Milwaukee + Lake Michigan Area

Things to do in Milwaukee + Lake Michigan Area

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.

This museum houses the USS Cobra, a completely restored World War II submarine.

The shop stocks 175 state cheeses.

Put your sneakers on and make a day of it at the Milwaukee County Zoo, home to red pandas, penguins, and hundreds of other exotic creatures.

The park offers seasonal sports and spectacular views of famed Door County sunsets.

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

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

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

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

Sunning not skiing? Cruise Lake Geneva and view historic estates.

Hit the slopes on one of 17 trails; trek the 1.8-mile mountaintop snowshoe trail or challenge yourself with jumps and a quarter-pipe.

Get a breath of country air while you can camp, hunt, fish, hike, and picnic.

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

The soaring Santiago Calatrava design is unforgettable.