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 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

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
4 out of 5
333 W Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee, WI
The price is $84 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Located in Westown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fiserv Forum and Milwaukee Public Museum. Milwaukee Public Market and Milwaukee Art Museum are also ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,321 reviews)
"This is an outstanding property at a fair price in the perfect location. The staff were exceptional."

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2022

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
The Pfister Hotel
The Pfister Hotel
4.5 out of 5
424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI
The price is $185 per night from Feb 10 to Feb 11
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 ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,345 reviews)
"The friendly helpful staff !"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022

The Pfister Hotel
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
4.5 out of 5
1611 West Canal Street, Milwaukee, WI
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The price is $125 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,242 reviews)
"Positive atmosphere a fun and happy place to be."

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2022

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
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Homewood Suites By Hilton Milwaukee Downtown
Homewood Suites By Hilton Milwaukee Downtown
3 out of 5
500 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI
The price is $110 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Located in East Town, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Milwaukee Public Market, Riverside Theater, and Pabst Theater. Wisconsin Center and Milwaukee ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (368 reviews)
"Beautiful building in historic Milwaukee. I loved the combination of preserving the old interior and enhancing the modernization of the suites for comfort and convenience. The staff was very accommodating, courteous and pleasant."

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2022

Homewood Suites By Hilton Milwaukee Downtown
Home2 Suites by Hilton Milwaukee Downtown
Home2 Suites by Hilton Milwaukee Downtown
3 out of 5
515 N Jefferson St, Milwaukee, WI
The price is $114 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in East Town, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Milwaukee Public Market and Riverside Theater. Pabst Theater and Milwaukee Art Museum are ...
3.6/5 Good! (79 reviews)
"We loved the fun decor and atmosphere of this hotel. Our room was large and clean, and the staff was super friendly. All this, plus a free breakfast, for a great price. Would definitely recommend!"

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2022

Home2 Suites by Hilton Milwaukee Downtown
Home2 Suites by Hilton Milwaukee Airport
Home2 Suites by Hilton Milwaukee Airport
3 out of 5
5880 South Howell Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
The price is $117 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Lake Michigan, Basilica of Saint Josaphat, and Aurora St Luke's Medical Center. Fiserv Forum ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (619 reviews)
"Very nice service."

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2022

Home2 Suites by Hilton Milwaukee Airport
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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