Visiting Milwaukee for the first time? Or perhaps you have just moved here having purchased one of the Milwaukee houses for sale. Whatever the case may be, don’t miss out on these 10 things you really need to do in this midwestern city.

Tour the Craft Breweries

One of America’s brew capitals, Pabst has been here for years, but there have been many small craft breweries popping up too, with 32 opening between 2009 and the end of 2019 according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. A few of the local favorite brewery tours include Lakefront Brewery where you’ll get four samples and a pint glass, Sprecher Brewery which includes 10 samples paired with artisan cheeses, and Stock House Brewing  with tours that include a pint glass and a beer.

Explore the Milwaukee Public Museum

This museum features 17 permanent exhibits, with one of the most popular, “The Streets of Old Milwaukee”, which contains fully furnished models of shops and homes from the city in the late 19th century.

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Visit the Milwaukee Art Museum

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Milwaukee’s Art Museum is located inside a unique building that has the appearance of a bird, with the “wings” flapping when it opens. Inside you’ll find more than 20,000 works of art spanning from the 13th-century to the present day.

Explore Motorcycle History, Pop Culture and More at the Harley Davidson Museum

Even if you aren’t a motorcycle enthusiast, this Milwaukee institution is another must-visit. It covers the history of one of the most famous bikes, Harleys, which dates back to 1903 right here in Milwaukee. It also includes pop culture and films that have featured the brand, along with many antique models.

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Sample the Delicious Eats at the Milwaukee Public Market

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You can sample all sorts of affordable gourmet foods at this public market just south of downtown. It offers a lively scene with a wide range of eats, and you can even take a cooking class here too. 

Enjoy Animal Encounters at the Milwaukee County Zoo

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Milwaukee’s zoo is home to more than 2,100 mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish in specialised habitats that span 190 wooded acres. It also hosts wildlife shows and a variety of special events. Some of the highlights include the Humboldt penguin where you can enjoy underwater viewing of their 15,000 gallon tank and the Sterns Family Apes of Africa.

Take a Tour of the Jelly Belly Warehouse

If you like Jelly Bellys, you have to take a tour of the warehouse that is located a half-hour’s drive south of the city. You’ll tour via a free express train to learn more about them, and of course, you can enjoy samples and buy some to take home too.

Catch a Brewers’ Game

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Milwaukeeans love their baseball – if you’re visiting, catching a Brewers’ game is a great way to mingle with the locals while having a good time; and if you’ve just moved there, you’ll definitely want to find out what it’s all about.

Smell the Flowers at the Mitchell Park Conservatory

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Also known as The Domes, this conservatory in Mitchell Park includes three distinct areas, with the Tropical Dome housing various rainforest plants from five different continents, a waterfall and tropical birds; the Desert Dome with cacti, arid-land bulbs and shrubs; and the Floral Show Dome with changing seasonal displays.

Paddle Through Downtown Milwaukee

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Get a different perspective of the city by kayaking along the Milwaukee River. You can bring your own, rent the gear, or join a tour. It’s a fun way to work off all that beer and cheese you’re bound to indulge in while you’re here. 

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Melvin is an experienced Outdoor Educator and a Multi-Sports and Leadership with more than 8 years of experience. A believer of lifelong learning, he is currently pursuing an EMBA and is also training to become a full-stack web developer. During his free time, Melvin enjoys a healthy dose of reading, travelling, writing, and boating.

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