walker's Point, and you'll end the night in the artsy Riverwest neighborhood.