Things to do in Milwaukee

Wisconsin’s largest city is known for many things – Milwaukee's local culture, architectural heritage, and brewing traditions. Some of the best beer, brewery tours, and pub crawls are found in Milwaukee!

Check out this guide to Milwaukee of Vinnie Van GO's favorite local haunts.

Milwaukee Annual Events

Milwaukee Brewfest

Late July, beat the heat with the locals in McKinley Park for this annual celebration of brewing traditions. Local breweries bring out their best beers for you to try – this event is a must-do! Reserve a Milwaukee Brewfest shuttle.

Gallery Night & Day

In mid-October, Milwaukee’s Gallery Night & Day is a festival celebrating local arts and culture. Check out hundreds of local institutions in this event that takes over the entire city! Check out the website for more details.

Milwaukee Holiday Parade

Every mid-November, kick off the holiday season with this Downtown Milwaukee parade. This local tradition has been attracting hoards of locals since 1927, and features marching bands, floats, giant helium balloons, local celebrity guest appearances, and a visit from Santa Claus himself!

Milwaukee Stadium

Miller Park

This baseball park is home to the MLB’s Milwaukee Brewers, and is just a short shuttle ride away from all major hotels.

1 Brewers Way
Milwaukee, WI 53214

BMO Harris Bradley Center

Home to the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, this indoor arena in downtown Milwaukee also hosts several other sporting events throughout the year, including ice hockey, indoor soccer, and more.

1001 North 4th
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Milwaukee Landmarks

Harley-Davidson Museum

Biking fans rejoice! Milwaukee is home to the Harley-Davidson Museum, a downtown institution celebrating more than 100 years of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. This museum is one of the city’s most popular tourist sites, so plan ahead accordingly.

400 W Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Milwaukee County Zoo

If you’re traveling with children, consider spending the day at the Milwaukee County Zoo. With more than 1,800 animals housed in more than 200 acres of exhibits, this is a great place to learn about gorillas, polar bears, and everything in between!

10001 W. Bluemound Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Historic Third Ward

This local area is one of the most-visited spots in Milwaukee. Take a stroll down the river walk and spend the day checking out the public market, and shops, bars and restaurants to get a taste for the local flavor.

Milwaukee Neighborhoods

Take in Milwaukee with some of these fun and informative guided experiences. Historic Milwaukee, Inc. hosts several fascinating walking tours throughout the city illuminating the city’s past. For adult fun, check out the Miller Brewery Tour for more on Milwaukee’s vibrant brewing history. To see Milwaukee by water, Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals also has several guided experiences throughout the day. Reserve a brewery tour in Milwaukee today!

Milwaukee Restaurants

Wy’east Pizza

For some of the best pizza in town, look no further than Wy’east. Located in Washington Heights, this Naples-style joint is a local favorite.

5601 W Vliet Street
Milwaukee, WI 53208

The Tandem

In the mood for fried chicken? You’re in luck. The Tandem has some of the best Detroit-style and southern inspired food in town.

1848 W Fond du Lac Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53205

Black Husky Brewery

This brewery has some of the most delicious beers in town. This hip spot can get crowded so plan ahead!

909 E Locust Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212

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