Milwaukee February 21, 2018
The 15 Best Places To Visit In Milwaukee In 2018
Milwaukee is full of dozens of amazing attractions — from beautiful parks to hands-on museums. It can be hard to pick where to go each weekend, but luckily we’ve picked out the best of the best. Here are 15 of the best places to visit in Milwaukee this year. Click on each link to learn more about your destination!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. North Point Lighthouse
2. Bryant's Cocktail Lounge
The oldest cocktail lounge in the state is right here in Milwaukee!
Bryant’s has been serving up elegant cocktails since 1938 and is going strong today! Feel free to ask your bartender for recommendations; they know what they’re talking about, and you're sure to have a drink unlike any you've ever had. Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge is located at 1579 S. 9th St. in Milwaukee and is open Tuesday-Sunday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
3. Mary Nohl's Art Environment
The "Witch's House" as some call it is actually
an amazing work of art by Mary Nohl.
This interesting house is a National Registered Landmark, and though there currently aren't tours, it's a sight to see from the sidewalk! This eclectic house in Fox Point has been watched, loved, and talked about for decades, and we hope it continues for many more. Mary Nohl's Art Environment is located at 7328 N. Beach Rd., Fox Point.
4. The RiverWalk
Along the Milwaukee River is a two-mile-long pedestrian path,
featuring art, history, and businesses. This RiverWalk truly brings life to the city, and just last year it even won a Global Award of Excellence from the Urban Land Institute, meaning that experts think we're using our land in the best way. This is hands down one of the best ways to experience Milwaukee.
5. Bugsy's Back Alley Speakeasy
This hidden speakeasy might not be easy to find, but once you’re in you’ll feel like you’re in a completely different era! If you’re looking to step out of this decade, dress to the nines, and dance the night away, Bugsy’s is your top choice.
We’ll even let you in on it’s location here.
6. Mitchell Park Domes
The Domes are a true Milwaukee treasure.
This spot is one of the few places where it feels like summer all year long! The Domes consist of three different climate-controlled domes: Tropical, Desert, and Floral. This is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, a.k.a. "The Domes" are located at 524 S. Layton Blvd. in Milwaukee. Their hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekends and holidays.
7. Discovery World
This hands-on science and technology museum is fun for the whole family.
They offer an aquarium, a Tall Ship, and many interactive exhibits. Whether you want to learn about local science (like how we keep our Great Lakes clean) or find something to inspire your little one to be a true innovator, this lakefront attraction is the place to be. Discovery World is located at 500 N. Harbor Drive in Milwaukee and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
8. The Swing Park
9. Landmark 1850 Inn
Landmark 1850 Inn has earned the title of Milwaukee's oldest tavern.
On the south side of Milwaukee, right near the airport, you'll find Landmark 1850 — not to be confused with the east side's Landmark Lanes. This pre-Prohibition tavern originated in the late 1840s and was originally called the New Cohen House. It has been kept up and run by owner Joe Hasler since the 1980s.
This is the perfect spot to grab a drink with some friendly faces and soak up the city's richest history! Landmark 1850 Inn is located at 5905 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee.
10. Shakers Cigar Bar
11. Riverview Antique Market
12. Art Smart's Dart Mart & Juggling Emporium
Brady Street is full of eclectic shops, and this one is no exception. Whether you’re looking for juggling supplies, darts, boomerangs, yo-yo’s, disc golf gear, or a rubber chicken,
this store is absolutely one of a kind!
Art Smart's Dart Mart is located at 1695 N. Humboldt Ave., Milwaukee.
13. Mars Cheese Castle
If you grew up in Milwaukee, odds are you’ve seen
this roadside castle
while traveling to Chicago. Whether your parents pulled over to check it out or you just dreamed of it from afar, everyone recognizes the sign of this attraction just south of Milwaukee. Check out one of the biggest names in Wisconsin tourism, but beware: it might get cheesy. Mars Cheese Castle is located at 2800 West Frontage Rd. in Kenosha; take Exit 340 off of the Interstate. They're open daily between 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
14. Estabrook Park
This little park in Shorewood is well worth the visit.
This urban green space packs a lot into a small space, and whether you're looking to relax, go skateboarding, take your dog somewhere, or enjoy a brew in their beer garden —
Estabrook has it all. Estabrook Park is located at 4400 N. Estabrook Dr., Shorewood.
15. Slice Of Ice at Red Arrow Park
How many of these places have you already checked off your bucket list? What do we need to add? Share your thoughts in the comments!