Get ready to fall back into an extra hour this weekend! As we turn our clocks back and gain an extra hour early Sunday morning, we thought of 60 ideas to help you maximize those added 60 minutes around town in Milwaukee!
1. Grab a Coffee
Or even have time to grab another at one of Milwaukee’s many cafés and coffee shops to discover that Milwaukee’s place as the true Brew City extends to more than beer.
2. Take a Brewery Tour
But, if you want to experience the product that made Milwaukee famous, swing by a local craft brewery for a tour with a few samples of their delicious beverages along the way. Stop by for a tour and still have time for a few at one of these great breweries!
3. Have Another with Brew City Beer Pass
Get BOGO beers at more than 30 breweries around town with the Brew City Beer Pass. Bring a friend and chart your course on a little impromptu brewery crawl. It’s Sunday Funday after all!
4. Take a Hike
Sunday’s weather is projected to be in the mid-50s with partly cloudy skies, the perfect temperature for a hike or walk through one of the city’s 150 parks, including Seven Bridges, which is just stunning this time of year.
5. Visit a Museum
Spend your extra hour learning something new or discovering a new passion at one of Milwaukee’s many museums. From the magnificent works of the “Art, Life, Legacy: Northern European Paintings” at the Milwaukee Art Museum to the Third Planet exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum, the 450+ bikes at the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum to the immersive spaces found inside Discovery World, there’s something for the whole family.
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6. Count the Elephants at the Oriental Theater
The Oriental Theater on the city’s East Side is home to hundreds of sculptures and paintings of elephants. Catch a film and see how many you can count.
7. Have a Staring Contest with the Bronze Fonz
You can beat him this time, we promise!
8. Take on the Bloody Beast
We thought about challenging you to try to take down this masterpiece of culinary creativity. But for this one, it might be better to pace yourself. Grab a Bloody Mary at Sobelman’s or any of Milwaukee’s Bloody Mary artisans and catch the day’s games or catch up with friends.
9. Brunch a Bunch
With that extra hour, there’s no rush to devour the most important meal of the day. Enjoy everyone’s favorite hybrid meal and ease into a relaxing Sunday.
10. Spa Day
If relaxation is in your Sunday plans, go all the way and make it a spa day. Have a rejuvenating Sunday in the Good Land at one of these salons and spas, and head into next week refreshed!
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11. Go to a Farmers Market
Pick up farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, artisanal delights and so much more while supporting local business owners at one of the many farmers markets throughout the city’s 191 neighborhoods.
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13. Find Your Next Read
Get away from all your screens and find your next read at one of the Cream City’s many booksellers. Stroll the aisles and discover your perfect literary match to get lost in for that extra hour…or two…or three!
14. Get Lucky at Potawatomi Casino | Hotel
Drop into Potawatomi Casino | Hotel to catch the Packers game at the casino’s Sportsbook, fuel up at the recently opened Rock & Brews, or try your luck at one of Potawatomi’s many table games, slots or Bingo at 6:30 p.m.
15. Curd Crawl
Why try one cheese curd when you can sample them all with a curd crawl?! Check out all the restaurants offering cheese curds in the Milwaukee area, chart your course and set sail on a dairy-based adventure. Whether you’re in the mood for squeaky or fried, you can take advantage of that extra hour by making your day extra cheesy.
16. Get a Jump on Your Holiday Shopping
It’s never too early to start shopping for the holidays. Make your list, check it twice, then use those extra 60 minutes to pick up some local Milwaukee-made gifts for your friends and loved ones.
17. Close Wolski’s (Twice)
How many people can say they closed Wolski’s twice?! Earn your bumper sticker by watching the clock tick towards 2:30 a.m. two times on Saturday night.
18. Chant “Bucks in Six” 4,608 Times in a Row
Or…you know, visit the Milwaukee Bucks Pro Shop to pick up the new Deer District-inspired City Edition jersey that dropped yesterday.
19. Pass the time with Bobby Portis
Sign up for the Bobby Portis Pass and start checking into all nine places along the pass to be entered to win the Bobby Portis Big Prize Pack. If you plan it out right, you’ll have time to check into all nine and still a few minutes left over to catch the latest Locally Bobby video.
20. Go for a Drive
Sundays are tailor-made for taking a leisurely ride about town. Ride along Lake Drive to ogle the stunning architecture along the East Side and Northshore areas, cruise down the lakefront and spend the day admiring the city.
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21. Sign up to Volunteer with VISIT Milwaukee
At VISIT Milwaukee, we’re always looking for dedicated lovers of the Gathering Place to volunteer with our organization. If you’re in the area and love spreading the good word about the Good Land, sign up today!
22. Swing Away at a Golf Bay
Golf season may be drawing to a close, but it’s never too late to practice your stroke at a golf bay. Swing by X-Golf at American Family Field or Brookfield, Luxe Golf Bays at The Rock or TopGolf Swing Suites in the 3rd Street Market Hall.
23. Walk the RiverWalk
Take a stroll down this 3.1-mile riverside boardwalk to get some of the best cityscape views of Milwaukee as you travel from the Beerline B neighborhood all the way through the Historic Third Ward. If you’re walking at an average speed, you should be able to make it from one end to the other in almost exactly an hour.
24. An Hour to Make or Break
25. Wander the Wauwatosa Village
26. Bowl a Game…or Two
The average game of bowling takes 30-to-45 minutes, so grab your team and roll on over to your nearest bowling alley like the country’s oldest bowling alley, Holler House. Or try something entirely new with duckpin bowling at Koz’s Mini Bowl and Milwaukee’s first Football Bowling Bar, First and Bowl.
27. Claim Digital Art with Grace Weber
Listen to Milwaukee native and Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Grace Weber’s ode to the city she grew up in, "414," 18.5 times and still have time to secure your spot to see her in person by claiming her limited edition piece of digital art. Learn more about Grace’s love for the 414 by watching Milwaukee Made.
28. Game On
With an extra hour in your day, you can make some time to play. Race your friends or try your hand at some axe throwing at Accelerate Indoor Speedway, take your cuts at Broken Bat Brewing’s whiffle ball court, or slide into the night with shuffleboard at NorthSouth Club.
29. Sing Your Heart Out
There’s no time like the present to belt out your favorite song with some karaoke at Amped MKE, Ninja MKE or The High Note Karaoke Lounge.
30. Light Up Watching the Hoan Bridge
Light up your night while watching the brilliant lights on the Hoan Bridge as they play a unique light display.
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31. Take a Trip to a Sculpture Garden
At Lynden Sculpture Garden, you can rove the garden’s 40 acres of park, lake and woodland to uncover a collection of more than 50 ornately crafted sculptures. Blaze your own trail through this unique outdoor gallery and create an experience all your own.
32. Find Frank Lloyd Wright’s Milwaukee Legacy
Many don’t know that some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s visionary architecture lives right here in Milwaukee. The Burnham Block Homes on Milwaukee’s South Side are an example of Wright’s creativity and passion for crafting system-built homes.
33. Tour MKE
Take a tour of Milwaukee with City Tours MKE, Milwaukee Food & City Tours and Happy Times Tours & Experiences. Take a tour of the city by water with the Milwaukee Boat Line sightseeing tours. Or take a different type of haunting tour with Hangman Tours.
34. Take Your Taste Buds on a Global Tour Under One Roof
Milwaukee has a vast collection of food halls throughout the area, offering a wide selection of cuisine from all over the world. From Arepas to Thai, deli sandwiches to BBQ, check out food halls like the Milwaukee Public Market, 3rd Street Market Hall, Sherman Phoenix Marketplace, Crossroads Collective and more to take your palate on a trip around the globe without leaving Milwaukee.
35. Travel to a Local Sports Bar to Catch the Packers Game
Root for the home team or whatever team you love this Sunday and soak up the immaculate vibes of a football Sunday in the Cream City at a local sports bar. Or, if you don’t have a particular rooting interest, head to Jack’s American Pub where, if the Jets win, they’ll pick up your bar tab!
36. Reconnect with Nature
Spend an hour at a nature center or park, reveling in the peace and quiet and experiencing the majestic beauty of the world around us. Stop by the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Urban Ecology Center, Wehr Nature Center or any of the Milwaukee County parks to take a break from your screens as you spend some time communing with nature.
37. Get Your Tickets to a Show in the Milwaukee Theater District
Plan your next theater experience in Milwaukee’s most entertaining district and get your tickets today! With 13 theaters around town featuring everything from Broadway shows to rock concerts, there’s sure to be something for you to see in the MKE Theater District.
38. Go Behind the Mask at Beyond King Tut
Just opened at the Baird Center, the all-new Beyond King Tut exhibition takes you on a trip back in time to the discovery of one of history’s most mysterious pharaohs. Step inside this immersive experience to go behind the mask and see King Tut like never before at one of only two active locations of this exhibition in the nation.
39. Check in to Your Hotel or Book Your Next Vacation/Staycation
Now that you’ve had a chance to get some ideas for your extra hour in Milwaukee, now’s the time to plan your next trip to the Cream City. Book that next vacation or staycation today!
40. Find New Milwaukee Music
Turn your radio dial to 88.9 or 89.7 for a soundtrack to your adventures around town. Tune in to hear everything from today’s hottest artists to local music, or take it with you anywhere by streaming Radio Milwaukee and WMSE on your phone.
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Milwaukee is a proud member of Bird City Wisconsin. As we’re well into migration season, see if you can spot your local favorites before they head south for the winter.
42. Stock up on Milwaukee Merch
43. Take Yourself for a Spin
Hop aboard a Bublr Bike to see even more of Milwaukee by bike. Ride along the lakefront at Veteran’s Park or Lakeshore State Park before putting the pedal to the metal on the Oak Leaf Trail or Hank Aaron State Trail. If an indoor spin is more your speed, take a ride with Spinn MKE.
44. Earn Your Green Thumb
Pick up a verdant companion and add a splash of color to your home at a plant shop like Clover.
45. Make it a Gallery Day
46. Make a Splash by Taking the Water Current Walking Tour
In a city where three rivers meet in a confluence, emptying into Lake Michigan, water is essential to the destination. Take a walking tour through downtown Milwaukee, the Historic Third Ward, Walker’s Point and the Harbor District to discover some of the water-based attractions and assets including the Global Water Center, the country’s only school of freshwater sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Paliafito Park and Harborview Plaza. Go with the flow as you explore Milwaukee’s aquatic sites with the Water Current Walking Tour.
47. See the Sights Aboard The Hop
Hop aboard and see Milwaukee unlike ever before as the city’s streetcar weaves its way along the city’s streets to Burns Commons on the edge of the East Side and back to the Milwaukee Intermodal Station. Loving the view? A trip from one end of the line to the other only takes about 17 minutes, so you can make two roundtrips on the M-Line in just over an hour.
48. Savor the Flavor of a Local Staple
How about a little treat? Savor your extra hour with a local staple, custard. A richer, creamier cousin of ice cream, custard is the perfect way to celebrate the day. Get the scoop for yourself at one of the city’s custard shops today.
49. Retrace Your Steps
Just make sure you haven’t dropped anything along the way!
50. Tour Milwaukee’s Largest Public Gallery
In Milwaukee, you don’t need to go to a museum to see beautiful works of art. Take a stroll down practically any street in the city to discover incredible annual exhibitions by Sculpture Milwaukee and stunning larger-than-life public murals like Black Cat Alley on the city’s East Side. Spend an hour exploring Milwaukee’s largest public gallery, available just about everywhere downtown.
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51. Plan Your Next Visit
Surf the VISIT Milwaukee website to glean ideas, insights and inspiration for your stay here in Brew City.
52. Check out Downtown Milwaukee’s First Kohl’s
Stand in the freshly opened Kohl’s Department Store and marvel in bewildered awe at the organization’s first downtown location at the 3rd Street Market Hall.
53. Fall Back in Time at a Vintage Shop
Uncover the perfect vintage good to add to your home or wardrobe at one of Milwaukee’s antique sellers and vintage retailers throughout town including Bandit MKE, Refresh Vintage, Clocktower Antiques and more.
54. Dine at a James Beard Award-Recognized Restaurant
Treat yourself to a dinner at one of Milwaukee’s 18 James Beard Award-recognized restaurants. From the home of 2022’s Best Chef in the Midwest, The Diplomat to the farm-to-table cuisine of Birch, the flavors of Spain and Portugal at Amilinda to the classic Serbian cuisine at Three Brothers, no matter what your taste buds are craving, Milwaukee has an award-winning eat for you.
55. Schedule a Private Sauna Session at Hot Spell Sauna
Don’t sweat the small stuff with your extra hour. Instead, catch up with a couple of friends inside Hot Spell Sauna’s location at Zocalo in Walker’s Point. A great way to release toxins and increase blood flow, this will be your best sweat yet.
56. Josh Around Milwaukee
Discover the best hidden gems and uncover new favorites with your favorite Josh Albrechts in our vlog and podcast series “Joshing Around Milwaukee.” From the Wisconsin State Fair to Black Husky Brewing, learn about the many local businesses that make Milwaukee special with an iconic Milwaukee duo just Joshing about town.
57. Watch 2.11 episodes of “Good Things Brewing”
Catch up on the Emmy-nominated series “Good Things Brewing,” and join host David Caruso as we hear from leaders in the Milwaukee community about what makes the Cream City special.
58. Watch the Wings Flap at the Milwaukee Art Museum
The wings at the Milwaukee Art Museum only take about three-and-a-half minutes to open or close or roughly seven minutes to watch them flap at noon. Watch the wings flap, then spend the next 53 minutes incredulously trying to comprehend the intricate nature of the flying art museum on the lake.
59. Visit the Domes
Travel to three different climates in under an hour at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, better known locally as The Domes.
60. Read the Blog
Read the entire VISIT Milwaukee blog for more Milwaukee inspiration and even more ideas for what you can do with this odd time travel dance we do every year as we make another trip around the sun.