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How to Spend the Best Day in Milwaukee

We never thought we would ever find ourselves in Wisconsin, but after our day in Milwaukee, we are glad we took the time to explore the city. My cousin was getting married in Green Bay, but we flew in and out of General Mitchell International Airport, which gave us plenty of time to spend the day in Milwaukee. There are plenty of Milwaukee attractions to enjoy throughout the city. From brewery tours, eating cheese, an art museum, beaches, eating more cheese, walking the harbor and more – there are plenty of ways to spend the day in Milwaukee.

Without further ado, I am excited to show you how to have the best day in Milwaukee!

 

 

Brunch at Engine Company 3

Start your day in Milwaukee the right way with brunch at Engine Company 3. Engine Company 3 is one of the best brunch spots in Milwaukee! As the name suggests, Engine Company 3 is a renovated firehouse serving plates from around the world. Next to every entree is the country in which the dish is inspired from. In addition to their unique menu, Engine Company 3 serves its guests with the freshest, most sustainable and locally sourced food and drinks at an incredible value.

Order the Patacon con Huevo y Chorizo (Columbia) and Fried Pariser Sausage and French Toast (US). They are both packed with flavor and delicious.

Overall, Engine Company 3 has a great concept from providing locally sourced food, renovating a unique firehouse and creating dishes from around the world – it is the BEST brunch in Milwaukee.

217 W National Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 226-5695
Mon: Closed
Tues – Fri: 7:30am – 2pm
Sat – Sun: 8:30am – 2pm
$$

http://www.enginecompany3.com

 

 

It’s Miller Time!

Whether you love beer or not, the Miller Brewery Tour is a Milwaukee attraction not to be missed. The tour runs an hour long and includes a short video of Miller Brewing Company’s history, then continues as an indoor and outdoor tour. Guests will be able to learn everything about brewing beer and distributing it. The tour starts at the packaging center – we watched hundreds of beer cases pass us on a conveyor belt. Then guests visit the shipping and distributing warehouse, followed by the brewhouse. Guest’s favorite part of the tour is going inside the Miller caves. Miller used to store their beer in the underground caves to keep the beer at the perfect temperature, but now it is retired to be a part of the Miller Brewery Tour.

We can’t forget the best part, the tour is FREE and includes FREE BEER! The tour ends at their Bavarian-style Miller Inn and guests get to enjoy three different Miller beers (must be 21 years old).

4251 West State Street
Milwaukee, WI 53208
(414) 931-2337
Mon – Sat: tours typically run every 30 minutes between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m
Sun: tour times depend on the season (call ahead)
FREE 

https://www.millercoors.com/breweries/miller-brewing-company/tours/tour-information

 

 

Milwaukee Public Market

When you visit Milwaukee, you must try three of their famous foods – fish fry, fried cheese curds and Wisconsin cheeses. With that being said, one of the best places to eat in Milwaukee is at the Milwaukee Public Market because it is your one-stop shop to savor all of the delicious food. The Milwaukee Public Market is located downtown and is truly the perfect foodie destination! It features 16 different food vendors that are all unique and produce high quality and freshly-made prepared foods. There is somewhere to eat for everyone inside Milwaukee Public Market – Mexican, Thai, Middle Eastern, salad, sandwiches, healthy options, seafood, pizza, chocolate, cupcakes and more.

Visitors can either grab their food to go, find seats on the second level or the respected vendor seating. To get your famous Milwaukee grub, start at West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe for a Wisconsin artisanal cheese board and fried cheese curds. Then order your fish fry from St. Paul Fish Company. Viola, you have the perfect Milwaukee meal! At this point you may be wondering, what are fried cheese curds? Cheese curds are a natural shape and form before being processed into blocks of cheddar, therefore it is the freshest form of cheddar cheese and a healthy snack. However, Milwaukee takes the natural and healthy cheese snack and makes them even better by frying the beer batter dipped cheese curds. The result – DELICIOUS!!! Fish fry is more simple to explain, just Milwaukee’s term for fried fish (mostly cod or perch). Milwaukee has a tradition of having fish fry every Friday, but visitors can find their share of fish fry every day at St. Paul Fish Company.

400 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 336-1111
Mon – Fri: 10am – 8pm
Sat: 8am – 7pm
Sun: 10am – 6pm
$$
https://milwaukeepublicmarket.org

 

 

Milwaukee Art Museum

Another amazing Milwaukee attraction – the Milwaukee Art Museum has a magnificent collection of nearly 25,000 works of art. The building itself is a pice of art and it referred to as the Calatrava. Both the exterior and interior of the Calatrava is beautiful. The Quadracci Pavilion has a moveable wing-like sunscreen, named the Burke Brise Soleil, with a 217-foot wingspan. The wings unfold at 10am, flap at noon and close at 5pm. However, the inside is our favorite for its photography opportunities with floor-to-ceiling windows looking over Lake Michigan. If anything, visitors should enter the Milwaukee Art Museum just to take in the interior design and stunning views of Lake Michigan.

The art pieces inside the museum are collections of American decorative arts, German Expressionist prints and paintings, folk and Haitian art, and American art after 1960. Guests will find art pieces of a painting, drawing, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, video art and installations, textiles and more. Needless to say, there is a piece of art for any visitor to enjoy.

700 N. Art Museum Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 224-3200
Mon: Closed
Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun: 10am – 5pm
Thurs: 10am – 8pm 
Adults: $19 
Students and Seniors: $17
Children 12 and under: FREE
https://mam.org

 

 

Attend One of Milwaukee’s Famous Summer Festivals

Milwaukee is known as the “City of Festivals”, therefore they have plenty of festivals for visitors to choose. Milwaukee is a city with a rich heritage, which is why they feature several of their ethnic and cultural heritages every summer – Polish, Italian, German, Irish, Indian and Mexican. You can almost visit the world spending a summer in Milwaukee! They also have a pride, summer and pet festival. The festivals are taken place at the Henry W. Maier Festival Park along the shores of Lake Michigan. Visitors are guaranteed to have a great time at Milwaukee’s festivals. If you happen to be visiting during one of the festivals, this would be the best way to spend your day in Milwaukee!

639 E. Summerfest Place
Milwaukee, WI 53202 
(414) 273-2680
Check website for more information on scheduled events
https://www.milwaukeeworldfestival.com 

 

 

Beachin’ it at Bradford Beach

You don’t need the ocean to have a great beach in Milwaukee! One of Milwaukee’s greatest attractions is the Bradford Beach on Lake Michigan. Bradford Beach has 3 Tiki huts, 35 sand volleyball courts, cabana rentals, a boat house building with restrooms and a concession stand for guests to enjoy. Bradford Beach also hosts a beach volleyball summer league with over 500 teams! If you are lucky, maybe you can sub in for someone. Lifeguards are also on duty during the summer from June to August. Unfortunately, the one bad thing about Bradford Beach, is they do not allow dogs (service dogs only), so you will have to leave your man’s best friend at home. Despite the no dog rule, Bradford Beach is a great way to spend a lovely afternoon in Milwaukee.

2400 N Lincoln Memorial Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Open daily: 6am – 10pm
FREE
http://bradfordbeachmke.com/main.html

 

 

Basilica of St. Josaphat

The Basilica of St. Josaphat is one of the most beautiful basilicas in the United States, if not the world. It was finished in 1929 making it United States third basilica. At the time of its completion, the only dome bigger than the Basilica of St. Josaphat was the United States Capitol. The basilica represents Milwaukee’s Polish heritage, spiritual devotion, and patriotic pride as the second largest ethnic group in the city. The exterior of the basilica is glorious and is definitely worth a quick visit. Visitors can either take a self-guided walking tour inside the basilica or schedule a tour with the visitor center.

2333 South 6th Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53215
(414) 645-5623
Mon – Sat: 9am – 4pm
Sun: tour following the 10:00am Mass
FREE, but donations welcome
https://thebasilica.org

 

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I hope you enjoyed my list of how to spend the best day in Milwaukee. There is so much more to explore in the city, I just provided you with a little cheesy taste.

 

 

 

 

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30 COMMENTS

  • Stacy

    This is great! Wisconsin is one of the states I have yet to visit. We’re driving to Chicago next week and thinking of driving up for the day. Not sure if I’m ready for that cold.

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      Honestly, we never thought we would visit Wisconsin, at least not this early in our lives. We were pleasantly surprised with everything. Milwaukee has a lot to offer

  • Simone

    Never been to Milwaukee, but when i will i’ll keep your guiding tips in mind.
    The market and the Brewery are probably the things i would enjoy the most!
    Great pictures and everything well explained!

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      The market was really cool. We really enjoyed it as well as all of CHEESE!

  • Rachelle

    I certainly love visiting local markets whenever I travel! I had no idea that Milwaukee had a Public Market, but I’m sure glad they do. What a great place to try the local favorites. Maybe even catch a ball game!

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      The market was really nice. We enjoyed eating the fresh fish and CHEESE! The ballpark was really close by as well as the brewery.

  • Hang Around The World

    Lately we have read different posts about Milwaukee but we have to say that this is one of the best we have read! We’re art lovers so a tour at the Art Museum looks like an activity we can’t miss. Of course a day at the beach then 🙂

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      Aww thank you so much for your kind words. It really means a lot to us and we are glad to hear you found our post helpful and resourceful. We definitely think you will love the art museum!

  • Michelle

    I’ve heard great things about Milwaukie these days. And my grandpa lived there, so I’m sure we’ll get there at some point! Thanks for sharing these tips.

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      Definitely spend some time in the down town area and explore the market. It doesn’t feel like your typical downtown area which is nice!

  • Anna

    Wow, the Milwaukee Art Museum looks spectacular! I really like this type of modern architecture and especially like the pics you shot from the inside! 🙂

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      We were blown away from the inside as well as the outside. It is a beautiful structure

  • Milkytravel

    great, i am glad to see that most of the attractions are totally free of charge. Museum would be the first spot! Hope one day i will have a chance to visit Milwaukee 🙂

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      I think you will like Milwaukee. We were pleasantly surprised at the amount available to do

  • amanda

    I never would have thought of Milwaukee as a foodie place! love the idea of brunch in an old fire station and that market looks brilliant. I don’t even drink beer and I want to go on the Miller tour!

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      The brunch was amazing and in a cool area as well. The miller tour had a lot of history and we enjoyed that. The city definitely had great food options for sure!

  • Hazel

    Any day that starts with brunch is definitely going to be good day! I can’t believe the Miller tour is free and they give you beer, such a good tip, thanks!

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      Agreed! any day starting with brunch is great! We loved that it was free which we thought was unheard of

  • Bruce Schinkel

    Milwaukee really looks like a fun place to visit. I’d definitely have the brewery on my list, but brunch at Engine Company 3 sounds like the perfect local place to visit!

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      We feel it was local as well and a great option. We had a hard time deciding what we wanted because of the great options they had. The brewery was really cool to visit.

  • I never really thought about going to Milwaukee but you surprised me- it looks really interesting! The basilica is so beautiful! Is it really amazing inside? My husband would love a brewery tour too.

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      Honestly, Milwaukee was never on our list either until the wedding we went to was nearby. The city definitely surprised us

  • Adrenaline Romance

    Very nice place! We would like to visit the market and the brewery. We love “everyday” places like this; they give us a closer look to the “real” culture. The food though looks amazingly mouthwatering. Mmmmmm!

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      The food at the market was amazing as well as the atmosphere there. The brewery was really cool to learn about

  • Kellyn

    Could’ve definitely used a brunch like this today. I never thought about visiting Milwaukee, but it doesn’t seem like a bad place for a quick visit. Thanks for sharing.

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      Ya, it is definitely a great city for a quick visit. The brunch was top notch and we really enjoyed it

  • Punita Malhotra

    The nice thing about places like Milwaukee is that you’re in no rush to complete any agenda. Still there is so much to do. The town looks pretty and I really like the cathedral. The breakfast spread is divine.

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      The city is very relaxed we feel like as well. The cathedral was a big surprise to us. The brunch we had was awesome!

  • Beth

    I’ve heard of Bradford Beach and of course, beer comes to my mind when I think of Milwaukee. Good to know where to have brunch to help with a possible beer headache! The inside pic of the museum gave me the feeling of being in a spaceship! Very cool! The public market also looks like a nice place for an eating or strolling visit. Well written! Beth http://www.wisemommies.com

    • oursweetadventures
      AUTHOR

      We really enjoyed our time in Milwaukee. The brewery tour was really cool and we learned a lot. The food was great in the market and we loved all of the CHEESE!

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