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The Milwaukee Bucket List

How do you capture the spirit of Milwaukee when time is limited?

Discovery World
It’s maritime heritage meets 21st century cool at Discovery World.

With so much to see and do, it's hard to narrow down the options for a great day out. Here are a few suggestions.

To sample the beers that make Milwaukee famous these days, take an entertaining tour at MillerCoors, Sprecher Brewery, Lakefront Brewery or Milwaukee Brewing Company – or check out Great Lakes Distillery for small batch vodkas, gin and spirits.

It’s maritime heritage meets 21st century cool at Discovery World. Explore interactive science and industry exhibits and pet the sharks in the Aquarium. Play guitar along with a virtual Les Paul, lie on a bed of nails and take a virtual walk through the universe.

Designed by star international architect Santiago Calatrava, this striking architectural beauty features a “wing-like” sunscreen with a span equaling that of a Boeing 747 that can be raised or lowered. Inside you’ll find an extensive collection of American and European works, German Expressionist, decorative arts, folk art and a Haitian art collection. The museum is also home to one of the world’s largest Georgia O’Keeffe collections.

It’s game on at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino with the excitement of more than 3,100 slot machines, 100 table games, a bingo hall and an expanded off-track betting room. Treat yourself to a variety of dining options, including the award-winning Dream Dance Steak restaurant, and enjoy a show in the intimate, club-like atmosphere of the Northern Lights Theater. Stay in the lap of luxury at the casino's new 18-story hotel.

Harley-Davidson Museum
Unleash your inner rebel at the Harley-Davidson Museum.

Located along the RiverWalk, the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is home to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Ballet, Florentine Opera, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and renowned First Stage children’s theater. Touring Broadway and Off-Broadway shows also take the stage throughout the year.

Unleash your inner rebel at the Harley-Davidson Museum. The museum chronicles the history of an American legend from the first Harley ever produced in 1903 through a priceless display of 450 bikes and also features Harley’s role in pop culture. Hop on one of the bikes at the end of the tour for a great photo op and stop at Motor Bar & Restaurant for Route-66-inspired foods.

The revitalization of this former warehouse and manufacturing district has earned it comparisons to New York’s trendy “SoHo.” This walk-around neighborhood is home to art galleries, theaters, boutiques and specialty stores, restaurants and a lively bar scene. Sample Wisconsin artisan foods, chocolates and frozen custard at the popular Milwaukee Public Market.

From the Third Ward, stroll along the RiverWalk to cobblestoned Old World Third Street, where Milwaukee’s German heritage is brought to life in the facades of the 19th-century buildings. Shop at legendary Usinger’s Famous Sausage, Wisconsin Cheese Mart and The Spice House. Don’t miss Mader’s restaurant, serving up German fare for more than 100 years, or grab a “brat and a beer” at a neighborhood pub.

Stroll through the museum’s “Streets of Old Milwaukee” and be transported back to a time of gaslit walkways where you can peer into vintage shops and homes. Go on to explore a Costa Rican rainforest, a year-round live butterfly garden and see the world’s largest dinosaur skull.

Bronze Fonz
Be sure to stop for a thumbs-up photo with the Bronze Fonz.

Extending three miles through downtown Milwaukee along the Milwaukee River, the RiverWalk is a scenic promenade lined with public art, restaurants and pubs. At the southeast corner of Wells Street and the RiverWalk, be sure to stop for a thumbs-up photo with the Bronze Fonz – a life-sized statue of the iconic character Fonzie from the Milwaukee-based “Happy Days” TV show.

Where better to take the family for an unforgettable visit than the nationally-recognized Milwaukee County Zoo? More than 2,500 animals, from bonobos to polar bears, and big cats to giraffes, are housed on 200 acres of natural habitats. Kids love the zoo train, and the new Sky Trail® Wisconsin Adventure Zone challenges all ages to try out the 500-foot zip line, climbing wall and ropes course.



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