Sunday, April 15, 2018

A Guide to Spending 24 Hours in Milwaukee

Happy Sunday friends! It's cold and dreary here in Philly, what better time to think about being elsewhere? Not written by me though, I've never had the pleasure of visiting Milwaukee. 
This one written by Maggie Hammond, a retired nurse and freelance writer, exploring and writing in the U.S. in retirement. An advocate for public health and nursing qualifications, she feels passionate about raising awareness of the current strain on public health organizations.


24 hours seems like a long time, but when you’re visiting a city as beautiful as Milwaukee, it can seem as short as a heartbeat. A fun, vibrant town with scenic views of Lake Michigan at every turn and home to an array of food and wine festivals from various ethnic regions, you can quite easily fill your time (and your stomach!) in no time at all.

With a population of 600,000 and a nice mix of Old World character and New World big city living, spending 24 hours in Milwaukee is good fun and a chance to learn a little about American history at the same time. Below are fun ideas on how you can spend your morning, afternoon and evening in this gorgeous city:


If you’ve woken up in Milwaukee, take advantage of one of the greatest sights on earth: The sun rising over Lake Michigan. There’s nothing quite like it, and whether you take a walk to McKinley Beach to see it or you’re sitting on your hotel balcony, it’s a sight to behold. Make your Instagram followers jealous by posting a few snaps of this little wonder.

Head for a coffee and spot of breakfast on the lakefront and then visit one of the many museums that Milwaukee has to offer for some culture and education. If you like some petrol with your culture, why not try the Harley Davidson Museum and see some of the greatest motorbikes in the world up close and personal.


Take a walk through the public markets and explore the Cheese Mart for sights, tastes and smells that will blow your mind. The restaurant next door is fantastic, and you can have a craft beer with your lunch. Always a good idea.

If you feel like doing something to challenge your mind after your lunch, you can head to the Escape Room Milwaukee. Don’t worry; you’re not going to prison! An Escape Room is a fun and challenging way to spend 60 minutes or more (depending on whether you take on one task or several) solving a mystery with your family and friends. You have to work together to solve a variety of tasks in order to make it through to the next section and then finally escape the room altogether. It’s worth taking on an Escape Room just to see who works well together and who falls out and spends the next few hours arguing over who made the mistake that failed them the task.


With your mind challenged but your mouth a little dry, head to any one of the great restaurants on the Lower East Side before heading down to the waterfront for the outstanding Edelweiss river cruise. It’s the perfect way to end a Friday or Saturday night, and with a fully-stocked bar on board, what could be better than watching the sun go down on the river with a glass of bubbly in your hand?

Once back on dry land, you need to head to the ever-awesome Ale Asylum, pull up your bar stool and indulge yourself in a beer or two, before taking the two-mile River Walk back to your hotel for the night-time crash.


Have you ever been?


  1. We've definitely been to Milwaukee a few times! A couple years ago we did an extended weekend on the coldest weekend of the season it was a bit rough ha.

  2. i LOVED calling Milwaukee home for 4 years in college! It's honestly really over shadowed by chicago, but it really has a lot to offer! especially for young professionals!

  3. I loved Milwaukee when I visited, such a great underrated city!

  4. I've never considered visiting Milwaukee but sounds like the city has some fun things to do and beautiful views of Lake Michigan! I think I would go crazy buying all the cheese at the Cheese Mart! Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

  5. With so many business trips to Milwaukee in the last 2 years, where to start with the things to do? The Milwaukee Art Museum is amazing - both the art collection & the architecture. So many great restaurants beyond what is in that link. Bloody Mary menus that practically include a meal on the "swizzle stick." And frozen custard - weekends in the city with friends have included quests to taste all the best options. A fun read that has the city as an active character in it is "The Coincidence of Coconut Cake" by Amy E. Reichart - her descriptions match a lot of what I've experienced.

  6. We're going to Milwaukee for our mini-moon. I'm definitely taking some notes from this post.


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