Best of Milwaukee
- Where to Go
- The Best of Milwaukee and Madison
- The Best Wisconsin Weekends
- A Perfect Week in Door County
- Wisconsin for Recreationists
- Rustic Road Tripping
- Made in Milwaukee
- Madison Weekend
- Sports: The Packers and Beyond
- Out on the Town in Milwaukee
- Say Cheese!
- Four Days in the Mad City
- A Wisconsin Family Road Trip
- Wisconsin’s Best Brews
Historic Third Ward and Riverwalk: Milwaukee’s most historic commercial district is gentrified but not tacky, with shops, a farmers market, cafés, museums, grand architecture, and a cool riverwalk.
Milwaukee Art Museum: Its stunning, sail-like addition by Santiago Calatrava is ever trumpeted in international media; don’t forget the fantastic collections inside the building.
Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin: Wow. This lakefront addition is architecturally and educationally a magnificent exclamation point (literally, from above, and figuratively) on the city’s massive downtown works projects.
Pabst Mansion: It drops most visitors’ jaws — yes, this indeed was the Beer City, and the brewery families spared no expense showing off their riches.
Milwaukee Public Museum and IMAX: This phenomenal museum — which pioneered the concept of walk-through exhibits — has the nation’s largest number of exhibits, so many a day is needed to stroll through them all.
Villa Terrace: Smashing terraced gardens and renowned art collections make this museum unparalleled in the Midwest.
Miller Brewing: It soldiers on in the grand tradition of Milwaukee brewing. This megacomplex simply must be seen to be believed. Moreover, it’s a definite point of pride for Milwaukeeans.
Harley-Davidson Museum: Beer may have made Milwaukee famous, but its denizens are likely prouder of this true-blue heritage.
Summerfest: Otherwise known as the Big Gig, it’s the granddaddy of U.S. festivals — an 11-day blowout of music, food, and fun, with zillions of people partying heartily.
Cedarburg: To Milwaukee’s north is a gem of an anachronism, a preserved village with charm and lots of shops.
© Thomas Huhti from Moon Wisconsin, 5th Edition