Milwaukee Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing

(Milwaukee, Wisconsin - WI, USA)

Milwaukee's character is largely defined by its heavy German immigrant past and this can be seen today in its many historic tourist attractions. Some of the most popular tourist attractions in Milwaukee include the remaining century-old houses and the many micro breweries that make the city famous.

The redevelopment of Milwaukee's Third Ward area has created a new dimension to the city of Milwaukee and the area attracts locals and tourists alike to the cluster of museums, attractions, numerous shops, restaurants and bars in the precinct.

Pabsts Mansion

Address: 2000 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin WI, 53233, USA
Tel: +1 414 931 0808
Harking back to the days when the city was full of German immigrants, this marvelous example of Belle Epoche architecture was built by Captain Frederick Pabst on what is today known as Milwaukee's 'Avenue of Mansions'. It was completed in 1892 and includes 37 rooms, 12 bathrooms and 14 fireplaces. The mansion has been preserved, along with period furniture, as a museum to the era and is available for hire as a venue for banquets or meetings.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:00 to 16:00, Sunday - 12:00 to 16:00
Admission: charge, discounts for children and seniors, children under six free

Grain Exchange Room

Address: 225 East Michigan Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin WI, 53200, USA
Standing as testament to the agriculture on which Wisconsin prospered, the Grain Exchange Room was once the world's largest trading floor for wheat, when Milwaukee was the biggest port exporter of grain back in the late 1800s. It consists of 10,000 square feet of floor space, which today servers as a massive market amongst other uses. When inside Milwaukee's Grain Exchange Room, don't forget to look up and admire the remarkable painted ceiling of Wisconsin Wild Flowers.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 07:00 to 16:00
Admission: free

Milwaukee County Zoo

Address: 10001 West Blue Mound Road, Milwaukee, Wisconsin WI, 53226, USA
Tel: +1 414 256 5412
Spanning 200 acres / 80 hectares, the Milwaukee County Zoo includes almost 2,500 animals, zoned according to continents. The habitats that have been created for the animals appear quite natural and feature exotic animals, with attractions including koalas, sea lions and polar bears. It is considered one the best museums in America and provides a great day out for the family, with its entertainment shows (summer only) and numerous eateries and picnic spots.
Open hours: January, February, November and December, Monday to Friday - 09:30 to 14:30, Saturday and Sunday - 09:30 to 16:30; March to May, September and October, daily - 09:00 to 16:30; June to August - 09:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discounts for children and seniors

Henry West Maier Lakefront Festival Park

Address: 200 North Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, Wisconsin WI, 53202, USA
A wonderful area in which to take a break from the city, Milwaukee's Henry West Maier Lakefront Festival Park sits along Lake Michigan's shoreline. Covering some 80 acres / 32 hectares of parkland and trees, attractions include performance stages and the Marcus Amphitheater, where festivals and cultural events are held. The park is easily accessible from the Third Ward precinct and includes the mouth of the Milwaukee River.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

International Clown Hall of Fame

Address: 161 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin WI, 53203, USA
Tel: +1 414 319 0848
One of the city's most unusual attractions, Milwaukee's International Clown Hall of Fame was established in 1986 to honor clowns from around the world. In addition to idolizing clowns over the years and giving the most famous ones recognition, this venue also contains many clown artifacts on display, as a museum to the art. Clown shows are also shown almost daily, making it a must-see for families.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 10:00 to 16:00
Admission: charge, children under six free