Milwaukee General Attractions
DESCRIPTION: Get a sense of Milwaukee’s flavor by strolling this cobblestone-connected series of riverfront restaurants, bistros, cafes and shops that meander through three distinct riverfront neighborhoods: the Historic Third Ward, Downtown, and Beerline B. RiverWalk winds more than 20 blocks from its’ northernmost to southernmost points and yet, it feels unified by permanent sculptures and changing art exhibitions that create an inviting outdoor gallery. Explore this always-open people magnet. BTW, Historic Third Ward has become a hub for artistic activity and exhibition within Milwaukee. The Riverwalk is currently home to more than 20 galleries and art studios, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and the Broadway Theatre Center.
ADDRESS: Water Street on the east and Plankinton on the west MAP
DESCRIPTION: More than a distinctive arm form atop Milwaukee Art Museum, Brise Soleil has become the icon of Milwaukee. It sits atop Quadracci Pavilion, a postmodern addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and completed in 2001. The 150,000-square-foot Quadracci Pavilion was originally planned to be just a nice upgrade. Then people motivated the artist, Calatrava, to create something exceptional for their community and raised more funding to do so. Thanks to them, this project responds to the culture of the lake: the sailboats, the weather, the sense of motion and change. The Burke Brise Soleil, form a moveable sunscreen with a 217-foot wingspan consisting of 72 steel fins ranging in length up to 105 feet. It takes 3.5 minutes for the wings to open or close. Sensors on the fins monitor wind speed and direction. Whenever winds exceed 23 mph for more than 3 seconds, the wings close automatically.
ADMISSION: Free to view from the exterior, museum visit pricing applies
DAYS & HOURS: The wings open Mon–Sun at 10a, close/reopen at Noon, and close at 5p (8p on Thursdays), weather permitting
ADDRESS: 700 North Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee, WI MAP
PARKING: parking lots nearby
DESCRIPTION: Undergoing renovation, this urban shopping mall spans three city blocks. It opened in 1982 with over 80 specialty stores at a time when urban department stores were closing in many arts of the nation; all the buildings of Grand Avenue connect by skywalk and link to a Residence Inn Hotel. If you visit downtown Milwaukee when its cold, you’ll definitely appreciate the Skywalk system.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 10a–7p, Sat 10a–6p, Sun 11a-5p
ADDRESS: 275 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI MAP
PARKING: garage attached to the mall
Historic Third Ward
DESCRIPTION: A converted warehouse district just 3 blocks south of downtown, features many charms of Old Milwaukee due to its strict Architectural review Board process. In other words, developers can only renovate to appropriate archictectural standards in common with the district. Visitors wouldn’t have it any other way because the result is a charming old district that lures you in to its fabulous Broadway Theater Complex, which houses a replica of an 18th Century Italian Baroque Opera House, the popular Skylight Opera Theater and the Chamber Theater noted for premiering Midwest plays. Off-Broadway Theater is home to the only all-women company in the city, Renaissance Theaterworks. The award-winning dance group Ko-Thi Dance Company also performs ceremonial dances and music of the Caribbean and Africa in this live theatre district for Milwaukee. If you’re not in a mood for theatre, there’s always plenty of bar & grills.
DAYS & HOURS: daily
ADDRESS: surrounded by the river, downtown and lakefront, Milwaukee, WI MAP
PARKING: lots are sprinkled throughout the district
Potawatomi Bingo Casino
DESCRIPTION: As the name implies, this popular venue is known for its 100+ table games, 3100 slot machines, bingo, and poker. Check out any of five restaurants: Dream Dance Steak, The Buffet, The Fire Pit Sports Bar & Grill, RuYi Asian Restaurant or Bar 360. The casino hosts nationally known performing artists in its 500-seat Northern Lights Theater. The casino has a preferred guest program and downtown shuttle with several nearby hotels.
BOX OFFICE: open three hours prior to shows and 30 minutes prior to on sale time
DAYS & HOURS: 24/7
ADDRESS: 1721 West Canal Street, Milwaukee, WI MAP
PARKING: valet parking available; fee self-serve parketing onsite
Harley-Davidson Museum & Tour Center
DESCRIPTION: Since 1903, the unmistakable sound of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle has been a grand Milwaukee tradition. Check out he manufacturing process that makes these motorcycles so unique and visit the Harley-Davidson Museum for historical background.
ADMISSION: see website; Free Age 4-
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun 10a-6p, Thu 10a-8p
ADDRESS: 3700 West Juneau Avenue, Milwaukee, WI MAP
Miller Brewery Tour
DESCRIPTION: offers you an indoor/outdoor guided walking tour of Miller Valley, home to more than 150 years of brewing history. It lets you experience Fredrick Miller’s arrival, and old brewing traditions and rich history of MillerCoors, along with the modern age technology of today’s brewing process. Tours include a video, views of the packaging center, distribution warehouse, brewhouse and one-of-a-kind Miller caves. If you are age 21+, you can stop at Bavarian-style Miller Inn for refreshing samples of our finest brews. Soft drinks are available for guests under 21 or upon request. End the tour with complimentary Miller beer and a visit to the Girl In The Moon Gift Shop.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 10:30a–4:30p, Sun 10:30a-2:30p
ADDRESS: 4251 West State Street, Milwaukee, WI MAP
PARKING: parking lot on premises
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
DESCRIPTION: Only horticultural structure of its kind in the world and a good place to visit when its cold. Each of three domes is like a separate venue: tropical dome, arid dome, and show dome which features different theme shows.
ADDRESS: 524 South Layton Blvd MAP