So are you coming to Milwaukee to see the NBA Finals? If you’re from Phoenix, or just a fan of the NBA (and hey, tickets are available!), This might be your first chance to see our beautiful city in the summer.
Game 3 is Sunday at the Fiserv Forum in downtown Milwaukee, with Game 4 on Wednesday. So what are you going to do between matches?
Milwaukee is a city of festivals, but sadly the pandemic has left us without some of the biggest this year, and there aren’t any big ones on the schedule for this part of July. But there is still a lot to discover here.
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Breweries are part of Milwaukee’s tradition
Four giants of the beer world – Miller, Pabst, Schlitz, and Blatz were still four of the 10 largest breweries in the United States until 1950 – were based here, and many of the city’s older buildings were once part of a brewery. This explains why you’ll see a show at the Pabst Theater (which wasn’t a brewery but was built in 1895 by Captain Frederick Pabst, who also owned the brewery), walk down Miller Park Way (well, that’s technically Brewers Boulevard now in most places … it’s complicated) or even spend time with nature at the Schlitz Adubon center along the shore – land that was once a farm for brewery draft horses.
There are 39 breweries in the Milwaukee metro (and many of them have tours!). Heck, you can even take a pedal bar tour. This is exactly what it sounds like.
One place that might be suitable for someone who wants to stay relatively close to the downtown arena: Bottle House Forty-Two (1130 N. 9th Street), which has a rooftop open Thursday through Friday with great views of Milwaukee – including relics of old Pabst Brewery buildings.
Downstairs, Milwaukee Brewing offers tours for $ 15 (those under 21 will need a legal guardian). While it may require a longer walk to get to Lakefront Brewery (1872 N Commerce St) or a drive to reach the big guy, Miller Brewery (4251 W. State St.), you can also attend the one of the most famous tours of the Milwaukee brewery. at one of these locations. Lakefront tours cost $ 12 on Saturdays and Sundays and $ 11 on weekdays. Miller’s tour is $ 10 for adults and free for those 20 and under (as they don’t receive samples, at no cost).
Neither will take you all day; you’ll be out in less than an hour.
If you prefer to enjoy the non-desert air, you might want to visit one of the area’s many beer gardens. It’s like drinking on your patio, except with the rest of town.
The Brewers also play
The Milwaukee Brewers enjoyed an 11-game winning streak as the Bucks negotiated the Eastern Conference Finals, so it’s been a good summer for all of Milwaukee’s sports. The Brewers are heading for the All-Star break after the weekend, but Milwaukee will be hosting the Cincinnati Reds at American Family Field throughout the weekend if you’re looking to double the sporting experiences.
The Brewers are celebrating the weekend of the 1990s, including a Robin Yount skulls gift on Sunday.
It’s going to take a short drive, but there are shuttles that leave bars all over the metro map, including a number of places near downtown.
We have a lake
Maybe you noticed on your flight that if you look east, Milwaukee sort of ends, you know.
Wisconsin has over 1,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline between Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. The most important beach near the city center is Bradford Beach, but be warned, a shortage of lifeguards and unsafe swimming conditions have made the water a bit more hostile than usual this year. But there is still a lot of sand.
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What is that building over there?
You are going to see a lot of interesting architecture downtown. These buildings might catch your eye.
It’s the Milwaukee Art Museum (700 N. Art Museum Drive), and more precisely the Quadracci Pavilion designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The remarkable Burke Brise Soleil wings, a movable sunscreen with a wingspan of 217 feet, are made up of 72 steel fins and it takes 3.5 minutes for the wings to open or close. The addition was completed in 2001.
Milwaukee Town Hall (200 E Wells Street) was completed in 1895 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
the Milwaukee County Courthouse (901 N 9th Street) is a behemoth of a building constructed in 1931 and also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
World of discovery (500 N Harbor Drive) is a lakeside museum that offers a number of science, technology, and engineering experiences for kids (and adults) and also features a massive model of the Great Lakes, an aquarium, and small models of other large buildings in the city, such as American Family Field and the Calatrava sculpture. That boat in the foreground is the Denis Sullivan, a replica of the cargo schooner you might see sailing by the lake.
The Pfister Hotel (424 E Wisconsin Avenue), the cylindrical building shown in the left foreground with City Hall and the Fiserv Forum in the background) is a luxury hotel opened in 1893 and is by far the most prestigious city. Some will tell you it’s haunted!
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory – “The Domes” will suffice (524 S. Layton Blvd.) – is part of the Milwaukee County park system and maintains three distinct climates for vegetation, including a desert dome if Phoenix fans feel like coming home . The tropical dome and floral dome (which offers an array of seasonal displays) complete the facility. It also happens to be a place where you can get to the Three Bridges Park, an urban hiking trail located along the Menomonee River.
Other landmarks to note
Do you like motorcycles? The Harley-Davidson Museum (400 West Canal Street) includes the oldest known Harley in existence.
You can leave town with your own Cheesehead from the Foamation Cheesehead Factory (1120 S Barclay St.)
Perhaps you are a Frank Lloyd Wright fan, having visited the Taliesin West in Scottsdale. Wright, a Wisconsin native who died in Phoenix, also designed a cluster of homes on the “Burnham Block” for working class residents.
Speaking of architecture, you’ll really want to check out the aforementioned Calatrava and the Milwaukee Art Museum if that’s your jam.
There aren’t many chain restaurants in downtown Milwaukee. One of the more renowned options is the SafeHouse (779 N Front Street), with a spy theme and … let’s just say, an intriguing entrance.
If you’re with the family, the Milwaukee County Zoo (which isn’t downtown) is one of the best in the country, with new exhibits for elephants and hippos.