Milwaukee, WI

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Milwaukee Art Museum featuring art and modern architecture
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 ArtMuseum (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

Drury Plaza Hotel Milwaukee Downtown
Drury Plaza Hotel Milwaukee Downtown
3 out of 5
700 N. Water Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53202
The price is $108 per night from Feb 9 to Feb 10
$108
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Milwaukee. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,162 reviews)
"Very standard property with likeable amenities. Parking was super easy and close, and it's walkable to so many things."

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2023

Drury Plaza Hotel Milwaukee Downtown
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
4.5 out of 5
1611 West Canal Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53233
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $175 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
$175
per night
Jan 30 - Jan 31
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Milwaukee. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,735 reviews)
Get your games on!
"Very relaxing and enjoyable experience. Really wish I knew about the parking lot construction since we don’t like to valet. Had to walk through the casino w toddler. He enjoyed it but we were not very comfortable doing that."

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2023

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
The Pfister Hotel
The Pfister Hotel
4.5 out of 5
424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI, 53202
The price is $205 per night from Feb 19 to Feb 20
$205
per night
Feb 19 - Feb 20
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Milwaukee. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 3 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,136 reviews)
"From the moment you walk into the Pfister, you are taking a walk back in time. The hotel is charming with old world elegance and history surrounding you wherever you gaze to the original doors to the pages from reservations in the late 1800’s. If you want to be swept away to a whimsical place, this ..."

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

The Pfister Hotel
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.
FRONTDESK 735 West Apts Westown Milwaukee
FRONTDESK 735 West Apts Westown Milwaukee
3 out of 5
735 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, 53233
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Milwaukee. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities, and meeting facilities. Popular attractions Milwaukee Public Library and Milwaukee ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (26 reviews)
Great place to stay
"The property was very nice and quiet. I could not get the WIFI to work and it seemed the HVAC was not working correctly but overall the property is one that I would look to stay at again."

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2022

FRONTDESK 735 West Apts Westown Milwaukee
The Plaza Hotel
The Plaza Hotel
3 out of 5
1007 N Cass Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53202
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Milwaukee. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the convenient ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (820 reviews)
"Clean"

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

The Plaza Hotel
Kasa Westown Milwaukee
Kasa Westown Milwaukee
4 out of 5
840 West Juneau Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, 53233
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Milwaukee. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and a fitness center. Popular attractions Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (26 reviews)
"I went to an event at Fiserv Forum with my grandchildren. The location couldn't have been better, just 3 blocks away and close to everything. The building has much to offer and we really enjoyed it. We will definitely stay again!"

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2023

Kasa Westown 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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