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Milwaukee with Kids: Two Perfect Days

Milwaukee with kids - On the hill between the Milwaukee Art Museum (pictured) and Discovery World

On the hill between the Milwaukee Artwork Museum (pictured) and Discovery World


I had all the time needed to go to Wisconsin. My grandparents lived in Milwaukee for many years, my dad was born in Milwaukee, and once I was rising up, Inexperienced Bay Packers nice Bart Starr was a frequent home visitor. Plus I’ve plenty of pals from the state. When Journey Wisconsin invited me to go to, I stated sure instantly. And my Eight-year-old daughter stated sure simply as shortly. She did her second grade state report on Wisconsin and knew much more concerning the state than I did! We opted to spend two days in Milwaukee after which two days in Door County, which I cowl on this publish.

Arrival into Milwaukee

We flew from Santa Barbara to Phoenix after which on to Milwaukee, arriving at 5pm. We shortly rented a automotive and drove 15 minutes or so to our lodge, the Springhill Suites Downtown.

Milwaukee with kids - Downtime in our room at Springhill Suites Downtown Milwaukee

Downtime in our room at Springhill Suites Downtown Milwaukee

At check-in I requested the entrance desk individual for a dinner suggestion and she or he steered us to The Rumpus Room, a 10-minute stroll from the lodge. The cheese curds have been an ideal introduction to Milwaukee, however we liked the whole lot else as nicely, from the roasted hen to the pork shoulder to dessert – a s’mores soufflé. And a good friend, Hannah from Getting Stamped, noticed my Instagram Story from the restaurant and stopped by since she occurred to be simply down the road. The great thing about social media! She’s an professional on Milwaukee and gave us a whole lot of strategies for our subsequent couple days.

Milwaukee with kids - Dinner at The Rumpus Room

Dinner at The Rumpus Room

Milwaukee Day One

Milwaukee County Zoo

My daughter loves animals and needed to start out on the Milwaukee County Zoo. We drove 20 minutes from the lodge to the zoo, getting there just a bit after they opened, and walked your complete zoo in roughly two hours. Her favourite reveals: the aviary; the purple pandas; the pottos; and the reptiles. And by the best way, a Friday morning when native faculties are in session is an excellent time to go! We had entire reveals to ourselves.

Milwaukee with kids - Navigating at the Milwaukee County Zoo

Navigating on the Milwaukee County Zoo

Milwaukee with kids - Up close with a tiger

Up shut with a tiger

Household Historical past

I introduced alongside photographs that my grandfather took of 4 of the homes the place he and my grandmother lived within the 1940s, and we drove to every of the homes (all pretty near the zoo) and recreated his photographs. I liked standing in the very same spots as my grandfather, posing my daughter the place my grandmother was in two of the pictures, and understanding that that they had lived there.

Milwaukee with kids - Old photos


Milwaukee with kids - revisiting history

…and now

Kopp’s Frozen Custard

Everybody we talked to really helpful a cease at Kopp’s Frozen Custard. Provided that Kopp’s was partway between my grandparents’ homes and our lodge, and it was proper at midday, we stopped by for lunch (cheeseburgers) and custard in fact. The flavors change day by day. Once we have been there we might select from Cookies & Cream and Kahlua Colada. We obtained considered one of every. Wonderful!

Milwaukee with kids - Custard at Kopp's

Custard at Kopp’s

The Mitchell Park Domes

From Kopp’s we headed simply previous our lodge to the Mitchell Park Domes – extremely really helpful by a pal who takes her youngsters there typically. There are three giant horticultural domes constructed within the 1950s, and the design could be very a lot ‘50’s meets the longer term’. There’s one giant dome devoted to flowers, one with a rainforest theme, and one which’s a dwelling desert. To make it enjoyable for teenagers there are scavenger hunts (decide up a paper on the entrance), and there are issues like dinosaurs hidden all through the rainforest and archeological websites within the desert. We actually loved this cease.

Milwaukee with kids - Photographing at the Mitchell Park Domes

Photographing on the Mitchell Park Domes

Milwaukee with kids - In the Desert Dome

Within the Desert Dome


We then returned to our lodge, parked, and walked alongside the Milwaukee River, which cuts via the center of the town. There’s a whole lot of public artwork that my daughter liked, and I acquired to take an image with the well-known Bronze Fonz (yep, rising up I related Milwaukee primarily with Comfortable Days and Laverne & Shirley). It’s not a wonderfully seamless river stroll, with a number of road crossings required, nevertheless it’s a pleasant oasis, and there are benches and locations to chill out all alongside the trail.

Milwaukee with kids - The Milwaukee RiverWalk

The Milwaukee RiverWalk

Milwaukee with kids - With the Bronze Fonz!

With the Bronze Fonz!

Milwaukee Public Market

Our RiverWalk vacation spot: the Milwaukee Public Market, with eating places and native meals shops, and an amazing vibe. If we lived close by we’d be right here on a regular basis, buying produce, cheese, spices and baked items. And what an incredible place to get espresso within the morning.

Milwaukee with kids - The Milwaukee Public Market

The Milwaukee Public Market late within the afternoon

Milwaukee with kids - A little quieter in the morning

Slightly quieter within the morning


For dinner we walked again up the river to the SafeHouse, a spy-themed restaurant that was beneficial by a number of individuals. There’s a secret entrance hidden off an alley (search for an indication that reads Worldwide Exports), and a password is required earlier than the doorman will allow you to in.

We didn’t know the password. I had heard about some significantly lengthy challenges that others needed to full with a view to be let in, and I had no concept what to anticipate. The individuals in entrance of us needed to run round holding issues above their heads (I couldn’t fairly see what was happening). When the doorman sized up my daughter, he gave us a problem the place she needed to throw stuffed animals at my face and I needed to karate-chop them out of the air. Enjoyable! Nicely, I assumed it sounded enjoyable, and low-stress. My daughter did NOT need to do it, nevertheless, and instantly rotated and went again to the alley. So I adopted. And we didn’t dine on the SafeHouse.

After my daughter recovered from the minor trauma, we walked to close by Buck Bradley’s and had fish and chips and swordfish. Wonderful dinner and wonderful service. And the server commiserated with us on the SafeHouse and gave us the password, so once we return to Milwaukee we’ll give it one other attempt with out the entry problem. Simply don’t ask me for the password! That might spoil the enjoyable.

Milwaukee Day Two

Milwaukee Artwork Museum

The day before today was largely car-based, so we selected to go away the automotive on the lodge and discover on foot as an alternative. Our first cease: the Milwaukee Artwork Museum, perhaps 15 minutes from the lodge. I’m not somebody to make youngsters spend hours in a museum, particularly when the climate outdoors is good, however I needed to see the rooftop of the museum (giant wings designed by Santiago Calatrava that open a few occasions a day), and I all the time like exposing the youngsters to artwork. We noticed nearly all of the museum (with out many prolonged stops) in perhaps 45 minutes, after which walked throughout the bridge to observe the wings open up at midday. My daughter doesn’t advocate the museum, so I’d say that you must undoubtedly cease by and see the general public areas and exterior, however perhaps don’t pay to go in until your youngsters are a bit of older.

Milwaukee with kids - Heading into the Milwaukee Art Museum

Heading into the Milwaukee Artwork Museum

Milwaukee with kids - In the Milwaukee Art Museum

Within the Milwaukee Artwork Museum

Discovery World

From the Artwork Museum we walked subsequent door to Discovery World – far more to my daughter’s liking! We first stopped by the science/know-how part and did a pair experiments, however the aquarium (the “Aquatarium”) was calling, and we spent most of our go to in that half of the constructing. She liked all the fish shows, and particularly the hands-on areas. Extremely advisable!

Milwaukee with kids - Discovery World

Discovery World

Mexican Fiesta

Milwaukee is all about festivals in the summertime – each Summerfest and weekly cultural festivals. Our weekend occurred to be Mexican Fiesta, and provided that it was happening very near Discovery World, we headed over.

It took us some time to get in. The ticket line was perhaps 15 minutes – not an enormous deal because it was far longer later within the day. However once we tried to undergo safety, we have been stopped due to my digital camera – a regular DSLR with a 16-35 lens. Skilled cameras apparently aren’t allowed, and I had nowhere to take it again to, since we have been properly over a mile from our lodge. So I went by means of the media approval course of and was lastly allowed in, however a heads as much as different guests that you must NOT attempt to take a DSLR in!

Milwaukee with kids - At the main entrance to Milwaukee's Mexican Fiesta

On the important entrance to Milwaukee’s Mexican Fiesta

As soon as we have been inside we watched a number of the leisure (music, roping, dance), acquired meals from a number of stands, and loved the environment – type of like a state truthful, however with higher meals and a Mexican theme! It doesn’t matter what pageant is occurring if you’re there, I’d head over. I heard notably good issues concerning the Irish Fest, which had taken place every week earlier.

Milwaukee with kids - We found a quiet spot on the lake to enjoy our Mexican Fiesta lunch

We discovered a quiet spot on the lake to take pleasure in our Mexican Fiesta lunch

Bradford Seashore

In any case of our strolling we have been able to loosen up slightly. We took an Uber again to the lodge, retrieved our baggage and automotive, and drove to close by Bradford Seashore. We parked, picked up Northpoint Custard (we appreciated the vanilla a bit higher than the chocolate) after which spent an hour on the seashore. My daughter liked the seashore and the (chilly) water of Lake Michigan, and performed till we needed to depart – completely in her aspect. I’m so glad we added on this cease. Youngsters can solely do city-based actions for therefore lengthy, and Bradford Seashore was a simple strategy to change issues up.

Milwaukee with kids - Northpoint Custard at Bradford Beach

Northpoint Custard at Bradford Seashore

Milwaukee with kids - Enjoying Lake Michigan

Having fun with Lake Michigan

A Braise Farm Dinner

The rationale we would have liked to go away the seashore by 5pm? A 6pm Braise Native Meals farm dinner. A pal had beneficial doing a farm dinner, provided that Wisconsin has lots of farms and lots of nice meals, and conveniently there was a dinner happening partway between Milwaukee and Door County on the night time once we have been planning to drive via there anyway. 4 of Milwaukee’s prime cooks can be cooking 4 programs for us.

Milwaukee with kids - The menu for our farm dinner

The menu for our farm dinner

We arrived at Golden Bear Farm in Kiel proper at 6pm and took a farm tour with Steve and Marie Deibele, the house owners of the farm. We received to satisfy their cows and pigs, study farm practices, and see how a lot satisfaction they take supplying native eating places with the easiest meat. Then it was dinner time. All the things was (predictably) wonderful, and we each actually loved the expertise. It was enjoyable speaking to the individuals we have been seated close to, the moonrise was beautiful, and we’ve 4 extra eating places to look out subsequent time we’re again in Milwaukee!

Milwaukee with kids - Pigs!


Milwaukee with kids - Cows!


Milwaukee with kids - The table setup overlooking the farm

The desk setup overlooking the farm

Milwaukee with kids - The figs were amazing!

The figs have been superb!

From the farm we drove on to Door County.

What We Didn’t Do

I had lots on our to-do record, however with solely two days within the metropolis we didn’t get to a number of issues. We needed to do a kid-friendly brewery tour. We had heard nice issues concerning the Harley-Davidson Museum. And we have been informed to look out Ian’s Pizza, the Comet Café, Clock Shadow Creamery and Leon’s Custard. Plus we nonetheless have to go to the SafeHouse. A superb record to start out our subsequent go to…

Milwaukee with kids - At the Milwaukee RiverWalk

On the Milwaukee RiverWalk


Milwaukee isn’t overly costly. Our largest splurge was on meals – particularly the farm dinner. The Rumpus Room was $79 for the 2 of us. Lunch at Kopp’s Custard was $21. Buck Bradley’s was $38. The farm dinner was $115/individual, together with wine and beer.

The Springhill Suites Downtown averages $160/night time. Our rental automotive for 5 days, with a drop-off in Inexperienced Bay, was $523.

We paid $19 on the Milwaukee Artwork Museum for 2 of us, and $35 at Discovery World. The Mexican Fiesta was $17 for me and free for my Eight-year-old. Mitchell Park Domes entrance was $14. The Milwaukee County Zoo was $40 together with parking.

Milwaukee with kids - At Bradford Beach

At Bradford Seashore

I’d love your ideas too. What are your favourite issues to do in Milwaukee with youngsters? What else ought to we’ve on our agenda subsequent time?



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