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Things to do in Milwaukee

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Museum
“Lake Michigan Lake Shore. Nice art shows and a recognized architectural site of Milwaukee ”
  • 132 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Get your Friday Fish fry anytime of the year! A Wisconsin tradition, while eating at German communal picnic tables. ”
  • 84 locals recommend
Museum
“Just outside of dowtown. Milwaukee is the birthplace of Harley-Davidson. An iconic global brand”
  • 61 locals recommend
Baseball Stadium
“Home of the Milwaukee Brewers and a really updated, fun ballpark! Make sure you partake in the “50/50 raffle”! Sold until the end of the first inning and ticket pulled in the sixth. We won $12k in 2018 with the winning # 😃 BUT... you have only until the middle of the 7th inning to make it to the booth and claim your 🤑 so RUN FORREST RUN!!!!”
  • 50 locals recommend
Museum
“First Thursday of every month is free admission! Go and find the rattlesnake button in the Native American exhibit. Go the the butterfly room. Walk the streets of Old Milwaukee and check out the European Village!”
  • 27 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Get your cheese, sausage and bloody Mary's here! Don't forget a Milwaukee souvenir!”
  • 58 locals recommend
Market
“All I can say is go and try as much as you can. The fish market is great, as is Anodyne coffee, but you really cant lose with any of the options.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Vintage motorcycle shop, Harley Davidson museum, restaurants, a speakeasy (Bugsy's)”
  • 53 locals recommend
Science Museum
“The exhibits are extensive and there is a lot to learn all around. Aquarium was a marvelous sight, and one that I did not expect to see in a museum. From underwater tunnels to glass-bottom sea life viewing windows, it seems that they've spared no expense at building this place out. Plan to spend at least 3 hours. Incredible maker space, VR games, flight and driving simulators, robot tic tac toe, and do not forget the aquarium and water exhibits. We could have stayed much longer! Covered parking is available for $10 or so. Closes 4 pm during the week and 5 pm Saturday & Sunday. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Park
“From June until September, make sure to check what festival is going on at the grounds. Everything from Pride Fest, German Fest, Summerfest (11 days of Music) to every ethnic festival in between. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Situated along the lake and in an historic pumping station, the views are incredible and the coffee is local to the city”
  • 38 locals recommend
Beach
“Great place to catch a local concert, play some great beach volley ball, enjoy a cold beverage and great food or just settle into a beach chair with a good book. Beautiful sandy beach in the heart of downtown Milwaukee.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Zoo
“The Milwaukee County Zoo is a zoo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operated by the Milwaukee County Parks Commission. The zoo houses 1,800 animals and covers an area of 190 acres. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“A local reimagined shopping mall with boutiques, restaurants and live entertainment”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
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“"Quirky find featuring an ever-changing New American shared-plate menu & creative cocktails." www.oddduckrestaurant.com”
  • 38 locals recommend
Cafe
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“"Cozy cafe & bar serving comfort food (both bacon-infused & vegetarian) plus craft brews & wine."”
  • 37 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Brewery
“Get your Friday Fish fry anytime of the year! A Wisconsin tradition, while eating at German communal picnic tables. ”
  • 84 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Situated along the lake and in an historic pumping station, the views are incredible and the coffee is local to the city”
  • 38 locals recommend
Bar
“"Quirky find featuring an ever-changing New American shared-plate menu & creative cocktails." www.oddduckrestaurant.com”
  • 38 locals recommend
Cafe
“"Cozy cafe & bar serving comfort food (both bacon-infused & vegetarian) plus craft brews & wine."”
  • 37 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Amazing cocktails! Everything on the menu is great, but get the wet burrito if you have an appetite!”
  • 34 locals recommend
Bakery
“Warm and inviting casual neighborhood-and-beyond hangout. Drinks, locally sourced food, very reasonably priced.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of our favorites for tacos and margaritas! Only a 10-15min walk with a great view of the Milwaukee River. I recommend their Paloma margarita and the Fried Avocado taco! ”
  • 32 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Lulu's is always a lively scene, delicious sandwiches, meals, drinks. Can get crowded - that's proof of their quality! Very reasonably priced. A neighborhood go-to kind of place.”
  • 22 locals recommend

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