Things to do in Milwaukee

Our most recommended things to do in Milwaukee

Milwaukee: Ghosts and Dark History Guided Walking Tour

1. Milwaukee: Ghosts and Dark History Guided Walking Tour

Learn of the fires, murders, suicide, and tragic accidents that mar Brew City. Hear rarely-told tales and dark history on this chilling ghost tour of the downtown district of Milwaukee from your local guide.Meet your guide at the Milwaukee Public Parking Lot, where you’ll begin the exploration of the 176-year-old city. Next, head to the haunted Hilton Garden Inn. Learn about the Newhall House Hotel fire, that took the lives of 70 victims. Hear stories about how the haunted hotel houses guests who experience hair pulling and door slamming from an invisible force.From there, you’ll wind through eight other creepy, ghost-infested sites — each with its own grisly story to tell. Scan Milwaukee City Hall for the ghosts of the Great Depression’s suicide victims. Dive headfirst into the tale of the Lady Elgin, a doomed steamboat in one of the deadliest incidents of Lake Michigan’s history.Next, listen to the cries of the Riverwalk spirit. Reach your final tour stop at the Skylight Music Theater, and discover how Richardson’s spotlight bulb has controlled the success of the theatre since the founder’s urn was buried under the stage.

Milwaukee Scavenger Hunt Adventure

2. Milwaukee Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Turn Milwaukee into a giant game board on an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour sightseeing tour of Milwaukee. Guided from any smartphone, groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city. Your adventure will begin at the end of Wisconsin Avenue with a view of the architectural gem of the city, the Calatrava, and take you on a journey through the city to see famous hotels, a spectacular cathedral, local markets and a river walk filled with outdoor art exhibits. Discover hidden sights, sounds, and tastes of the city as you have fun solving the challenges in this Great place on a Great Lake. Points of Interest Include: The Calatrava, Milwaukee War Memorial, Cathedral of St. John, The Milwaukee Market, and The Milwaukee River Walk. The tour requires approximately 2 miles of walking. Using a smartphone as “the guide” allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play. Stop midway to enjoy the art or grab a beer and bratwurst to eat on your own schedule. 

Milwaukee: Around the Ward in 90 Minutes

3. Milwaukee: Around the Ward in 90 Minutes

Hear more about the Third Ward on this in-depth guided walking tour through the neighborhood. Previously the unfortunate victim to a devastating fire and some bloody history, the historic Third Ward is now one of the most beautiful and most frequently visited neighborhoods in Milwaukee. Once-empty factories and vacant lots now house delicious restaurants, enticing boutiques, and lavish condos. During this tour you will see key sites -like the official plaque recognizing the birthplace of pizza in Milwaukee. Hear more about the area's local history during a 90-minute tour with a local tour guide. The tour will end with a sweet treat from a local bakery.

Milwaukee: Local Food Tour

4. Milwaukee: Local Food Tour

Known as the “City of Festivals” and “Cream City,” Milwaukee has a lot to offer. Be sure not to miss one of things that makes Milwaukee the most special – it's cuisine. Go on a local food tour through the historic part of a city recognized as the beer and cheese mecca of the Midwestern US. Follow your experienced local guide through the city's central neighborhoods along the Milwaukee Skywalk, a 1.75-mile (2.8-kilometer) all-seasons artery that connects a wealth of the cities landmarks and neighborhoods. Begin your journey with a Wiscon staple, beer battered fish fry. Next, head off to indulge in locally made sausages made using traditional 19th-century recipes. From there, try a contemporary take on the traditional Irish potato pancake/boxty before topping things off with famous Wisconsin cheese curds and a secret dessert. By the end of your culinary adventure, you'll have sampled some of the most delicious dishes Milwaukee has to offer, explored some of the city's iconic landmarks, and gained a better understanding of its culture and history.

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