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Ride a Bus Rental in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Discover Brew City!

Discover the City of Festivals with a bus rental in Milwaukee, Wisconsin!

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee is Wisconsin's biggest city, with close to 600,000 people calling it home. It goes by several nicknames, including the City of Festivals, Brew City, Cream City, the Mill, Beer City, Milltown, Brew Town, Beertown, and Deutsch Athen. As you can guess, there are so much to see and do in Milwaukee that you should really get a bus rental in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and explore this wonderful city.

A bus rental in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the best way to get around the city.

Milwaukee is known for its brewing history, but you can certainly have fun touring the many attractions here, including the Milwaukee Art Museum, Miller Park, and the Wisconsin Center, among others. Explore the city's rich past and exciting present on a bus rental in Milwaukee, Wisconsin!

Entertainment & Amusement Parks

Milwaukee, Entertainment & Amusement Parks

Several fun places that you can go to in Milwaukee include the Blazzin Lazers Laser Tag Arena, Falcon Amusements and Puddle Jumper Lagoon Indoor Water Park.

Then you can go gambling at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, where you could play at the poker room and in one of the biggest gaming floors in the state. The bingo hall here occupies more than 45,800 sq. ft. of space and you have access to at least 30,000 gambling machines.

Arts & Culture

Milwaukee, Arts & Culture

Milwaukee has some of the biggest and most prestigious visual and performing arts venues in the state. World class and excellent are often used to describe the performances, with its opera companies, a nationally renowned ballet company, and world-class orchestras all headquartered in the city.

Check out the following art museums and galleries:

Grohmann Museum - Man at Work Art Collection gives you more than 800 American and European art works, including sculptures and painting dating back to the 1580s to the present. Head on to the David Barnett Gallery. The oldest and biggest gallery in the state features artwork from the world's best masters to up and coming artists coming from all over the state. There are more than 500 artists represented here.

Haggerty Museum of Art holds special exhibits that allow you to admire the works of contemporary artists and the old masters. You can find at least 4,000 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper in the museum's permanent holdings.

Further, a visit to the Institute of Visual Arts at UW-Milwaukee will introduce you to the research center in contemporary art, as well as the center's various programs and the chance to see new works from new artists. While the Jewish Museum Milwaukee gives you a glimpse into the life of the city's Jewish population using graphics, interactive exhibits, tours, photographs, artifacts and special events.

You can also check out the Milwaukee Art Museum, which allows you to see artworks that are related to the state of Wisconsin. There are more than 3,000 artworks here coming from at least 300 artists. You can also visit the Marshall Building Art Galleries, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, Mitchell Gallery of Flight, Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, the SC Johnson Gallery: At Home with Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Morning Glory Gallery.

Some of the performance arts venues and groups you should know about are:

  • Northern Lights Theater: An intimate theater that gives you world-class dining and entertainment in one. You can also go to the Fireside Dinner Theatre.
  • Milwaukee Theatre: Where you could catch a show in an elegant setting.
  • UWM Peck School of the Arts: Puts out at least 350 theater, music and dance performances art exhibits, movie showings and other events every year.
  • Historic Third Ward Association: The city's arts and fashion districts, where you could also visit great restaurants, theaters, galleries, boutiques and other venues.
  • Bel Canto Chorus: Now more than eight decades old, the chorus is the best choral music group in the city.
  • Danceworks, Inc.: This is where the Danceworks Performance Co., Dreamtime Arts Studio, and Studio 1661 are all located.
  • Milwaukee Public Theatre: This is where you can catch the best entertainers, speakers and artists perform.
  • Milwaukee Repertory Theater: This is a nationally known theater group that gives you the best shows including dramas, classics, modern works and even cabaret shows.
  • Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra: The biggest performing arts group in the state gives you top-notch live concerts in various venues in the city.
  • Florentine Opera Company: Combining the best artists in both music and theater, the operas presented by this group has wowed audiences for more than eight decades now.
  • Milwaukee Chamber Theatre: Gives you professional and high quality works at the Broadway Theatre Center.
  • Pabst Theater: A historic landmark where the best performers hold their shows, including Wilco, Brian Wilson, and Lyle Lovett.

Other arts-related attractions to watch out for include Festival City Symphony, In Tandem Theatre, Inc., Kids From Wisconsin, Latino Arts, Inc., Lynden Sculpture Garden, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Milwaukee Ale House, Milwaukee Ballet, Next Act Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center, the Riverside Theater, and Turner Hall Ballroom.

Public art. The city also has more than six dozen sculptures that are scattered all over the city. These sculptures honor different people and commemorate a variety of events, including:

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli
  • Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben
  • George Washington
  • Immigrant Mother
  • Letter Carriers' Monument
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Pope John Paul II

Festivals. Milwaukee is also known as the City of Festivals. And why not? It has several notable yearly events that you could enjoy. For one, it is where the Wisconsin State Fair is held. You can also experience Summerfest, which attracts more than a million people every year, thus making it the biggest music festival in the world.

Riversplash ushers in the summer season and is held in May. After that, you have a string of culturally focused festivals including the Polish Fest, Bastille Days, Festa Italiana, German Fest, the Great Circus Parade, as well as separate festivals for different cultures such as Arab, African, Mexican, American Indian, and Irish festivals.

Then you also have the biggest operating model train show in the United States, Trainfest, every November.

Other festivals that happen in Milwaukee include:

  • Brady Street Festival
  • Cedarburg Strawberry Festival
  • Cedarburg Wine & Harvest Festival
  • Cedarburg Winter Festival
  • Christmas in the Country
  • Christmas in the Ward
  • Cool Fool Kite Festival
  • Firkin Craft Beer Festival
  • Gathering on the Green
  • Harvest Fair
  • Lakefront Festival of Art
  • Milwaukee Brewfest
  • Milwaukee Film Festival
  • Milwaukee IndyFest
  • Milwaukee Rally

Restaurants & Shopping

Milwaukee, Restaurants & Shopping

James Beard Award winners, holes in the wall, farm to table dining places and specialty food are just some of the dining options waiting for you in Milwaukee.

The award winners. Check out the Sanford, home of two James Beard Award best chefs: Sandy D'Amato and Justin Aprahamian. You will love the unique selections here, allowing you to explore the items on the menu. Adam Siegel's Lake Park Bistro is located inside a historic pavilion near Lake Michigan. This is where you could get honest to goodness French food. Bonus treat if you come in time for the yearly Black Truffle event.

Then you have David Swanson, who works his magic at Braise. Braise is the first restaurant in the city that is community-supported with locally sourced ingredients from all over the city. Meanwhile, Dan Van Rite has been nominated for Best Chef three times in the past, you can go to Hinterland to taste some of his seasonal food offerings and the chance to try uncommon and bold flavors.

Farm to table. You can also check out the great farm to table restaurants here. We have already talked about Braise, and you can go to Prodigal and Wolf Peach for more community supported restaurants.

Food trucks. The city has a thriving food truck scene, allowing you to get your food fast and easier on the budget. Some of the best include:

  • Bubble Tea Fusion
  • Bun Me
  • Chameleon Mobile Cuisine
  • Eats & Treats Truck
  • Falafel Guys
  • Fast Foodie
  • Five Star Nacho
  • Frybread N Things
  • Marco Pollo
  • Meat on the Street
  • Oscars on a Roll
  • Pita Brothers
  • Simmer Truck
  • Streetza Pizza
  • Urban Caveman

Milwaukee's best. Then you have the specialty food that Milwaukee is known for. Check out Red Elephant Chocolate, Amy's Candy Kitchen, and Indulgence Chocolatiers for handmade chocolates that will surely satisfy your sweet cravings. Then you have Gigi's Cupcakes and Classy Girl Cupcakes for some of the best and freshest cupcakes in the city. You can also ward off the summer heat with the frozen treats at Purple Door Ice Cream.

Usinger's is an institution in Milwaukee and has more than six dozen varieties of sausages made using family recipes dating back to the 1880s. You can get the best meat in the city at Bavette la Boucherie and great cheeses from the Wisconsin Cheese Mart. Why not check out the artisan cheeses at Clock Shadow Creamery.

And of course, Beertown has a great variety of breweries, including Great Lakes Distillery, MillerCoors, Lakefront Brewery, Sprecher Brewery and Milwaukee Brewing Company.

Then other restaurants you should not miss here include:

  • Bavette
  • Blue's Egg
  • circa 1880
  • Five O'clock Steakhouse
  • Maxie's
  • Odd Duck
  • The Capital Grille
  • The Noble

Shopping. Check out the many shops and malls that you can find in Milwaukee. Bayshore Town Center has more than 130 retailers and restaurants that you can go to, while the Shops of Grand Avenue downtown has more than 80 retailers as well as what is considered to be the state's biggest food court.

You could also go to the Historic Third Ward and check out the trendy boutiques that are housed inside old warehouses and factories. Check out the Anthropologie store in this area, as well as Bangles & Bags and Retique. Then check out Historic Cedarburg and Wauwatosa for more shops.

And if you are planning to get some awesome souvenirs, you have MillerCoors' The Girl in the Moon Brewery Shop, the Sprecher Brewery Gift Shop, and the Pabst Brewery Vintage Gift Shop for brews related merchandise and souvenirs. Other great stores for souvenirs are HANDMade Milwaukee, MilwaukeeHome, Colectivo Coffee, Harley-Davidson Museum Shop, Milwaukee Art Museum store, From Milwaukee With Love, and the Spice House.

Golf Courses & Sports Venues

Football fans would love to watch the Milwaukee Marauders play at the Milwaukee Sports Complex and the Green Bay Chill play at the UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena. Then you have the Milwaukee Blast at the Wisconsin Lutheran College and the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center for basketball fans. While you can also watch the Milwaukee Wave and the Milwaukee Bavarians play soccer at the UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena and Bavarian Soccer Club, respectively.

Milwaukee, Golf Courses & Sports Venues

Further, you can watch the Milwaukee Brewers play their baseball games at Miller Park and the Milwaukee Admirals play hockey at the Bradley Center.

You could also check out the many golf courses within city limits. Choose from:

  • Blue Mound Golf & Country Club
  • Brown Deer Park Golf Club
  • Brynwood Country Club
  • Currie Park Golf Club
  • Doyne Park Golf Course
  • Dretzka Park Golf Course
  • Greenfield Park Golf Course
  • Hansen Golf Course
  • Haskell Noyes Park Golf Course
  • Lake Park Golf Course
  • Lincoln Park Golf Course
  • Madison Golf Course
  • Tripoli Golf Club
  • Zablocki Park Golf Course

Historical Sites & Landmarks

Milwaukee, Historical Sites & Landmarks

There are more than 14 dozen sites in Milwaukee that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including historic homes, churches, government buildings, and commercial offices, among others. Be sure to check out the city's architectural gems, including the Pabst Mansion, and the thirteen Frank Lloyd Wright homes, the St. Joan of Arc Chapel, the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, and the Basilica of St. Josaphat.

Other historic places here include:

Houses such as Abraham H. Esbenshade House, Alfred M. Hoelz House, David W. Howie House, Emanuel D. Adler House, George Schuster House and Carriage Shed, Herman W. Buemming House, Joseph B. Kalvelage House, Otto F. Fiebing House, Sanford R. Kane House, and William Steinmeyer House.

Churches such as All Saints' Episcopal Cathedral Complex, Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Grand Avenue Congregational Church, Highland Avenue Methodist Church, Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Old St. Mary's Church, Saint Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church Complex, St. George Melkite Catholic Church, St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church Complex, St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, and Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Other buildings and sites such as Forest Home Cemetery and Chapel, Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Factory Building, Home Office, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Lohman Funeral Home and Livery Stable, Mayer Boot and Shoe Company Building, Milwaukee News Building and Milwaukee Abstract Association Building, Milwaukee Normal School-Milwaukee Girls' Trade and Technical High School, and Valentin Blatz Brewing Company Office Building.

On top of these sites, the city has more than three dozen historic districts that you can go to. These districts have a high concentration of historic sites that are near one another, including:

  • American System Built Homes - Burnham Street District
  • Kenwood Park Prospect Hill Historic District
  • Kilbourn Avenue Row House Historic District
  • North First Street Historic District
  • North Sherman Boulevard Historic District
  • Northwestern Branch, National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers Historic District
  • Prospect Avenue Apartment Buildings Historic District
  • South First and Second Street Historic District

Parks & Outdoor Activities

Milwaukee, Parks & Outdoor Activities

Milwaukee has one of the most well-developed parks system in the country. You can go on the Grand Necklace of Parks, a series of parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, which includes Washington Park, Lake Park, and Riverside Park. The parks in the city offer you recreational opportunities ranging from picnic facilities, sunbathing, disc golf, grilling, ice skating, hiking, biking and jogging. With more than 140 parks which all in all covers more than 15,000 acres of space. See the butterflies on the Monarch Trail, or check the many jazz concerts at Cathedral Park during the summer, while Pere Marquette Park has River Rhythms every Wednesdays.

Some of the best parks in the city include:

  • Lakeshore State Park: Enjoy the fishing pier, the wildlife viewing area, the trails, the canoe area and the beautiful views of both Milwaukee and Lake Michigan.
  • South Shore Park: Gives you a great recreation area that is on the beach. You can have a picnic and enjoy the shade of giant trees then hike the Oak Leaf Trail. You can also go swimming or play volleyball. This is also the site of the Frolics festival and a weekly farmers' market.
  • Whitnall Park: This park has 600 acres of space and is one of the biggest parks in the country. It includes an archery range, botanical gardens, a golf course and open spaces.
  • Veterans Park: Located right next to Lake Michigan in the downtown area, this park has great picnic facilities as well as roller blading facilities. You could also find the Wehr Nature Center here.
  • Schlitz Audubon Center: You would enjoy a seven mile trail, prairies, bluffs, ravines, a beach, ponds and forests here. The wildlife sanctuary occupies 185 acres of space and there are a lot of activities to do. You should also visit the Dorothy K. Vallier Environmental Learning Center here and learn more about the green building as well as check out the various classes, programs and workshops here.
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest: This park is known all over the country and welcomes thousands of people from across the United States. Check out the many land and water forms here including lakes, glacial formations, hills and forests, among others. Horseback riding, fishing, hiking, biking, camping, snowshoeing and skiing are popular activities.
  • Havenwoods State Forest: This has 237 acres of space and used to be a landfill and a missile site. Visit the Environmental Awareness Center here and go through some great topologies and do some great stuff outdoors.
  • Cathedral Square Park: It looks like a smaller version of Central Park. You can attend many events here, as well as enjoy the free Wi-Fi access, the trees, and concerts.

Zoos & Aquariums

Milwaukee, Zoos & Aquariums

Check out the Milwaukee County Zoo, which has 200 acres of space housing around 1,800 animals from around 330 species. The zoo is famous for its siamang and polar bears, as well as other exhibits.

Other Points of Interest

The city has been a proud supporter of diversity and openness. As such, it has become a gay friendly destination. Milwaukee was named by PlanetOut as a Surprisingly Gay Friendly Destination in 2008. It has several events and venues that members of the LGBT community can go to, such as the Pridefest every June, the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival, the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, and the Cream City Foundation.

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