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MilwaukeeUnited States of America

Wisconsin’s major city is acclaimed for its rich history of brewing beer, a modern lakefront skyline and an eclectic festival scene.

Milwaukee exudes a laid-back Midwestern vibe. The city of almost 600,000 residents has a reputation as the “City of Festivals”, and Milwaukeeans know how to enjoy themselves.

Lake Michigan’s shoreline dominates the downtown area, framed by a skyline of modern steel and glass. The city also boasts preserved turn-of-the-century districts in East Town and the Historic Third Ward, which is dotted with theaters, galleries and restaurants.

Milwaukee has a colorful history with a strong German influence, and it’s still regarded as America’s “Brew City.” Get acquainted with Milwaukee’s beer heritage with a tour of the world-famous Miller Coors Brewery. Learn more about the city’s history at the Milwaukee Public Museum in downtown.

For more cultural pursuits, art lovers should make Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) the first port of call. It features an impressive contemporary design and more than 30,000 works of art dating back to the 15th century. Visit the popular Charles Allis Art Museum in the city’s East Side neighborhood to browse elaborate antique furnishings and decorative art.

The best vantage point for photos of the city’s skyline is from Festival Park or along the Bay View promenade overlooking Lake Michigan. From here, it’s an easy walk to nearby Discovery World, which caters to children with hands-on science exhibits. Hire a car and venture further afield to visit the wildlife at Milwaukee County Zoo.

Milwaukee experiences cold winters, but there are plenty of indoor attractions to escape the chill. Spend a day browsing books at the Milwaukee Public Library, or visit indoor gardens at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory. Visit the city in summer, and you can enjoy a wealth of open-air events and a vibrant arts and entertainment scene on the lakefront. Go to the Water Street or Bay View districts to mingle in stylish waterfront bars and cafés until the early hours.

Where to stay in Milwaukee

Top Hotels in Milwaukee

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
4.5 out of 5
1611 West Canal Street, Milwaukee, WI
The price is $80 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Marquette University, Harley-Davidson Museum, and The Rave-Eagles Club. Fiserv Forum and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,595 reviews)

"Was a clean hotel with friendly hotel staff, comfortable rooms."…"

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
The Pfister Hotel
The Pfister Hotel
4.5 out of 5
424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI
The price is $148 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9

Located in East Town, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and Riverside Theater. Pabst Theater and Milwaukee ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,564 reviews)

"Loved artwork, beautiful decor, pianist at bar, great food felt like royalty!!!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

The Pfister Hotel
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
4 out of 5
333 W Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee, WI
The price is $67 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Located in Westown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Milwaukee Public Museum and Fiserv Forum. Milwaukee Public Market and Milwaukee Art Museum are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,468 reviews)

"Great area, easy to find, very clean, will stay here again"…"

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2021

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Milwaukee

Staybridge Suites Milwaukee Airport South
Staybridge Suites Milwaukee Airport South
3 out of 5
9575 S. 27th street, Franklin, WI
The price is $76 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Milwaukee County Sport Complex and within 9 mi (15 km) of Rock Snow Park and Whitnall Park. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (324 reviews)

"Since there was no where else to say this I would like to say that the woman who was serving breakfast on December 25, 2020 did an excellent job. Very friendly. Very willing to make the breakfast anyway you wanted it. She had excellent customer service skills. She seemed very happy to serve the customer. ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2020

Staybridge Suites Milwaukee Airport South
The Plaza Hotel
The Plaza Hotel
3 out of 5
1007 N Cass Street, Milwaukee, WI
The price is $118 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Located in East Town, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cathedral Square and Milwaukee Art Museum. Pabst Theater and Discovery World are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (711 reviews)

"The hotel is charming in its historical presence. The lobby is especially interesting with architectural details."…"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2020

The Plaza Hotel
Mint House Downtown Milwaukee
Mint House Downtown Milwaukee
4 out of 5
401 W Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI

Located in Westown, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Wisconsin Center, Riverside Theater, and Milwaukee Public Museum. Harley-Davidson Museum ...

4.3/5Excellent! (13 reviews)

"The only thing I didn’t like is that I had to pay for parking"…"

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2020

Mint House Downtown Milwaukee
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Milwaukee

Milwaukee and the surrounding area are connected by the Milwaukee County Transit System, an extensive bus network that covers the city itself and the wider county. Milwaukee is also considered a bike-friendly city, with plenty of dedicated cycle lanes; rent a bike and explore yourself, or join one of the many cycle tours. Milwaukee’s a big city, but downtown is easy enough to traverse on foot. Visit the Wisconsin Department of Transport website.Browse Milwaukee rental cars.

Best time to visit

Summer is the most popular time for visiting Milwaukee, and it’s at this time of year that you’ll find the finest weather, with temperatures averaging in the high 70s F (mid 20s C). However, as this is the busiest time to visit, it’s also the most expensive, so you may want to consider coming in spring or fall, when it’s cheaper but temperatures can still be mild. Winter is cold, and it often snows.

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