Top Places to Visit During Your Next Trip to Milwaukee
Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin and the fifth-largest city in the Midwestern United States. Milwaukee's history was heavily influenced by immigrants from Germany and the city became known for its brewing industry. The city is located on the convergence of three rivers: Milwaukee, Menomonee, Kinnickinnic, and Lake Michigan.
Whether you like museums, conservatories, parks, zoos, beaches, or anything else, Milwaukee has something to keep you entertained. If you are going to Milwaukee for the weekend, here are some of the best places to visit during your trip to this beautiful city.
The Milwaukee Art Museum
Overlooking Lake Michigan, you will find one of the most beautiful and impressive built museums. The cantilevered wings, 30-meter high glass ceilings, and the white suspension bridge make for a fascinating and unique-looking building. The Milwaukee Art Museum contains over 30,000 works of art and one of the biggest Georgia O'Keeffe collections. Inside you will find classic paintings by artists like Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Claude Monet. The Milwaukee Art Museum is a must-visit for anyone interested in arts.
Kettle Moraine State Forest
The Kettle Moraine State Forest is a state forest in southeastern Wisconsin. The chief feature of the reserve is the Kettle Moraine, a highly glaciated area. If you are looking for an adventure, this 56,000-acre state forest near Milwaukee is a great place to be with its hilly terrain comprising of kames, kettles, and eskers.
Kettle Moraine State Forest has several hiking trails with some of the most beautiful views and if you want to stay overnight you can go to one of the campsites. Just a 45 minutes drive from Milwaukee, this place is a great option for families or groups that want to do some physical activities.
Celebrating the more than 100-year history of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, this one-of-a-kind museum attracts over 300,000 visitors annually. The museum celebrates the tremendous success of the company from the humble beginnings of William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson.
The 130,000 square-foot building contains more than 450 Harley-Davidson motorcycles and thousands of artifacts from the Harley-Davidson Motor Company's 110-year history. The museum has 11 permanent exhibits and several rotating special exhibits throughout the year.
Winding right through the heart of downtown Milwaukee, the Riverwalk is a perfect thing to do after sunset or after you have had dinner to soak in the beauty of the city. The boardwalk is filled with shops, cafes, and pubs. You will come across several steel sculptures and bronze medallions. The 20 city blocks long walk is a great way to roam around downtown and interact with locals while visiting some nearby tourist attractions like Caesar's Park and Erie Street Plaza.
Milwaukee is known for its breweries and if you have time to visit only one brewery then Lakefront brewery is the one you should visit. You can sign-up for one of the tours and enjoy four 6-ounce samples of beers and take home a souvenir glass. While you are at the brewery, it is recommended that you eat at the on-site beer hall to enjoy some local delicacies.
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
Also known as the Domes, the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory is a set of three domes displaying a wide variety of plant life and each with its own unique theme. The variety of biodiversity is fascinating and ranges from thick jungle vine to desert cacti. Inside you will find flowers, shrubs, and plants. You can experience a tropical rainforest in one of the domes and desert-type weather in another. The third dome is labeled as the "show-dome" with themes that change based on the season and holidays. Truly one of the unique experiences and a must-visit especially if you have kids.