Milwaukee May 04, 2018
7 Small Towns Around Milwaukee Where Everyone Knows Your Name
Big city life in Milwaukee is always fun, but it’s not for everyone. Sometimes you just need to slow down and go somewhere that everyone knows your name (if everyone in Smallwaukee doesn’t already!). These friendly towns each bring a charm of their own that’s unique and full of character. Whether you’re visiting for a day or looking to settle down right outside of city limits, these are seven small towns you won’t want to pass up!
1. Whitefish Bay
If you spend a little time in Whitefish Bay, everyone will truly know your name. This is a great place to plant down roots, with some cool history tied to it. In 1889, Captain Frederick Pabst, one of Milwaukee's beer barons, spent $30,000 to take advantage of Whitefish Bay's unique location near the lake and opened a resort called the Century Resort. As many as 10,000 people would visit the resort on a summer day, traveling by horse and buggy, railroad, trolley, or excursion steamer to experience all the fun. It closed in 1914, and the land was turned into residential lots. Now, this little town is a great place to be, especially for families, with an emphasis on their education system. Walking down Silver Spring will always make you feel right at home!
The village of Shorewood is a unique and wholesome place to reside. Located along the lake, it’s a very scenic little spot. The urban village has nearly 13,000 residents, making it one of the densest communities in the state, but for good reason! With a great school system and real estate, while still being so close to the city, it’s a special place to settle down in a tight-knit community.
Cedarburg is arguably the most popular small town in Wisconsin; we can't get enough of it! Sitting just 20 miles north of Milwaukee, "The 'Burg" is the
perfect day trip from the city
, filled with art, shops, restaurants, and a location that sits right upon Cedar Creek. This historic small town is filled with things to do and is quaint as can be.
Glendale is a small city with a population just over 12,000. Despite being just four miles from Milwaukee, Glendale has kept a small town identity of its own. Glendale is home to some of our favorite attractions like the Sprecher Brewery and Bayshore Mall. It might be easy to get it mixed up with surrounding towns, but Glendale is a truly great place of its own.
5. St. Francis
St. Francis is a residential area just south of Milwaukee, right on Lake Michigan. It's a very safe and quiet town in a beautiful area and it also has some interesting history and architecture. The Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi established their headquarters there in the mid-19th century. Being right on the lake, yet out of the bustle of big city, life makes St. Francis an asset to many.
Tosa is growing rapidly but hasn't lost its charm. Though it can be easy to mesh Wauwatosa with Milwaukee, it is still very much a village full of friendly faces. State Street is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll where you'll truly see this town shine (despite how hard it is for newcomers to pronounce!)
Cudahy has grown into a popular South Milwaukee city, but it was originally known for something much different. The town was originally called Buckhorn Settlement but was renamed in the late 1800s when Patrick Cudahy purchased the land with a vision to grow his meatpacking business. It worked, and Cudahy has thrived ever since. Now, this residential area just south of Milwaukee is a gorgeous, clean, and safe place to settle down.
Have you visited any of these charming towns? Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!