Milwaukee Journals

The Greater Milwaukee Area

A travel journal to Milwaukee by cmeekins03

Miller Park/Milwaukee Brewers Photo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin More Photos
Quote: In the grand scheme of things, Milwaukee is a very small city. In how many cities would 108 blocks only take a 10- to 15-minute drive? There are plenty of places and festivals to enjoy.

The Greater Milwaukee Area

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Milwaukee has something for just about everyone. If you are a beer lover, there is a number of local breweries downtown on and around Water Street. The walk along the lakeshore is very pretty, and the unique design of the art museum adds to the view. For the kids, you can always check out Betty Brinn's Children's Museum downtown or the State Fair grounds in August to see the sheep shearing, partake in a cream puff, watch the pig race, and enjoy the carnival rides. Music lovers may enjoy getting in on the action at SummerFest, assuming you don't mind large crowds of people. Right by State Fair Grounds is the Petit Ice Center, where a number of Olympians train for speed skating. Open skate is available ...Read More

Friday's Front Row Sports Grill

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Restaurant | "Friday's Front Row Grill"

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If you love TGI Friday's and the ballpark, this is the place to be. Friday's Front Row is located within Miller Park; they offer the same great food (the French onion soup is soooo good...) with a good view of the park. If you aren't familiar with their menu, my husband would recommend anything off the Jack Daniel's portion of the menu - steak ,chicken, it all tastes good with Jack. Most of the meals are right around $15. Their salads are quite delicious as well for around $8. I'd highly recommend saving room for the newest dessert item - Cinnabon cheesecake - it's scrumptious! How they get it to taste so much like the cinnamon roll I'll never know!During the off-season, it is pretty easy ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 21, 2005

Friday's Front Row Sports Grill
1 Brewers Way
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53214
(414) 902-4201

Cheesecake Factory

Restaurant | "The Cheesecake Factory"

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Before venturing out to this restaurant, I'd highly recommend you call ahead and find out the wait time. If you wait until 5:30 PM to arrive, you could be waiting a long time. It's gotten better now that it's been opened over a year - the first time we waited for 2.5 hours (some of that time we were wandering around the nearby mall). They do not take reservations.We've gone several times here and love the food and of course the cheesecake is divine. I can't even tell you my favorite because they are all so good. The menu seems pricey but when you see the pile of food that is served, it's not really a bad deal. The selection is huge - steak, fish, chicken, pasta, salads, sandwiches.... ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 1, 2006

Cheesecake Factory
2350 North Mayfair Road
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53226
(414) 257-2300

Milwaukee County Zoo

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Milwaukee County Zoo Photo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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The zoo is a nice size for younger children, as we find that within a few hours, everyone sees the animals they like the most. You can easily stretch out the time if you have older kids who like to learn more at the different exhibits.Admission during the summer months is $9.75 for adults and $6.75 for children 3 and older. If you live in the area, it's definitely worth checking out the pass because you really only need about 2 visits to make up the cost and you get invited to special events then too. Recently updated is the cat house and the children's farm area now includes 2 playgrounds and foodstands targeted towards children. The giraffe exhibit is being updated so that you...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2005

Milwaukee County Zoo
10001 West Blue Mound Road
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53226
(414) 771-5500

SummerFest

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SummerFest always runs for over a weeks and includes 4th of July. There is always one night set aside for fireworks, though never the 4th of July as to not compete with other local displays. Your SummerFest experience greatly depends upon the group of people who go with you and what you enjoy. I have found that a large group is not much fun, as no one seems to agree, and you end up doing next to nothing. Perhaps my few experiences like this have turned me off SummerFest, but there are many people who just love it. It is very crowded on the weekends and evenings, so I would recommend bringing kids during the day if you plan to have them with you. The main attractions would be the m...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 18, 2005

SummerFest
Contact Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

Miller Park/Milwaukee Brewers

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Attraction | "Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park"

Miller Park/Milwaukee Brewers Photo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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If you head to the ballpark on an afternoon and you want to fit in with the locals, bring your grill, folding chairs, and cooler full of food and have a cookout before the game. The parking lots even has large cans specifically for your coals when you are done. Besides having good eats in the parking lot, some people find a safe area to toss around a baseball.The stadium has a retractable roof that stays open if the weather is predicted to be nice during the game. The roof takes about 10 minutes to close, and the first year the park opened, they would close it after every game so everyone could watch. It takes awhile for it to pick up any speed. There are several restaurants such...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 18, 2005

Miller Park/Milwaukee Brewers
One Brewers Way
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53214
(414) 902-4100

Milwaukee Public Museum Photo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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The museum is considered a natural human and nature museum. There are a lot of great exhibits, but you may find yourself skipping past a lot of the butterfly displays, unless you are really into them. They have cases of butterflies hung all over the place. The streets of Milwaukee is a popular exhibit as it shows storefronts and home styles from the late 1800's as you walk down the cobblestone road. The best part is the butterfly room, which is part of the admission. Keep in mind that since they are tropical butterflies, the room is quite warm and humid. There are so many in there, it would almost be impossible that one does not land on you at some point. If you bring young children in...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 23, 2005

Milwaukee Public Museum
800 W. Wells St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
(414) 278-2795

Betty Brinn Children's Museum

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Betty Brinn Children's Museum Photo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Since we visited this museum before our oldest was even 2, we only stayed here about 2 hours so we didn't even get to stop in all the areas that would interest her. When you first walk in exhibit area you'll see things like a grocery store, post office, etc. These were crowded with school age kids and a little beyond Stephanie at the time.There is a tree in which the kids can harvest apples and dump them in a bin after collecting them in a basket. Now having gone to several children's museums, this doesn't seem to be out of the ordinary. Stephanie did enjoy doing this though.If you have toddlers, you want to walk past the post office a little bit and you'll find a whole area focused on...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 28, 2006

Betty Brinn Children's Museum
929 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
(414) 390-5437

Fox Brook Park

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Fox Brook Park Photo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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This is a great inland beach that only cost $5 per car on the weekend or $2.50 on a weekday. There is a small lake in which you can swim, fish, and use paddleboats for a small fee. The swimming area stays shallow pretty far out so it's great for kids. An additional bonus is that the kids can watch the occasional freight train pass nearby. Besides the beach fun (no shells - just sand here), there is a playground and volleyball court as well. Showers and washroom facilities are indoors and there is also a snack stand. If you are looking with a beach that has shade, this one won't do. I don't think there is a single tree near the sand or picnic tables, but the beach is about taking in the sun, ri...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 1, 2006

Fox Brook Park
2925 North Barker Road
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53045

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For less than $5 per person, you can engage your senses of sight and smell in the beautiful gardens. Our favorite portions of the gardens are the rock garden, with some beautiful water features, and the rose garden, with its lovely seating area. We've visited here on a number of occasions and really enjoy the level of traffic through the gardens and the overall atmosphere. In early spring, last time we were there, they let you visit for free. There are less flowers in bloom, but the selection of irises in bloom is beautiful. You can visit their website at http://www.boernerbotanicalgardens.org/support/v1.html to find out specific hours, and they have a great page on finding out which flower...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 11, 2006

Boerner Botanical Gardens
9400 Boerner Drive
Hales Corners, Wisconsin 53130
(414) 525-5600

Jazz in The Park

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Jazz in The Park Photo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Find yourself running out of money...take in a summer night at Cathedral Square park for free Jazz music. Jazz in the Park runs for most of the summer every Thursday night and is conveniently located right downtown. The most we've ever paid for parking downtown is $10, which is really affordable for city parking. I'm originally from the Chicago area - $10 might get you an hour somewhere more likely the first half hour. If you choose to eat at the park, several food vendors are setup on the North side of the park. If you can wait the 30 minutes, you can even order a whole pizza that will be delivered to you at the park. The full pizza is the most economical way to go but our two kids were way t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 20, 2007

Jazz in The Park
520 E. Wells Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Bristol Renaissance Faire

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Bristol Renaissance Faire Photo, Kenosha, Wisconsin
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Come Lords and Ladies to the Bristol Renaissance Faire. There is much to see, buy, and eat every weekend in July and August. You can even come dressed for the occasion. We've have visited the faire every year for the past few years and the kids and adults have a great time. With so many colorful outfits on guests and staff alike, even the littlest kids will have something to enjoy watching.So what can you expect for entertainment? Well it wouldn't be a celebration of Ole England without jousting, court jesters, and the Queen herself. Long Live the Queen. Our favorite shows have been "The Swordsmen!" and "MooNie the Magnifi'Cent". The latter is a juggler who only whistles and uses hand gestures...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 25, 2007

Bristol Renaissance Faire
12550 120th Ave.
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53142
(847) 395-7773

Dineen Park

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Attraction | "Splashing Good Fun"

Dineen Park Photo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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In need of a way to keep my kids out of the house while my spouse had to work from home, I checked out the Milwaukee County Parks web page. Much to my excitement I found a number of splash pads and lots of wading pools at no cost. http://www.county.milwaukee.gov/WadingPools9148.htmWe decided to check out Dineen Park which is open from Noon to 4 PM. There is no one to check-in with so even if you aren't from the county they are available to use. I was quite surprised that it really wasn't very busy for a Friday, though it did get busier around 2 PM when a big group of kids showed up. Another mom said it's of course very busy on Saturday.The kids loved playing in the water f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 8, 2008

Dineen Park
6901 W Vienna Ave.
Milwaukee 53216