Milwaukee in the summer is a fun place to be. I think any city that suffers through such cold and cruel winters really savors the brief time they have to enjoy the warm sun. For those who love motorcycles and/or music, it’s an ideal destination, since Milwaukee is home to Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival and the Harley-Davidson Museum. Here’s a guide to Milwaukee in the summertime:
What to do The big summer event in Milwaukee is Summerfest, a huge, two-weekend music festival billed as the world’s largest. Summerfest takes over the city from June 25-29 and then again July 1-6. Full nine-day festival passes are $70 if purchased before June 1. There are a wonderful variety of popular musical artists, from Lady Gaga to Motley Crue and everyone in between.
The Harley-Davidson Museum (400 West Canal Street) is a must-see for all riders and fans of the Harley brand. The facility, run by Harley, showcases both early and recent Harley models and highlights the history of the storied American company. I recommend the $38 Steel Toe tour, which includes a visit to Harley’s nearby engine factory.
Baseball fans should visit Miller Park and take in a Brewers game. Field Diamond Box seats, right next to the field are $100 each for most mid-week games.
What to eat In a city known for beer and brats, that’s exactly what visitors should seek out. And any restaurant in Milwaukee that has a free shuttle to every Brewers game has to have some good grub. The Milwaukee Brat House (1013 North Old World 3rd Street) has traditional beer and sausage and related specialties. They also offer free shuttle service to Summerfest.
Ice cream fans will enjoy the city’s Purple Door Ice Cream (205 South 2nd Street), quickly becoming a national sensation. The newly-opened retail store serves their “super-premium, hand-crafted artisan ice cream” in a range of delicious flavors.
Where to stay The Aloft Milwaukee Downtown is actually a Starwood property but it’s a got a modern, stylish boutique feel that fits right in with the new downtown vibe. Nine foot ceilings and lots of windows make the rooms feel more like lofts. With amenities like free bottled water, free WiFi and a 24 hour fitness center this is a great option compared to the many chain hotels in the city. Online rates are as low as $79 per night with advance booking.
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