Top things to do in Milwaukee

Top Choice Museum in Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Museum

Hundreds of motorcycles show the styles through the decades, including the flashy rides of Elvis and Evel Knievel. You can sit in the saddle of various bikes (on the bottom floor, in the Experience Gallery) and take…
Top Choice American in Milwaukee

Comet Cafe

Students, young families, older couples and bearded, tattooed types pile in to the rock-and-roll Comet for gravy-smothered meatloaf, mac 'n' cheese, vegan gyros and hangover brunch dishes. It's a craft-beer-pouring …
Museum in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Art Museum

You have to see this lakeside institution, which features a stunning winglike addition by Santiago Calatrava. It soars open and closed every day at 10am, noon and 5pm (8pm on Thursday), which is wild to watch; head …
Baseball in Milwaukee

Miller Park

The Brewers play baseball at fab Miller Park, which has a retractable roof and real grass. The Racing Sausages star in the middle of the sixth inning. To the uninitiated, that's five people in foam-rubber meat costu…
American in Milwaukee

Ardent

Milwaukee's foodies get weak-kneed when they sniff the Beard-nominated chef's ever-changing, farm-to-table dishes. Dinner is a lingering affair in the tiny glowing room, with two seatings each night for the 10-cours…
Cocktail Bar in Milwaukee

Vermutería 600

The bar at the Hotel Madrid is a warm, magical space that transports you to 1930s Spain. It serves cocktails inspired by what Ernest Hemingway and pals were drinking when they stayed at the famed Hotel Florida in Ma…
Music in Milwaukee

Summerfest

It's dubbed 'the world's largest music festival,' and indeed hundreds of rock, blues, jazz, country and alternative bands swarm its 11 stages over 11 days. The scene totally rocks; it is held at downtown's lakefront…
Factory in Milwaukee

Harley-Davidson Plant

Hog-heads can get a fix at the plant where engines are built, in suburban Menomonee Falls. The factory offers two options for tours: a free, 30-minute jaunt where you see a video and take a quick walk onto the facto…
Brewery in Milwaukee

Miller Brewing Company

Founded in 1855, the historic Miller facility preserves Milwaukee's beer legacy. Join the legions lined up for the free, hour-long tours. Though the mass-produced beer may not be your favorite, the factory impresses…
American in Milwaukee

Bavette La Boucherie

This hip industrial space in the Third Ward is a butcher shop with a cafe that serves lunch and dinner. It stacks a meaty sandwich, such as the roast pork with rhubarb-raisin compote and the seared steak with truffl…