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Brats, beers, and bowling may immediately come to mind when you think of Milwaukee. But don’t let this town’s hard-working rep let you think that it’s all work and no play. Milwaukee is a big city (Wisconsin’s biggest in fact) that feels like a tight-knit town. And yeah, of course there’s beer here--their baseball team is named after it--but get past putting down pints and you’ll find a city that has plenty of culture.
Come check out this happening town and make sure you bring your sense of adventure, smile, and conversation. Because there is one thing that Milwaukee will make you feel: that you’re welcome here. If you have a trip planned out well in advance or you’re trying to grab a last-minute hotel deal in downtown Milwaukee, we’ve got a guide of what to do for you.
Join the Culture Club: Sculptures? Paintings? Of course! One of the largest collection of Georgia O’Keeffe paintings resides in the Milwaukee Museum of Art. But culture here isn’t just behind a paywall. Take a trip to the East Side and stroll down Black Cat Alley to see murals by renowned French Artist MTO.
Brew it Up: Yeah, we know we said there’s more to do than drink beer here, but you have to do a brewery tour when you’re in the city that made beer popular. The Pabst Brewery should be on any beer lover’s list for the architecture alone. But we say Lakefront Brewery has funnier tour guides and MKE Brewery gives you unlimited samples. Who knows, you may actually learn something.
Walk on the Weird Side: Have you ever fancied yourself an international spy on the run, but also one that makes time to have a cocktail? Head to the SafeHouse and give the password (or a silly dance if you don’t know it) to gain access to this Milwaukee institution. There’s also the Mary Nohl Art Environment in the suburbs of Fox Point that features a yard adorned with quirky and bizarre concrete sculptures.
Get Out There: Staying at Milwaukee hotels with free parking means you can come and go as you please, so why not take advantage of it? Surfing isn’t just for the two coasts, as Milwaukee’s “third coast” offers enough motion in the non-ocean to float a board and catch a few waves. Hit up Lake Effect Surf Shop to rent the right gear. For dryer pursuits that still have water views, stroll down the Milwaukee Riverwalk that offers 20 blocks of scenery winding through the heart of the city.
Milwaukee has the beer, the cheese, and the beer-cheese, but it has a lot more to offer than just stereotypes. Book a room at one of the hotels near Wisconsin Center and be near all the action. Or book a room at one of the hotels in Milwaukee near the General Mitchell International Airport and you can make that business trip into a mini-adventure. Whatever digs you go for; you’ll have a good time in Brew City.