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Milwaukee on the weekend

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Milwaukee on the weekend

Hey,

We're planning to visit Milwaukee this weekend and were looking for things to do...does anyone have any suggestions on places to visit, fun things to do...we came up with a shortlist..any comments/recommendations??...

Miller brewing company

Discovery World

Potawatomi Bingo Casino

Bradley Sculpture garden

Bradford Beach

Grand Avenue Mall

Thanks!

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1. Re: Milwaukee on the weekend

Miller is good. Discovery World is good. Also a great museum downtown with an IMAX adjacent. Haven't been to Grand Avenue in awhile, but heard it's not as nice as it used to be. Take in a Brewer's game if you like baseball and if they are in town. Mitchell Domes can be nice. There is a great zoo in Milwaukee and you can spend a good portion of the day there. The new art museum on the lake front is very nice. There are two smaller breweries that give tours, I think Sprecher is the better of the two. There are lake cruises and carriage rides along the lake. There may be some type of festival along the lake, but Summerfest starts next week so they may have this weekend as prep time for the grounds.

Lots to do - I'm not an expert. I'm sure the Milwaukee expert will have many more suggestions for you. Have fun!

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2. Re: Milwaukee on the weekend

Polish Fest is on this weekend, at the Summerfest grounds. There is also a nice church festival at Mary Quen of Heaven, 2360 S 106th st. Church festivals are a lot of fun,food, beer, carnival rides and games and music.

I would not go out of the way to see the Grand Ave Mall. If you are staying downtown near the mall you might want to walk thru, but it is nothing special.

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The Summer Soulstice Street festival is tomorrow night (Saturday). Really fun (free admission) festival with live music, food, vendors, etc., and lots of bars near there.

If you're into racing - there is a race at Milwaukee Mile this weekend.

http://www.theeastside.org/ss06.html

Pick up the Shepherd Express when you get here (all around town) to see what other free and fun events are happening.

You might still be able to get a spot aboard the Brew City Queen for the Saturday beer cruise. Call Lakefront Brewery to ask about it.

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4. Re: Milwaukee on the weekend

Oops, in my previous post I metnioned carnival rides at Mary Queen of Peace festival. i went last night and there were none, just lots of good music and food and some games of chance.

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Hmm, not sure why this is being bumped. Looking for more ideas?

The local free newspapers, Shepherd Express, The Onion, and MKE will always detail what is going on each weekend, and new issues come out on Wednesdays. In addition, the online magazine onmilwaukee.com comes out with a weekend preview on Thursdays.

Summerfest starts today (the 29th) and goes through July 8 (or is it 9). In addition, festivals occur almost every single weekend in Milwaukee, as well as church festivals. Check onmilwaukee.com for Church festivals, or the local fee newspaper Journal Sentinel. The local CVB website www.milwaukee.org has a master calendar of major events occuring during the summer.

For outdoor activities, there is Boerner Botanical Gardens, numerous county owned golf courses and one disc golf course, plenty of parks, Veterans Park with kite, bike, and paddle boat rentals, boat rides via the Brew City Queen, the Edelweiss, or the Iriquois, patio dining, the zoo, horsebackriding within 30 miles or so, Schlitz Audubon Center for hiking, and various beaches both in downtown Milwaukee, and north at Harrington State Park and Kohler Andrae. You can also visit the river downtown.

For tours you can hit Usingers, Miller, Lakefront Brewery, Sprecher, or the Saturday afternoon Brew City Queen beer tours. Miller Park also does tours on off game days, and the Park IS open year-round, regardless of whether there are games or not. There is a Friday's restaurant in the ballpark, and the gift shop is usually open. In addition, in the parking lot is Helfaer Field, which often has little league games going on and cheap brats and hotdogs for sale. In the East parking lots you will find the river and picnic pavilions which are free and on a first-come first served basis on off game days.

You can shop at any area malls, Grand Avenue, Southridge, Bayshore, Brookfield Square, or the mother of all malls, Mayfair. The area neighborhoods, Brady Street, North Avenue, Third Ward, Milwaukee Street, Old World Third Street, are filled with fun shops, art galleries, antiques, and restaurants.

For museums there are the MIlwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Charles Allis and Villa Terrace, with their beautifully landscaped Italian gardens overlooking Lake Michigan, the Black Holocaust Musuem, the Historical Society, and Betty Brinn's Children's museum.

This weekend is the weekend of the 4th. Fireworks are the night of the 3rd over Lake Michigan, and all community fireworks are in local parks on the 4th. It's fun to come to the lakefront of the fourth and look North, South, and West to all the fireworks going off in area parks.