Milwaukee Travel Guide & Information

Milwaukee, the largest city in Wisconsin has long been known as a center for performing arts, world-class museums and non-stop professional sports. Home to some of America's most instantly recognized corporations such as Miller Brewing and Harley Davidson, Milwaukee offers visitors a lot of variety. Milwaukee's neighborhoods reflect the treasures of the city’s past and the best of the future. Whether you’re interested in history or shopping, you’ll find it by visiting Milwaukee’s neighborhoods.

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Travel to Milwaukee, a city that allures visitors with the traditions and customs of different cultures, mouth watering authentic cuisine, entertainment and colorful exhibits at over a dozen year-round festivals. The atmosphere generated by the world’s largest music festival, Summerfest has given Milwaukee the nickname of the "City of Festivals"; book flights to Milwaukee and visit the cultural and financial center of Wisconsin, with great restaurants, museums, theatre and more.

Brimming in history and a world class arts scene, Milwaukee has become a destination for all. Milwaukee offers visitors some of the world’s most acclaimed performers and visual artists. From the symphony, ballet and opera to Broadway shows, theater and a plethora of galleries, Milwaukee's arts scene is vibrant. From ethnic festivals to historic neighbourhoods and world class performing arts to sports events, Milwaukee is a "Must Visit" city.


Things to do in Milwaukee


Milwaukee is home to several world class museums.

Milwaukee Art Museum: is home to over 25,000 works of art. The permanent collection contains an important collection of Old Masters and 19th-century and 20th-century artwork, as well as some of the nation's best collections of German Expressionism, folk and Haitian art, American decorative arts and post-1960 American art.

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Harley-Davidson Museum: is a 130,000-square-foot three building complex on 20 acres along the Menomonee River bank with more than 450 Harley-Davidson motorcycles and hundreds of thousands of artifacts from the Harley-Davidson Motor Company's 106 year history. The museum’s galleries houses permanent exhibits spread throughout two floors, in addition to temporary exhibits and the company’s archives.

Charles Allis Art Museum: Part of the National Register of Historic Places, the Charles Allis Art Museum contains a collection of paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics and more. With original furnishings and a rich, diverse art collection spanning nearly 2,000 years beginning with ancient glass objects dating back to 1 B.C. and ending with the painters of Charles Allis' day.

Prominent Attractions:

Milwaukee is home to several attractions.

Milwaukee County Zoo: makes for an excellent family attraction. The zoo is noted as the first birthplace of polar bears and siamangs in captivity. The zoo is also home to the largest group of bonobos in one location outside their native Democratic Republic of the Congo. Situated on 200 wooded acres with approximately 2,500 animals, representing 300 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and invertebrates, the Milwaukee County Zoo is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon.

Summerfest: a festival of music in Milwaukee holds the Guinness World Records title as the "World's Biggest Music Festival" attracting the world’s biggest bands since 1999. Summerfest is held for 10 days every summer beginning at the end of June and continuing through July. Live musical acts can be seen on 11 stages throughout the grounds from noon to midnight, including the 23,000-capacity Marcus Amphitheater.

Cathedral Square Park: has become a popular meeting place and host for events, such as Jazz in the Park and the farmers market. The city currently offers free Wi-Fi service in the park. Plenty of benches, trees and a children's area, all of which make this a wonderful place to unwind for a few hours.


Where to Stay in Milwaukee

Whether you are planning to visit Milwaukee for festivals or culture, the choices of hotels are endless, from cheap hotels and 4 star hotels under $99 to extended stay hotels and more.

Downtown: Downtown Milwaukee is one of the most favored locations to look for accommodations in Milwaukee. With cozy sidewalk cafes and Broadway Theater and an eclectic arts scene, Downtown is buzzing with life. The area is home to some world class restaurants and art galleries. All of this coupled with amazing shopping opportunities and hotels make it a popular choice for every traveler. Visitors looking to stay close to all the attractions would definitely love this area.

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Mitchell International Airport: Visitors looking for budget hotels specifically can choose from the strip of moderately priced hotels on College Avenue near Mitchell International Airport. Additionally, you’ll find a lot of familiar hotel chains and access to local transportation.


Passport & Visa Requirements

As per the latest travel information available to Milwaukee, here are the latest passport and visa guidelines:

For US Citizens:

* A valid identification in order to board the plane.

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For Canadian Citizens:

Canadian citizens travelling by air to, through or from the United States must present one of the following valid documents:

* A passport or

* A NEXUS card when used at a kiosk at designated Canadian airports and at all U.S. airports when returning to Canada.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Milwaukee.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.


When to visit Milwaukee

Popularly known as the "City of Festivals", Milwaukee is an ideal destination to visit any time of the year. The most popular time to visit is during the summer months when the weather is warm and festivals abound.

Budget travelers looking for cheap flights to Milwaukee can travel during the winter.

Planning your Visit:

Peak season: (June to August)

Off-Peak season: (December to March)

Milwaukee Weather

Milwaukee enjoys a moderate climate with four seasons. Milwaukee is part of the Great Lakes Region.

* The summer months in Milwaukee from June to August feature a typically warm climate with plenty of sunny weather.

* Winters are cold and snowy.

Currency and Language:


Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are available throughout Milwaukee. Let your bank know your dates of travel and find out the cost of ATM withdraws.


* English is the primary language spoken.