Milwaukee Tourism

Home to tipsy Brew skis, Baseball fanatics, Modern Art galleries, the legendary Harley Davidson Museum, haunted places which are swamped by Ghost hunters and a shop where Priests come to buy for their outfits- Milwaukee is probably one of the most fascinating places on this side of the globe. Add to that, river cruises which take you through the Milwaukee river and the city’s controversial history with Al Capone and you are sure to have one of best travel stories to tell for years to come!

Milwaukee, like the rest of Wisconsin has a vast history. The original inhabitants were the American Indians whole settled around the Lake Michigan. Soon many tribes were living here and extended to what is now the ‘downtown’ area of Milwaukee. In the 20th century, the German and Polish immigrants embraced the area and soon the African-American and Hispanic population found its way to the city too. Milwaukee has always been a favored place for immigrants and its vast culture and heritage is derived form all of them.

Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin and covers the south-eastern boundary of the state’s map. The city embraces the urban culture much like New York with chic places to shop, eat and party. If you are traveling with family, there are many science and art museums, thrilling baseball games and places of history which offer an exclusive peek into the 19th century Milwaukee.

Today, the city owns some of the best beer breweries in the world like Pabst, Miller and Schlitz and is the only place where you can see Harley Davidsons take shape.

The summer is the peak season with an array of festivals celebrated in full swing around the Lake Michigan. The ‘Summer-fest’ is recorded in Guinness book of world records as the "the largest music festival in the world”.

Milwaukee credits its vast tourism to its urban streak, love for art and immensely fascinating stories which yield from its multi-racial culture.

Essential travel information and Milwaukee tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: UTC – 06.00 hours
  • Currency: US Dollar (USD)
  • Electricity and Internet: 120 volts of electricity output. High speed Wi-Fi is available easily and provided by most hotels in Milwaukee.
  • Languages: English is spoken the most. However, due to its vast immigration population, other spoken languages include Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Polish, Serbian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Asian and European languages among others.
  • Security: Emergency number for Police, Ambulance, Fire Department: 911. Police (non-emergency): +1 414-933-4444
  • Tipping: An average of 15 % is considered a good tipping value in restaurants. However, at most places the tips are included in the bill and may amount around 18-20 %. Do check your bill before you tip. For other services like Drivers and Bartender etc., a smaller tip of around 5-7 USD is considered acceptable.
  • Tourist Traps: Most of the bills at restaurants and other eateries come with a tipping amount of around 18-20 %. Do check the bill before you tip over the mentioned value.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Milwaukee

  • Milwaukee Sightseeing City Tour
    Milwaukee Sightseeing City Tour132 Reviews

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    Tap into Milwaukee's famous attractions and history as well as other sights you may not have known existed. Each tour is limi...

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  • Save 6% Milwaukee Sightseeing Bus Tour
    Milwaukee Sightseeing Bus Tour13 Reviews

    Duration: Flexible

    Hop on and hop off the fully-narrated, sightseeing tour at one of 11 hotel or attractions in downtown Milwaukee!Ride the bus ...

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  • Milwaukee Brewery Tour
    Milwaukee Brewery TourNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins

    Take a 3.5-hour guided brewery tour to some of Milwaukee's bestbrew spots. On this tour you will not learn how beer is made, ...

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  • Save 21% Milwaukee Puzzling Adventure
    Milwaukee Puzzling AdventureNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    Turn Milwaukee into a game while partaking on a 2-hour Walking Adventure. Your smartphone will act as your guide, w...

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  • Know the pollution level of Milwaukee before you plan your visit.

    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Milwaukee for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Milwaukee.

    • Burglary and Theft 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 66.67 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 50 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 50 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 33.33 (Low)
    • Attacks 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 50 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 66.67 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 33.33 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 50 (Moderate)
    • Safety Index 57.35 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 52.69 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 27.59 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 13 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 83.33 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 4.68 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Milwaukee

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 29.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 65 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 40.83 USD

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