Accessibility for Travelers with Special Needs
By John Morris for VISIT Milwaukee
The City of Milwaukee and VISIT Milwaukee welcome travelers of all abilities for bothbusiness and leisure. The following resources are available to help travelers with disabilities plan an accessible trip or vacation.
Many hotels in Milwaukee offer wheelchair accessible accommodation with accessible bath tubs or roll-in showers with grab bars.
When making a reservation, ask to speak with the hotel’s ADA Coordinator to confirm your accessibility needs.
Aloft Milwaukee Downtown
+1 (414) 226-0122
DoubleTree by Hilton Milwaukee Downtown
+1 (414) 273-2950
Hampton Inn & Suites
+1 (414) 271-4656
Hilton Milwaukee City Center
+1 (414) 271-7250
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
+1 (414) 276-1234
+1 (414) 276-8686
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
+1 (800) 729-7244
SpringHill Suites Milwaukee Downtown
+1 (414) 273-9811
Your hotel’s concierge may be able to assist with securing accessible transportation and any mobility equipment you require.
There are a variety of things to do in Milwaukee and the majority of attractions are wheelchair accessible. The city’s top accessible attractions include:
- Harley-Davidson Museum: Explore the 113-year history of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle company in the wheelchair accessible Harley-Davidson Museum. Exhibits highlight the company’s strong influence in transportation, moto-racing, 20th century war, policing and popular culture. Roll right up to “Serial Number One,” the oldest Harley-Davidson motorcycle known to exist, and conclude your tour with a bite to eat at the Motor Bar & Restaurant.
- Lakefront Brewery Tour: Lakefront Brewery, founded in 1987, has been rated among the top 4 brewery tours in the United States. It is also one of the most wheelchair accessible. Visitors will see firsthand how Lakefront’s award-winning beers are brewed in Milwaukee, then packaged and shipped to 37 U.S. states and multiple countries.
- Milwaukee Art Museum: The most beautiful building on the Milwaukee lakefront is home to the city’s art museum. Watch as the “sails” extend from the rooftop, then explore a diverse collection of decorative art, drawings, paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures from antiquity to the present. The museum, its cafe and the waterfront walkway are all accessible to wheelchairs via elevators and ramps.
- Milwaukee County Zoo: Come face-to-face with more than 2,500 animals at the Milwaukee County Zoo through a combination of indoor and outdoor exhibits. Wheelchair accessible viewing and feeding platforms, automatic doors and ADA-compliant bathrooms make a trip to the zoo easy and accessible for all.
- Milwaukee RiverWalk: The three-mile long RiverWalk runs along the Milwaukee River and through the heart of downtown. Numerous pathways, ramps and elevators exist to provide wheelchair access to the restaurants, bars, nightlife and shops that line the RiverWalk. Public art installations and performances by local bands add an extra touch of midwestern culture to the already vibrant scene.
- Pabst Mansion: Built in 1890-1893, the Pabst Mansion was home to Captain Frederick Pabst, founder of the Pabst Brewery. Wheelchair accessible tours of the Flemish Renaissance Revival mansion are possible via an elevator at the rear of the building. The mansion is today a historical tribute to the Gilded Age in Milwaukee, and has been well-preserved in spite of the city’s modernization.
The City of Milwaukee is home to two professional sports teams - MLB’s Milwaukee Brewers and the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. Both teams’ stadiums offer wheelchair accessible ADA seating and facilities to provide an equivalent experience for people with disabilities. Additional information on ADA tickets and stadium accommodations is available from the respective teams.
+1 (414) 902-4000 (Voice)
+1 (414) 902-4200 (TTY)
+1 (414) 227-0894
Your hometown disabled parking placard is valid in Milwaukee. Out-of-state parking permits are recognized by the State of Wisconsin.
A list of public and private parking lots and structures is available at www.parkmilwaukee.com. Most downtown hotels offer valet parking.
The Milwaukee County Transit Authority operates a city bus service which is fully accessible to wheelchair users. All buses feature ramps and wheelchair spaces with securement straps.
For a list of city bus routes and schedules, click here. (http://www.ridemcts.com/routesschedules)
Amtrak serves the Milwaukee Intermodal Station via the Empire Builder (https:// http://www.amtrak.com/empire-builder-train) and Hiawatha (https://www.amtrak.com/ hiawatha-train) train services. Empire Builder is a once daily westbound service through the Midwestern and Northwestern United States, ending in Portland, Oregon or Seattle, Washington. The Hiawatha Service runs 7 times daily (6 on Sunday) to Chicago, Illinois. All trains operating these services are wheelchair accessible.
Taxis with wheelchair ramps and/or lifts are not available in Milwaukee. Private, wheelchair accessible and non-emergency transportation is provided by the following businesses:
Choice Care Transport
+1 (414) 393-1944
Transtar Medical Transport
+1 (800) 972-8080
Emergency medical care is available at the following hospitals. Dial 9-1-1 to report a medical emergency.
Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College
9200 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53226
+1 (414) 805-3000
Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center
2900 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53215
+1 (414) 649-6000
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
8915 W. Connell Ct., Milwaukee, WI 53226
+1 (414) 266-2000
Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Milwaukee
2301 N. Lake Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53211
+1 (414) 291-1000
Medical Equipment Rentals
Medical equipment, including wheelchairs, walkers, shower chairs and hoyer lifts is available to rent from several local businesses. Rates, conditions and delivery or pickup terms vary.
Knueppel Healthcare Services, Inc.
1444 S. 113th St., West Allis, WI 53214
+1 (414) 258-2800
MetroCare Home Medical & Rehab Equipment, Inc.
9225 N. 76th St., Milwaukee, WI 53223
+1 (262) 250-0820
Alternatively, you can hire mobility equipment and arrange delivery through a third party agency, like Scootaround.
The following agencies and resources may be able to answer additional questions relating to accessibility in Milwaukee.