Milwaukee + Lake Michigan Area

Milwaukee + Lake Michigan Area Travel Guide

Milwaukee doesn't always get credit for its cultural offerings, but it should. Here are some of the best things to do in Milwaukee:

Check out the natural wonders. During the pleasant summer months, you can stroll along the downtown River Walk for nearly three miles, taking in the sights along the Milwaukee River.  The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, meanwhile, features glorious displays of plants and flowers throughout the year.

Dip into beer history. Visit the Pabst Mansion and see how one of Wisconsin's first brewery barons lived, then tour one of the many actual working breweries—still one of the most popular things to in Milwaukee.

Get revved at the Harley-Davidson Museum, which houses more than 400 classic motorcycles (including Elvis Presley's orange-and-white bike from 1956).

The Milwaukee Art Museum. This lakeside museum houses over 20,000 works, with an emphasis on 19th and 20th century American and European art.

What to do in Milwaukee with kids? Check out the Milwaukee County Zoo, or the Milwaukee Public Museum, which is considered one of the best natural history museums in America.

And if you're wondering what to do in Milwaukee on those chilly winter days? Take in a show at the Victorian-era Pabst Theater, and marvel at its ornate décor, or catch the latest concert of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Experience iron mining in an underground train tour of 2,600 feet of drifts and tunnels—400 feet below the surface.

Play a round at the world’s fastest permanent road course, in operation since 1955.

In winter, hit the slopes at The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort, which also has snowboarding, snowshoeing, and night skiing.

The soaring Santiago Calatrava design is unforgettable.

As a United States Olympic Team training site, Milwaukee's Pettit National Ice Center has hosted speed-skating stars like Bonnie Blair and Apolo Anton Ohno. But the arena also operates one of the largest skating schools in the nation.

Book an excursion on one of five full-time boats.

Explore this re-creation of working farmsteads and settlements.

Snag a swing chair and beer at Brown Baer.

Warm up or cool off at the indoor/outdoor Moose Mountain Falls Waterpark.

Housed in an 1840’s barn, check out this shop for 19th- and 20th-century American paintings and estate jewelry.

Why It’s Cool: Stretching three miles along the Milwaukee River, this wooden-plank-and-concrete bike-and-walkway features such local haunts as the Wisconsin Cheese Mart, which stocks 175 state cheeses; its Cheese Bar sells beer-and-cheese flights pairing Wisconsin blue Affinée, G

View the area’s lighthouses and miles of shoreline on a 37-foot, award-winning, historic sailing vessel.