100 things to do in Milwaukee

100 things to do in Milwaukee
By OnMilwaukee.com Staff Writers
Last updated March 16, 2010 at 1:14 p.m.

Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on March 16, 2010 at 1:14 p.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it’s possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.

Way back in 1999, we published “100 things to do in Milwaukee,” and this iconic list became the most popular article in the history of OnMilwaukee.com.

A lot has changed since then, and this guide spawned several other “100 things” lists. Over the years, we’ve updated the article here and there, but this marks the first complete overhaul in more than a decade.

We’ve kept a few of the original favorites and added a bunch, too. Now, everything in this article can be accomplished in and around Milwaukee — nothing is more than a 30-minute drive from Downtown. How much of this list have you tried?

1. Cheer on the Brewers at Miller Park …
2. … and be sure to tailgate before the game
3. Check out the lights and live music at the Domes
4. Explore Milwaukee’s spy bar, The Safe House
5. Pull up a boat to a slip at Barnacle Bud’s or Water Buffalo
6. Eat (and request a song) at Organ Piper Pizza
7. Wind your way along Grant Park’s Seven Bridges Trail
8. Get up early and watch soccer at the Highbury Pub
9. Climb Holy Hill in Hubertus
10. Close Wolski’s and get a bumper sticker to prove it
11. Learn How to buy metoclopramide Pills Online – Where to Order Your Where To Locate Cheapest Metoclopramide Free Doctor Visit Online Drugstores? Bike the Oak Leaf Trail as far as you can muster
12. Buy a wax Samson at the Milwaukee County Zoo and tell the kids about the famous gorilla
13. Visit the Milwaukee County Historical Society, where scenes from “Public Enemies” were filmed
14. Commiserate with the butterflies at the Milwaukee Public Museum
15. Buy a brat at the Usinger’s store
16. Take the writing unique essays Lakefront, Sprecher and MillerCoors brewery tours in one day
17. Experience Jim’s Time Out, the Downtown “towny” bar
18. Enjoy family-friendly live music at Bayshore Town Center
19. Marvel at the beauty of the Milwaukee Art Museum
20. Take a Milwaukee Ghosts tour and learn local haunted history
21. Smell the flowers at Boerner Botanical Gardens
22. Find the Streetza Pizza truck and buy a late-night slice
23. Skate a few laps on the Olympic Oval at the Pettit National Ice Center
24. Eat a corned beef sandwich at Jake’s Delicatessen
25. Shop for vintage clothes on Brady Street
26. Take a booze cruise
27. Catch the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on Monday nights at Alterra on the Lake
28. Buy farm-fresh produce all winter long at the State Fair Park’s winter farmers market
29. Fall in love over a Tiki Love Bowl at At Random
30. Have a drink in The Yard at the Iron Horse Hotel
31. Eat like a king at 4th Base
32. Tour Palermo’s Pizza in the Menomonee Valley (Mr. Morgan’s Note: I won’t do this, they’re anti-union!)
33. Interact with nature at the Schlitz Audubon Center
34. Make a difference at the Volunteer Center
35. Pet the animals at the Wisconsin Humane Society
36. Tour the Pabst Mansion
37. See an indie band at the Cactus Club
38. Cheer like a maniac with the Bucks’ “Squad 6″
39. Experience intimate theater at Boulevard Theatre
40. Bowl a few lines on America’s oldest lanes at Holler House
41. Tour the Harley-Davidson Museum
42. Crack up at ComedySportz
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44. Sunbathe at Bradford Beach or South Shore Beach
45. Swim in the Brown Deer Pond
46. Wander around the Bong Recreation Area
47. Marvel at the Mars Cheese Castle
48. Eat a bowl of Real Chili
49. See an Admirals game
50. Sled down the North Avenue hill
51. Watch kids playing soccer at Uihlein Park
52. Visit the Beulah Brinton House in Bay View
53. Star gaze at UWM’s Planetarium on Friday night for $1
54. Stroll back in time on the Streets of Old Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Public Museum
55. Step back in time at the Wisconsin Automotive Museum in Hartford
56. Bask in the beauty of the Basilica of St. Josaphat on 6th & Lincoln
57. Buy a kite at Gift of Wings and fly it at the lakefront
58. Join the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center
59. Get saucy at a Brew City Burlesque show
60. Find the city’s Frank Lloyd Wright architecture
61. Visit the North Point Lighthouse
62. Take the kids to the Betty Brinn Museum
63. Hike the Hank Aaron State Trail
64. Visit the birthplace of the American League (now a Downtown parking lot)
65. Hop aboard the Lake Express ferry
66. Grab a meal at Friday’s Front Row Grill to enjoy Miller Park in winter
67. Experience a real Milwaukee Friday night fish fry at Lakefront Brewery’s Palm Garden
68. Rent a kayak and take a ride down the Milwaukee River
69. Enjoy a beer in a smoke-free Von Trier (or have a smoke out on the patio)
70. Eat a butter burger at Kopp’s
71. Have breakfast at the Plaza Hotel on Cass Street
72. Order a Brainbuster at Bryant’s
73. Find Milwaukee’s smallest park, Kaszube’s Park, on Jones Island
74. Rock out at Verge — the Lakefront rock fest
75. Get a doughnut at the National Bakery & Deli
76. Watch people play lawn bowling at Lake Park
77. Take a picture at the intersection of “Keefe” and “Richards”
78. Ride the mechanical chili pepper at La Perla (or have a margarita on the roof)
79. See the statues in Doctor’s Park
80. Bowl with tiny balls at Koz’s Mini Bowl
81. Shop for a vintage LP at Bull’s Eye Records
82. Sing along at Lucille’s Rockin’ Pianos
83. Take a Milwaukee Food Tour
84. Tour St. Joan of Arc Chapel on Marquette’s campus
85. Find Gertie the Duck along Wisconsin Avenue Downtown
86. Admire the Carl von Marr collection at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend
87. Get hot ham and rolls on a Sunday morning
88. Tour the city’s longest thoroughfare, 27th Street
89. Enjoy outdoor movies in summer at Discovery World, Pere Marquette Park, Miller Park and State Fair
90. Buy locally produced food at Outpost Natural Foods
91. See if the security guard at the Midwest Airlines Center is real
92. Take a photo of the boat house on Cambridge & Hampshire
93. Quickly order a drink at the world’s shortest happy hour at The Nomad World Pub
94. Window shop the boutiques and the mod furniture at Rubin’s in the Historic Third Ward
95. Grab a dog from “the hot dog guy” on Water & Wisconsin
96. Tour Growing Power, Milwaukee’s urban farm
97. Tour Bolzano Meats in Riverwest
98. Eat thin crust pizza at Zaffiro’s
99. Cheer on the all-girl roller derby, the Brew City Bruisers
100. Sample Great Lakes Distillery’s Milwaukee-made spirits

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