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St. Louis, MO
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Weekend getaway?

We have some flight points that will expire if we don't use them. We have enough to go to Milwaukee, Omaha, Tulsa, Birmingham, or Oklahama City for free. My husband, my pregnant self, and 20 month old will be the travelers. We'd be staying for a week-end only.

We're looking for some place that we can relax, do a few toddler-friendly activities, and eat some good food (at toddler-friendly restaurants). Scenery is an added bonus. I wouldn't mind doing some outlet mall shopping, and my husband likes historic museums, though his time in them will be limited due to our toddler being present. My husband also loves sports (baseball is his favorite, but I know the season will be over when we travel). Finally, I'd love to take our toddler someplace where he can have fun as well.

We'd be traveling in early October, and only staying 2 nights, so a true week-end getaway. We're coming from St. Louis.

Is Milwaukee the right place for us?

Thanks!!!

WI
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for Wisconsin, Colorado Springs
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1. Re: Weekend getaway?

Betty Brinn museum for your toddler and the Milwaukee Cty. Zoo is a great zoo.

The Domes are great for all ages to stroll through on whatever time schedule you have allotted.

Milwaukee Public Museum has some great exhibits. It's huge. Scope it out ahead of time online and pick and choose. The butterfly exhibit is a must as are the Streets of Old Milwaukee

Edited: 10:56 am, September 12, 2012
WI
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2. Re: Weekend getaway?

further out: Old World Wisconsin in Eagle (not sure their schedule then)

and Delafield (Langtown) for shopping.

Kenosha for outlet malls and the Civil War Museum (huge)

Cedarburg north of Milwaukee for outlet shops.

oldworldwisconsin.wisconsinhistory.org/

http://www.cedarburg.org/Shopping.asp

http://www.cedarburg.org/

http://www.cedarcreeksettlement.com/

Last covered bridge in WI (so they claim) is here as well

http://www.discoveryworld.org/

…milwaukee.gov/MitchellParkConserva10116.htm

http://www.milwaukeezoo.org/

http://www.bbcmkids.org/

For fun shop and dine in the Third Ward of Milwaukee

See the "Fonzie" statue for Happy Days fans

Harley Davidson Museum is another big Milwaukee attraction.

Edited: 11:03 am, September 12, 2012
WI
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3. Re: Weekend getaway?

http://www.kenosha.org/civilwar/

Milwaukee
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4. Re: Weekend getaway?

If you decide to go to the Kenosha Outlet malls Apple Holler would be another place to put on your list. http://www.appleholler.com/

They have lots of fall activities for kids, apple and pumpkin picking, hay rides, etc. It's right off I-94 between Milwaukee and Kenosha.

Although there are plenty of things to do in Milwaukee if you don't want to do drive out of the city. A rental car would be most convenient, but if you don't plan on renting a car you can stay in downtown and have a fun filled weekend.

St. Louis, MO
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5. Re: Weekend getaway?

Thanks so much all - this is great! It sounds like there is a lot to choose from.

Jackson, Wisconsin
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6. Re: Weekend getaway?

Spend some time along the Lakefront down near the Art Museum you can rent bikes or a pedal surrey if the weather is good or buy a kite and fly it . Then stop by Alterra coffee on the Lake. Go alittle further north past the old historic Milwaukee water tower where you will find Lake Park. the Northpoint lighthouse is here and open tower for climbing Saturday afternoons and a small keepers museum.

Even if the Brewers season is over you can still eat lunch / dinner at the Fridays front row grill at Miller Park year round Windows open up to left field and the Brewers gift shop will be open.

Milwaukee zoo would be great for your little one.

If you do drive up to Cedarburg they have TheFamily Farm up there. A petting farm and hayrides ,pumpkins. There really are not any outlet stores in Cedarburg . It is antiques, boutiques, craft and specialty stores. A winery and the covered bridge as mentioned above and the town will be decorated up nicely for Fall and Halloween.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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7. Re: Weekend getaway?

You've gotten some really good suggestions so far, particularly Betty Brinn, the zoo and Apple Holler (if you will have a car). As far as toddler-friendly restaurants, most of the places in Milwaukee (as long as you don't go too upscale) are kid-friendly. We've rarely had any issues bringing our almost-3-y/o to places in the area. Depending on where you're staying, we can give some more restaurant recommendations.

I know the season will be over, but Miller Park does tours of the facility year-round. The regular "walk-up" tours will be over at the end of September, but I just checked the website and it says you can schedule them if you call. mlb.mlb.com/mil/ballpark/tours/index.jsp

St. Louis, MO
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8. Re: Weekend getaway?

Thanks so much for all of the suggestions!!! I really do appreciate it!

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