Milwaukee, Wisconsin's largest city, sits on the shores of vast Lake Michigan. 1872 marked the year Milwaukee began to flourish as the biggest beer exporter in the country and the city continues as the state's primary commercial and manufacturing center.
Over the years, Milwaukee has been creating its own Renaissance with the addition of the Riverwalk, Pier Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the renovation of city architecture and neighborhood renewal.
Like other Wisconsin cities, Milwaukee loves its sports teams. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is home to the popular Panthers, NCAA Division 1 athletes. The Milwaukee Brewers baseball franchise is one of the oldest in the United States, playing out of the Miller Park facility where fans can arrange a fully catered tailgate party.
Milwaukee is a fun town with a growing population and great things to do on a Wisconsin vacation, even in the depths of winter. Enjoy ice fishing on Lake Michigan, skating, snow biking, bike races on a frozen lake, and yes, even the Polar Plunge for the more daring members of the crowd.
Every December the Santa Cycle Rampage comes to town...dress in your Santa suit, fortify yourself with the local holiday cheer of a Milwaukee brew, and hop on your bicycle for a tour of all the hole-in-the-wall pubs in town!
ADDITIONAL WISCONSIN CITY PAGES:
- Christopher Latham Sholes invented the Typewriter in Milwaukee in 1867.
- Milwaukee is the official U.S. national headquarters for the sport of Bowling.
- Milwaukee is the hometown of the legendary motorcycle company Harley-Davidson.
Check out these great things to do in Madison on a Wisconsin vacation:
- The MillerCoors Brewing Company
One of the world's largest breweries offers free tours through the plant, including the bottling area, shipping area, processing plant and underground beer storage caves.
Enter a world of conveyer belts, huge gleaming brew kettles, and a warehouse holding half a million cases of bear. The tour includes cold, refreshing samples of the finest brews for those 21 or older.
In 1855 the original Plank Road Brewery was purchased by Frederick Miller and a replica of this historic house-sized brewery is a highlight of the tour. The tour is free and open Monday through Saturday with a gift shop on site.
- The Allen-Bradley Clock Tower
Dedicated in October of 1962, this is the world's largest non-tolling four-sided clock. Although there are no public tours of the Clock, it can be seen from anywhere in the south side of Milwaukee and is often used as a direction marker and photo backdrop.
The 280 ft clock tower is illuminated at night and has been seen 44 miles away across Lake Michigan. The minute hands are 20 feet long and weigh 550 lbs. On occasion, it is open to the public and guests can climb the tower to see an incredible city landscape.
- Harley-Davidson Museum
Milwaukee is the birthplace of the famous Harley-Davidson Motorcycle brand. Over a hundred years in the making, the Harley-Davidson Museum opened its doors in 2008. This is a great Wisconsin vacation stop for any bike enthusiast.
The museum showcases vintage bikes, the history and evolution of the brand, and the famous people and extraordinary stories associated with Harleys across the US and around the world.
An abundance of customized bikes, gleaming chrome accessories, and impressive gear, historical tidbits, photographs and Harley related artwork are on display. Tours are available, and a dining and gift shop are on site.
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