Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a great place to visit in the summer. While the city has a diverse array of attractions, it is known for its’ breweries, and many of them offer tours. You can see one of Elvis Presley’s motorcycles in the Harley-Davidson Museum. In addition to the destinations listed below, places to visit in Milwaukee include the Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Mitchell Park Horticultural, Milwaukee County Zoo and the Schulz Aquatic Center.
Wauwatosa, a city that is part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area, is four miles west of downtown Milwaukee. The city’s Hart Park is a great place to visit in the summer. The park features a splash pad, tennis courts, hiking trails and playground. You can enjoy two self-guided tours through the city. Walking Tour of Wauwatosa Cemetery takes you through a 7-acre site that includes notable residents. Walking Wauwatosa takes you on a tour of Arts & Crafts, Bungalow, and Mail-Order Homes. Architectural points of interest in the city include the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Memorial Center is an impressive building that contains an auditorium, city hall and the public library. Biking and hiking trails in the city include portions of the Hank Aaron State Trail and Oak Leaf Trail.
Arts, shopping, dining, sports, tours and music draw visitors to Downtown Milwaukee. Things to do in the downtown area include Riverwalk Boat Tours, which features sunset cruises and riverside pub tours. You can enjoy a concert at Riverside Theater, Pabst Theater and Uihlein Hall or a live performance in the Baker Theater Complex and the Miller High Life Theater.
Other downtown attractions include the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center, Jewish Museum, Grohmann Museum, Discovery World and Lakefront Brewery. The kids will have fun at Betty Brinn Children’s’ Museum and First Stage Children’s Theater. You can easily get around the neighborhood through the 1.75-mile skywalk system or by using the public transit system. Dining and hotel options are numerous in the area.
Historic Third Ward
The Historic Third Ward, a revitalized warehouse district, is known as “Milwaukee’s Arts and Fashion District.” The neighborhood is situated along the Milwaukee River, three blocks south of downtown Milwaukee. You can shop at trendy national retailers and boutique shops, visit art galleries and dine at stylish restaurants.
The Milwaukee Public Market is located at one end of the neighborhood and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design is located at the other end. You’ll probably find food that is new to you at the Milwaukee Public Market, a unique food destination. The Historic Third Ward hosts a festival almost every weekend in the summer at the Henry Maier Festival Park, a 75-acre lakefront park that is highlighted by the Marcus Amphitheater.
Bronzeville Cultural and Entertainment District
The original Bronzeville District, founded in the early 20th century, was the inspiration for the Bronzeville Cultural and Entertainment District redevelopment initiative. In the 20th century, African-American culture was celebrated by all ethnicities in Bronzeville, the main African-American economic and social hub of its time. Nightclubs such as the Moon Glow and Metropole Club featured performances by luminaries like Billie Holiday and Count Basie. Today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, the main street in the district, is lined with African American-owned businesses. In August, The Bronzeville Arts and Cultural Festival celebrates the African American legacy of arts, culture, history and entertainment.