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A historic city that saw an industrial boom around the turn of the 20th century on the shores of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is full of surprises. From its distinctive neighborhoods—where one-time factories have been transformed into exciting new restaurants and stylish shops—to the many festivals at Henry Maier Festival Park to the RiverWalk and its beloved “Bronze Fonz”(yes, that Fonz, the Henry Winkler character from the 1970s “Happy Days” TV show), Milwaukee knows how to have a good time. Locals pride themselves on “looking for the fun in any situation.” But they shouldn’t have too much of a challenge—their city is an enormously fun place. To give you an insider’s look at Wisconsin’s largest city, we asked the locals what to do when you visit. Here are a few favorites
A city of neighborhood pubs, classy old cocktail lounges, and fun-loving dives, Milwaukee is a social town—and bars are integral to its identity. One key to the city’s culture, locals explain, is the Brandy Old Fashioned. A variation on the widespread whiskey variety, this only-in-Wisconsin version is “different than anywhere else.” With a summary brightness that warms the Midwestern winters, it’s been a Milwaukee mainstay since Korbel introduced the drink at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Milwaukeeans took a liking to it and 125 years later, the Brandy Old Fashioned shows no sign of letting up. You can get the drink at any bar in the city, but locals will send you to Five O’Clock Steakhouse, where you’ll also find what some call the “best steak ever”—an enormous, and enormously tender, filet mignon—and vintage supper club accompaniments like a relish tray and shrimp cocktail. Insider ordering tip: Ask for “sweet” for a splash of Sprite or 7up, a “sour” for grapefruit-flavored Squirt, or a “press” for a sweet and club soda combo. If these distinctions seem minor, don’t mention it to a Milwaukeean or they’re likely to set you straight.
Even if you’re not a die-hard motorcyclist, like many of the million or so Harley-Davidson riders, locals say the Harley-Davidson Museum is worth a stop. It tells the story of this iconic American—and Milwaukee-based—brand with exhibits that’ll grab the attention of even non-hogheads (that’s Harley Owners Group members, for you uninitiated). Even the museum’s Motor Bar and Restaurant is “fantastic,” say locals, with tasty helpings of all-American comfort food. For a raucous good time, head to the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena and catch the Milwaukee Roller Derby’s Brewcity Bruisers. The women’s roller derby league is made up of four home teams with spirited names—the Crazy 8s, Rushin’ Rollettes, Shevil Knevils, and Maiden Milwaukee—and a commitment to full-contact fun at any cost.
the state’s largest natural history museum – exhibits and dioramas recreate everything from Africa to Old Milwaukee streets!