7 Fun Things to do in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with Kids
From climbing to the beacon of a historic lighthouse to designing your own virtual Harley-Davidson, Milwaukee makes for an action-packed family getaway. Extend the fun by visiting Milwaukee during one of the many festivals or fairs. See Visit Milwaukee for a list of all upcoming family-friendly events.
Here’s our list of seven fun things to do in Milwaukee with kids.
Milwaukee Art Museum
The stunning Milwaukee Art Museum (700 N. Art Museum Dr.; Tel. 414-224-3243) is Wisconsin’s premier arts institution, housing more than 30,000 masterpieces. The Quadracci Pavilion, designed by world renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, seems as if it’s about to set sail from the lakefront. Borrow a free ArtPack, a small case filled with sketching supplies that can be used in the galleries, and your kids will be able to test their skills with a little inspiration from some of the world’s best artists.
North Point Lighthouse
The North Point Lighthouse (2650 N. Wahl Ave.; Tel. 414-332-6754) is a picture-perfect, restored 19th-century lighthouse that also houses a small maritime museum. If you climb to the very top via 84 narrow steps and, last but not least, a ladder, a you’ll be rewarded with beautiful city and lake vistas.
Discovery World (500 N. Harbor Dr. ; 414-765-8634) is a science and tech focused museum featuring everything from aquariums to total immersion virtual reality experiences. Be sure to visit the Great Lakes Future Exhibit, which tackles freshwater issues and includes a 3-D diorama of the Great Lakes.
Brew city is biker-friendly and Coast In Bike Rentals (703 S. 2nd St; Tel. 414-502-7259) will outfit your family with bikes to fit your style, including babyseats, kid carriers and helmets.
Milwaukee Public Market
At the historic, indoor Milwaukee Public Market you’ll find a wide range of Wisconsin-made products, including housemade chocolates, artisan cheeses, pretzels, and creamy frozen custards, but you’ll also find the flavors of the world here. Enjoy lunch or shop for some tasty souvenirs.
Harley-Davidson was founded in Milwaukee and the Harley-Davidson Museum (400 W. Canal St.; Tel. 877-436-8738) showcases the historic American icon in all its glory. Kids can build their on virtual motorbike here and even try on some hip Harley-Davidson gear.
Sprecher Brewery (701 W. Glendale Ave.; Tel. 414-964-7837) offers a brew tour that features root beer in addition to alcoholic beer in a family-friendly tour. Learn the science behind microbrewery and taste a range of gourmet sodas, too.
Consider staying at Hilton Milwaukee City Center, a historic hotel close to all of these Milwaukee attractions.
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