Exploring Milwaukee


Milwaukee is Wisconsin's only major urban metropolis. Established on the shores of Great Lake Michigan at the confluence of the Milwaukee, Menominee, and Kinnickinnic rivers, Milwaukee offers plenty of outdoor and indoor activities in all seasons. In 2016 Milwaukee was named one of the hottest places to travel to in the world by the Boston Globe. The following is a directory to articles about Milwaukee and the surrounding area by Wisconsin-Explorer.blogspot.com

MILWAUKEE ATTRACTIONS AND MUSEUMS


Milwaukee Art Museum

Fees: $17 Adult, Free Under 12, $15 Senior - Military - Student.
Hours: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 AM-5 PM, Fri until 8 PM, Closed Mondays
Address: 700 N Art Museum Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Milwaukee Art Museum


The 2001 Calatrava addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum instantly became a symbol of Milwaukee's urban renaissance. In late 2015 the MAM expanded again - adding gallery space, cafe's, interactive children's areas, restrooms, parking, views of Lake Michigan and a completely new interior design and layout for the permanent collection where 2500 priceless works of art are displayed. There are also multiple special exhibit halls for rotating exhibitions.

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Harley Davidson Museum

Fees: $20 Adult, $10 Child 5-17, Free Under 5, $14 Senior - Military - Student.
Hours: May-September - Daily: 9am-6pm (Thursday, 9am-8pm) October-April - Daily: 10am-6pm (Thursday, 10am-8pm)
Address: 400 W Canal St, Milwaukee, WI 53201

Milwaukee Harley Museum

This is a must see museum for everyone from everywhere. As Harley Davidson has done with everything they have forged, and pressed, and assembled into existence, the Harley Davidson Museum itself is a forward driving, boundary busting, innovation of extraordinary beauty.

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Mitchell Park Domes and Conservatory

Fees: Closed
Hours: Closed
Address: Mitchell Park, 524 S Layton Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53204

Milwaukee domes


The Mitchell Park Horticulture Conservatory is a prominent landmark in Milwaukee. Its signature conoidal domes are a rare architectural wonder; an early example of biomimicry. The three domes present three different environments. They include a show dome with rotating horticulture exhibits, an arid environment, and a tropical environment.

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The Grohmann Museum - Man at Work Collection

Fees: $5 Adult, $3 Students/Seniors, Free Under 12, Free MSOE Students
Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday: Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m
Address: Grohmann Museum 1000 N Broadway Milwaukee, WI 53202

Milwaukee Grohmann Museum

Milwaukee has had many nicknames - The Beer Capital, Cream City, and America's Toolbox. Each of these represents the hard working blue collar personality of this rust belt city. More than by good fortune - this city was built on hard work. Milwaukee School of Engineering's Grohmann Museum celebrates the art of work and is "home to the world’s most comprehensive art collection dedicated to the evolution of human work".

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The North Point Lighthouse Tour and Museum

2016 Fees:
$8 adults, $5 adults 65+,  $5 children 5-11, Free under 4
2016 Hours: Saturday and Sunday 1pm - 4pm; EXTENDED SUMMER HOURS: Thursdays  10am-2pm through Labor Day.
Address: 2650 N Wahl Ave Milwaukee, WI 53211

Milwaukee North Point Light

Eighty Four steps takes you to a grand view of Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee skyline from the North Point Lighthouse at Lake Park on Milwaukee's East Side. Few realize that this historic lighthouse is open to the public. A modest fee of $5 per adult gets you a personalized tour of the one room museum in the light keeper's house and a chance to climb the spiral staircase to the lantern room..

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MILWAUKEE OUTDOOR RECREATION


Biking the Oak Leaf Trail

Fees: Free
Pavement: Asphalt

Milwaukee Oak Leaf Trail

The Oak Leaf Trail is Milwaukee County's network of paved multi-use trails. It is the state's busiest bike trail - hosting at least 500k riders, runners, and walkers each year. It has two long linear sections of mainline that travel North and South along Lake Michigan.

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THINGS TO DO IN THE MILWAUKEE SUBURBS


Hiking the Seven Bridges Trail

Location: South Milwaukee
Miles: 1 mile double loop
Difficulty: Easy
Address: Grant Park 100 Hawthorne Ave South Milwaukee, WI 53172

milwaukee seven bridges trail

The historic seven bridges trail is the centerpiece of a proud Milwaukee County Park. An unnamed babbling brook has cut a deep ravine from the soft mud lake bluff, and the trail follows this cut as a convenient way down to a beach. There are staircases with robust handrails descending down into the verdurous ravine. In the ravine there are a number of hearty bridges which cross the stream - but you are able to hop across on river stones if you care to explore the park further.

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Hiking Lion's Den Gorge

Location: Grafton
Miles: 2.43 combined trails
Difficulty: Easy
Address: 511 High Bluff Dr, Grafton, WI 53024


Lion's Den Gorge is an Ozaukee County Natural Area on the shore of Lake Michigan in Grafton. There are 3 miles of hiking trails, boardwalks through wetlands, a giant staircase that descends through layers of cedar forest, a salmon spawning stream, a few miles of beach front, a pond, and the deep and verdant ravine called Lion's Den. It is open from sunrise to sunset through all seasons of the year. Only a 20 minute drive north of Milwaukee, Lion's Den is the perfect wilderness retreat in the metro area.

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Lake Bluff Walk at Concordia University

Location: Mequon
Address: 647 Highland Rd Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, WI 53097


The 2010 lake bluff restoration included an installation of a completely accessible bluff and shoreline pedestrian path. They also host the minor league baseball team Lakeshore Chinooks at the new Kapco Park. Concordia has positioned itself as a local destination and now offers public festivals and other outreach to bring the public in and celebrate the achievements of this university.

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Lime Kiln Park

Location: Grafton
Address: 2008-2034 S Green Bay Rd, Grafton, WI 53024

milwaukee lime kiln park

Lime Kiln Park is a Village of Grafton community park set along the banks of the Milwaukee River. Its three iconic kilns have become a symbol of the park and of Grafton. The park includes two historic sites, the former Bridge Street iron trestle Bridge and the Lime Kilns. Recreation opportunities include a kick-ass sledding hill, archery range, best trout fishing on the Milwaukee, horseshoe pits, and a boat launch pad for kayaks and canoes. It's a great place to escape to for local residents, but the reason the park draws regional and interstate visitors is for its highly rated 9 hole disc golf course.

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Paramount Records Plaza

Location: Grafton
Address: 2008-2034 S Green Bay Rd, Grafton, WI 53024

paramount plaza

Paramount Plaza in Grafton Wisconsin was built to recognize the important part of music history that Grafton was once host to. In 1922 the old chair factory near the Falls Road bridge began to make record cabinets and also opened a recording studio at the plant. Failing to make any profit off traditional recordings, the new record company, Paramount Records, turned to recording race music (Jazz and Blues) and marketed the records to the growing black communities in Chicago. This business strategy worked well, and incidentally resulted in the generation of a popular blues music culture which became the foundation of rock-n-roll music. Many now famous blues musicians recorded in Grafton up until the Great Depression and the demise of the first incarnation of Paramount Records.

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Wisconsin's Last Covered Bridge

Location: Cedarburg
Address: 1728 Covered Bridge Road, Cedarburg WI

covered bridge park

The Last Covered Bridge in Wisconsin sits 50ft East of its original location on Covered Bridge Road in Cedarburg Wisconsin. It was built in 1876 and was used until 1962. A county park with picnic tables and grills sits on the north bank of Cedar Creek and the covered bridge along with an additional wood bridge connects pedestrians to the south bank, a boy scout property. This location is a perfect place for a picnic or for lounging and reading a book.

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Museum of Wisconsin Art

Location: West Bend
Address: 205 Veterans Ave, West Bend, WI

Museum of Wisconsin Art

The Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend has devoted its entire floor plan to the display of art made by Wisconsinites. And, the floor plan isn't small. The MoWA began in 1961 as a small community gallery, but has recently opened a sprawling modern museum capable of housing enormous paintings and sculptures.

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