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For those of you planning to stay in Milwaukee for longer than just the wedding, there are many day trips worth your while in the area.

NEW!!! - Milwaukee Harley Davidson Museum

400 Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI
The Harley Davidson museum will be opening right here in Milwaukee on July 12th.  Tickets are required and range from $10-$16 for children, adults, and seniors.  The museum is approximately 6 blocks directly south of the Hilton.

German Fest

200 North Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
German Fest will be going on at the festival grounds near Lake Michigan from Friday July 25th - Sunday July 27th.  Fireworks will likely take place every night to accompany all of the German entertainment, festivities, and food.  Admission is required and parking may be difficult near the festival.  Continue to check the German Fest website for updates and more details if you are interested.

Six Flags Great America

Six Flags Great America
542 Highway 21
Gurnee, IL  60031
Six Flags Great America is located 50 miles south of Milwaukee.  It includes both a theme park and a water park. 

Bristol Renaissance Faire

Bristol Renaissance Faire
12550 120th Ave.
Kenosha, WI  53142
Come Party Like its 1599!  Your Faire day will be topsy-turvy full of unexpected surprises. Jugglers, jesters, stilt walkers and other foolish folk will have you spinning into their midst.
The Renaissance Faire operates on 9-10 weekends during the summer, offering loads of entertainment, food, and games all with the Renaissance theme.  Tickets are about $19 for adults and $10 for children.  Check the direct link for updates on reduced rates or specials that the Faire may be offering.  Located in Kenosha, WI, the Faire sits slightly over 40 miles from downtown Milwaukee.

Gurnee Mills

Gurnee Mills is one of the largest malls in the Midwest with over 200 stores.  Located a short drive from Six Flags Great America, Gurnee Mills has many unique stores along with several places to eat.

Lake Geneva

Potawatomi Casino

Potawatomi Bingo and Casino
1721 W. Canal St.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Potawatomi Casino is located 1.4 miles away from the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. 

Milwaukee County Zoo

Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens
10001 West Blue Mound Road
Milwaukee, WI  53226
(414) 771-5500
Less than 10 miles from downtown Milwaukee, the Milwaukee County Zoo displays nearly 2,000 animals representing 350 species.  Recognized as one of the country’s finest zoological attractions, the Milwaukee County Zoo serves as a resource to educate, entertain and inspire.

Noah's Ark Water Park

Noah's Ark Water Park
1410 Wisconsin Dells Parkway
Wisconsin Dells, WI  53965
Noah's Ark is located 120 miles from the Hilton Milwaukee City Center and is America's largest waterpark.

Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N. Art Museum Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
The Milwaukee Art Museum is slightly over 1 mile from the Milwaukee Hilton and sits right on the lakefront of Lake Michigan.

Milwaukee Brewers Major League Baseball

Miller Park
201 S. 46th Street
Milwaukee, WI  53214
Often referred to as Wrigley North due to the Chicago Cubs dominance over their division rivals and the great devotion of Cubs fans to travel to Milwaukee to watch numerous Cubs victories, Miller Park still provides a great atmosphere for any baseball fan.  The recently built stadium is a mere 4.5 miles from the Milwaukee Hilton.  Ironically, the Cubs will be playing in Milwaukee immediately following the wedding weekend from July 28th - July 31st.  Milwaukee also is home Friday July 25th - Sunday July 27th for three games against the Houston Astros.  The tentative game times for these games are 7:05, 6:05, and 1:05. 

Milwaukee Bikes and Skate Rental

They are located in Veterans Park next to McKinley Marina South and the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center.
We would definitely recommend renting bikes to ride along the lakefront.  They are available to rent at a half hour rate and are a great way to enjoy the lakefront.

Milwaukee River Cruise Line

Milwaukee River Cruise Line
205 West Highland Avenue, Suite 204
MIlwaukee, Wisconsin  53203
(414) 276-7447
The Milwaukee River Cruise Line showcases downtown Milwaukee, the festival grounds, Lake Michigan breakwater lighthouses, and the city skyline aboard a fleet of custom designed European canal boats.  Check out the company's website to view the various cruise offerings available and accompanying prices.

Milwaukee Boat Line

Milwaukee Boat Line
505 N RiverWalk Way
Milwaukee, WI  53203
(414) 294-9450
The Milwaukee Boat Line dock is located downtown on the Riverwalk, near the Grand Avenue Mall, on the west bank of the Milwaukee River between Michigan and Clybourn Streets.  Tours last approximately 90 minutes.  Adults are $12.  One child is free with purchase of a single full price adult ticket, and each additional child is $6.  Some of the sights on the tour include Milwaukee's skyline, historic lighthouses, pier wisconsin at Discovery World, Summerfest Grounds, World's Largest Four-Sided Clock, and river bridges opening for the boat as it sails along the Milwaukee River into Lake Michigan.

Children's Museum

Betty Brinn's Children Museum
929 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI  53202
Located right off of Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee Chilren's Museum is less than a mile from the Milwaukee Hilton.

Milwaukee Public Museum and IMAX Theater

Milwaukee Public Museum
800 W. Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI  53233
The Milwaukee Public Museum and IMAX are just under a half mile from the Milwaukee Hilton (3 blocks West, 1 block North).

Discovery World

Discover World
500 N. Harbor Dr.
Milwaukee, WI  53202
We have not been able to visit Discovery World yet, which opened in 2007.  The museum-like attraction sits right on the lakefront and offers an interactive experience with science and technology.

The Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion

Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion, Inc.
2000 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin  53233
The Pabst Mansion is a testament to Captain Frederick Pabst's success, his love of life and his German heritage.  In 1892, the Flemish Renaissance Revival Mansion of Captain Frederick Pabst, world famous beer baron, accomplished sea captain, real estate developer, philanthropist and patron of the arts, was completed. From the day the house was inhabited, it was considered the jewel of Milwaukee's famous avenue of mansions called Grand Avenue and represented the epitome of America's Gilded Age Splendor in Milwaukee.
The Mansion sits just west of Marquette's campus and about a mile and a half from the Hilton.  Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children.

Miller Brewery Tour

Miller Brewing Company and Visitor Center
4251 W. State St.
Milwaukee, WI  53208
Miller Brewing Company offers a free, entertaining tour, guiding visitors through the rich history and brewing process of Miller beers. The one-hour guided walking tour allows guests to experience an informative 3-screen video and provides an up-close look at the brewhouse, packaging center and historical caves. Tours conclude with hospitality at the historic Miller Inn or Beer Garden (seasonal) where guests 21 and older can relax and enjoy frosty beer samples. Soda provided for all guests upon request.

Lakefront Brewery

Lakefront Brewery
1872 N. Commerce St.
Milwaukee, WI  53212
Lakefront Brewery is a microbrewery on the riverfront (we know, the title isn't exactly correct).  But if you are looking for a different type of brewery tour check this one out.  The tour is $5, unless you go on a Friday night which is $10, but the extra $5 is applied to a Fish Fry later that night.

Sprecher Brewery

Sprecher Brewing Co. Inc.
701 W Glendale Ave.
Milwaukee, WI  53209
Known most particularly for their root beer, Sprecher Brewing Co. also brews its own beer and other flavors of soda.  The brewery offers tours Friday-Sunday.  Call 414-964-2739 for details on tour times.  The Sprecher Brewery sits about 5 miles from the Hilton, making the drive under ten minutes. 

Harley Davidson Factory Tour (Powertrain Operations)

Harley Davidson Powertrain Operations
11700 W. Capitol Drive
Wauwatosa, WI  53222
Milwaukee is the birthplace of the Harley Davidson brand, so why not take a tour and see how the hogs are made.  Be sure to check back in the near future as Harley is opening an all new museum in 2008 right here in Milwaukee.

Jelly Belly Tour

Jelly Belly Center
10100 Jelly Belly Lane
Pleasant Prairie, WI  53158
(866) TOUR-JBC
The Jelly Belly Tour is available at the Jelly Belly warehouse on the Wisconsin-Illinois state line, about 43 miles south of Milwaukee.  The tour details the history of the Jelly Belly jelly bean and how the company produces its signature product.  Tours run everyday from 9am-4pm.

Lambeau Field Tours and Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame

Green Bay Packers
Lambeau Field Atrium
1265 Lombardi Avenue
Green Bay, WI  54304
Visit historic Lambeau Field where the Green Bay Packers play their home game, a short 2-hour drive North of Milwaukee.  Stadium Tours are available, and don't forget to visit the Packer Hall of Fame.

Bay Beach Amusement Park

Bay Beach Amusement Park
100 N Jefferson St # 510
Green Bay, WI 54301
This amusement park in Green Bay has entertainment for the whole family  with rides, a wading pool, and a restaurant.  There is no admission charge to this historic park.

Bayshore Town Center

Bayshore Town Center
5800 N. Bayshore Dr.
Glendale, WI  53217
Bayshore Town Center is primarily an "outdoor" mall.  This is one of our two preferred malls and it has many great places to eat within the Center (Cheesecake Factory, Mongolian BBQ, Devon Seafood and Grill, Bravo!, California Pizza Kitchen, Potbelly, and Qdoba)

Mayfair Mall

2500 North Mayfair Rd.
Wauwatosa, WI  53226
Mayfair Mall is the other great place to shop around Milwaukee.  Similar in driving time as Bayshore, Mayfair has similar stores and dining options. (Cheesecake Factory, Maggiano's, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Panera)

Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward

The Historic Third Ward is just south and east of the Milwaukee Hilton.  It has numerous unique restaurants and specialty stores, including: Milwaukee Public Market, Broadway Theatre Center, and the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD).

Brady Street

Nine blocks running east to west from Lake Michigan to the Milwaukee River that contain some of the city's finest restaurants, shops, taverns, lounges, salons and cafes.  From every day necessities to the extraordinary you'll find it here, in a neighborhood where the emphasis is on community, with locally owned and operated establishments each with its own unique flavor.

Water Street

Water Street is the center of Milwaukee's nightlife.  The many bars and clubs that line Water Street are a short walk from the Hilton.

Apple Holler

Apple Holler
5006 S. Sylvania Ave.
Sturtevant, WI  53177
30 miles south of Milwaukee, Apple Holler is mainly an orchard that allows you to pick your own apples, as well as a restaurant.  There is also a gift shop and bakery at Apple Holler.  We went to Apple Holler in the Fall of 2006 and had a great time, but a slight warning: if you plan on picking apples, the minimum that you need to buy is around 40.  Needless to say, we had apples for a long time.

University of Wisconsin - Madison

University of Wisconsin
800 Langdon St.
Madison, WI  53706
University of Wisconsin - Madison boasts a beautiful Big Ten campus.  About a one hour drive from Milwaukee, Madison's campus has a variety of places to visit.  The campus also has the notable State Street and sits near the state capitol building.

If all else fails, check out  This site has even more options and recommendations on things to do and see, as well as places to stay. 

Continue to check back here for updated information and additional ideas for things to do while you stay in or near Milwaukee.

Last updated July 6th, 2008.

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