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.

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.

Save room for Apple Pie Baked in a Paper Bag.

Cool Wisconsin weather is no match for Miller Field’s retractable roof; the ballpark’s signature structure can open and close in about 10 minutes.

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

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

Browse this shop for restored Victorian furniture and other antique treasures.

The shop stocks 175 state cheeses.

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.

Play a round within walking distance of Elkhart Lake’s town center.

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.