A travel journal
to Milwaukee by cmeekins03
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.
Most times, parking in downtown Milwaukee is inexpensive. Even during events, it's usually only for the day. There is some parking on the streets at meters, though they can be hard to get.
Restaurant | "Friday's Front Row Grill"
Though we've never tried it, they do offer a package during games that includes beverages, food, and of course, a view of the game from within the restaurant. The pricing actually seems very reasonable; that does mean you are probably giving up the tailgating party in the parking lot before the game, which seems to be a bigger deal than watching the actual game...
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 21, 2005
Friday's Front Row Sports Grill
1 Brewers Way
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53214
Restaurant | "The Cheesecake Factory"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 1, 2006
2350 North Mayfair Road
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53226
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 can come face-to-face with them and feed them. The renovations they've been doing throughout the zoo are great. Other things worth checking out is the train ride($1.50 for adults), the sea lion show ($2 for a 30 minute show), and the dinosaur exhibit which has large animated dinosaurs and activity areas for the kids. The dinosaurs are here this year right now but they don't have them every year.If visiting in the winter, they have evening times with the Christmas lights. The decorations are mostly light strings in shapes of animals - not impressive but still fun. The animal houses are open, which is nice, because you need to warm up during the walk around the zoo. If you do visit during this time, make sure to stop by the wolves, as we've seen some up very close to the fences at night - absolutely beautiful creatures!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2005
Milwaukee County Zoo
10001 West Blue Mound Road
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53226
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 music shows, most of which cost nothing extra beyond the park entrance fee, amusement park rides, and the food. During the day, they also have other entertainment for the kids, but we have never checked it out.
There are a variety of ways to get discounted tickets for admission. Still, this can be quite an expensive day event, especially if you decide to purchase tickets for the main evening concert. Schedules, admission, specials, etc., are all posted on www.summerfest.com.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 18, 2005
Contact Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
Attraction | "Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park"
There are several restaurants such as Friday's Front Row Grill in addition to all the concession stands. On the middle level, they have family seating, which is great if you don't want the little ones sitting by someone who has consumed too much alcohol. The seats are actually right in front of the radio boxes, which is pretty cool, as you can see Bob Eucker.There is a kids play area as well though be warned it's quite warm by it. While you are there though, make sure to purchase some snow cones if you could use a refreshing treat. Another great treat found on the mid-level is the supreme nacho platter - yummy!
The entertainment coupon book no longer has a buy one free coupon. They also recently raised the price and besides the bleachers, the cheapest tickets are $18, making it really difficult to take a family here. I've been told on Sundays they have a deal where the most upper seats can be bought for $9.50 and include a hotdog and beverage.If you do manage to take the kids on a Sunday, they let them run the bases after the game. We made the mistake of heading down once the game ended - it was a long walk to the end of the line. We walked half the park! The line moves the whole time though so even our toddlers were fine with the 'wait' since it took 10 of 20 the minutes to officially get in line. Oh, and of course they will be happy to take a photo and overcharge you on their website if you would like to purchase the momento.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 18, 2005
Miller Park/Milwaukee Brewers
One Brewers Way
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53214
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 this exhibit, I would recommend holding them as they can feel completely out of their realm of comfortableness.
There is also an IMAX Theatre located in the same building before you pay admission to the museum. Prices are $8 or $6.50 for children 3 to 15 years of age. Admission to the museum is free on Mondays, which makes adding the theater to the day's itinerary much more affordable.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 23, 2005
Milwaukee Public Museum
800 W. Wells St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 28, 2006
Betty Brinn Children's Museum
929 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 1, 2006
Fox Brook Park
2925 North Barker Road
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53045
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 11, 2006
Boerner Botanical Gardens
9400 Boerner Drive
Hales Corners, Wisconsin 53130
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 20, 2007
Jazz in The Park
520 E. Wells Street
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 25, 2007
Bristol Renaissance Faire
12550 120th Ave.
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53142
Attraction | "Splashing Good Fun"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 8, 2008
6901 W Vienna Ave.