Milwaukee, also known as the Cream City for its signature cream-colored bricks and Brew City for its rich brewing history, has plenty of activities for tourists visiting the area. But before we get into what you can see and do in this vibrant Wisconsin city, you may like to take a look at these IHG hotels near Milwaukee. They’re conveniently located, just like all IHG hotels, giving you easy access to most of the city’s sights. Once you’ve found the perfect place to stay, take a look at some things you just can’t miss in Milwaukee.
They say the best way to feel the essence of a city is to walk. A stroll down the RiverWalk, a 2-mile stretch along the Milwaukee River, is a great place to start. Not only does it have a fine selection of pubs and restaurants, but it’s also home to numerous exhibitions of public art and signs explaining the city’s history.
Milwaukee for Culture Lovers
In Milwaukee, you’re never far from a museum. The Milwaukee Public Museum opened way back in 1884 and welcomes half a million visitors every year. It’s home to over 4.5 million artifacts and several permanent exhibits. You’ll also find an intriguing “Streets of Old Milwaukee” display showing life-size, fully furnished models of shops and houses in the 19th century.
The Harley-Davidson Museum holds over 100 years’ worth of history from the makers of world-famous motorcycles. Much to the delight of biking enthusiasts, the museum also houses the oldest Harley Davidson in existence.
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Discovery World focuses on science and technology, while a trip to the Reiman Aquarium will take visitors on a sailing vessel from the Great Lakes to the Caribbean. Those who appreciate art will enjoy spending a day at Grohmann Museum, gazing at masterpieces from as early as 1580.
Need to plan a day out with the kids? They’re bound to enjoy a visit to the Milwaukee County Zoo, which houses over 1,800 animals and the world’s largest group of captive bonobos. Don’t miss the adorable Humboldt penguins as they swim in their 15,000-gallon tank.
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The Mitchell Park Conservatory is another interesting place for children and has incredible domes that contain their own unique worlds. Explore the Desert Dome’s cacti and shrubs, the Tropical Dome’s rainforest plants, and the Floral Dome’s seasonal floral displays.
Legendary Food and Brewery Scene
If you’ve worked up an appetite, The Blu Bar and Lounge is a must, as this gem offers breathtaking views of Lake Michigan. If you’re looking for something less elegant, take a Food and City Tour to explore the city’s lesser-known eateries. Uber Tap Room was the first to pair Wisconsin’s fabulous cheeses with its brews, and this cheerful, pleasant tavern is a rite of passage for Milwaukee visitors.
To get a taste of Milwaukee’s brews, a visit to the historic Pabst Brewery is a must. A small fee will get you a guided tour and a taste of the beers on tap.
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Of course, you can also visit one of Milwaukee’s farmers markets or to take a fun cruise downtown and marvel at the city’s skyline. No matter where you are in the city, you’ll always find an IHG hotel nearby.