5 Reasons to Visit Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Traveling is my life and the thrill of going somewhere new is incredible! I was super excited to visit Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a travel conference that brought over 400 women together to talk about trends, social media, networking, and more. Though my time was limited, I found five reasons to visit Milwaukee, Wisconsin that were impressive enough for me to want to visit again. Midwest travel has my name all over it!
#1 Eat & Shop at the Milwaukee Public Market
If Milwaukee is a foodie’s dream city, then the Milwaukee Public Market is the crème de la crème of where to visit. In the heart of the historic Third Ward neighborhood sits this massive unique food destination with a plethora of eateries, gourmet shops, prepared foods, and food/cooking classes. Vendors range from the St. Paul Fish Company to Thief Wine Shop and Bar.
While visiting, I had a scrumptious lunch from Margarita Paradise Mexican Restaurant. My food was delicious, especially paired with their signature margarita. Brew City Brand Apparel was a cool shop to shop for speciality t-shirts, which I scored a few. The Milwaukee Public Market is open seven days a week and offers one hour complimentary parking with purchase/validation from a market vendor.
#2 Tour the Harley Davidson Museum
The Harley Davidson Museum is a fascinating place for anyone to visit, regardless if they own or ride a motorcycle. It is an architectural gem filled with Harley Davidson Motor Company memorabilia and antiquities that span the 100+ year history of the premiere motorcycle brand.
The women in attendance at our WITS conference were hosted at a private party thrown by the Harley Davidson Museum. My favorite parts were the color swatch (Tank) Wall and vintage bikes, some of which we could hop aboard for photo ops. The Custom Culture exhibit was also interesting with Elvis bike and rhinestone Harley.
#3 A Fun and Photogenic Downtown
Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a fantastic place for exploring on foot. The city is huge so have a game plan– make sure to include the Milwaukee Art Museum, historic Pabst brewery, and lakefront. I found magnificent street art, interesting art installments, local shops, and many cool cafes as I strolled down the many streets. Take a refreshing drink break and soak up the views from one of the popular rooftop patios around town.
#4 Dine at a Famous German Restaurant
Do you ever read about a restaurant and make a note to visit it when you happen upon that city? I had done just that with Mader’s Restaurant, a classic German food institution in Milwaukee that has been serving the community for more than 115 years. I brought a big group of friends to dine with me (we were celebrating a birthday) and we loved Mader’s!
A few of our delicious German dishes were the Rhine Sampler (Winer Schnitzel, Rheinischer Sauerbraten with spätzle, red cabbage, and sauerkraut), Reuben Rolls, and Pork Shank. Bonus, the wait staff wears traditional attire and the decor is spot on Bavaria. Free valet parking is available.
#5 Take a Selfie With “The Fonz”
Milwaukee has The Fonz; of course, I had to find the bronze statue in his likeness. Henry Winkler is an actor, published author, and Broadway star that I adore. He is best-known for playing Fonzie (the Fonz) on the 1970’s sitcom Happy Days. I tracked the Bronze Fonz, a public artwork by American artist Gerald P. Sawyer, down by the RiverWalk plaza to take my obligatory selfie. Isn’t he cute?
Milwaukee-Lots to Love
Milwaukee was a delightful city to visit. I’m anxious to see more of the city next time around including an in-depth look at the vibrant beer scene. This is a Midwestern city with a metropolitan vibe that I’m sure would fit any traveler’s needs.
Want to know why I was in Milwaukee? I was here to attend the annual Women in Travel Summit travel conference that unites like-minded female travelers, media, influencers, and media for networking, discussing business practices, and offering educational development classes. The conference is in its 5th year and has been held in Chicago (IL), Irvine (CA), Boston (MA), Milwaukee (WI), and Quebec City, Canada. The 2019 conference will be held in Portland, Maine.
Pin This Post For Later
Check out our other Midwest posts: