Milwaukee Tourism

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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.

Milwaukee Travel Tips

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.
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Facts and Stats for Milwaukee*

  • Pollution Statistics in Milwaukee

    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)
  • Milwaukee: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Milwaukee for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Milwaukee.

    • Burglary and Theft 50 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 50 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 37.5 (Low)
    • Drug offense 25 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 87.5 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 50 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 25 (Low)
  • Living in Milwaukee - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 75 (High)
    • Pollution Index 27.59 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 83.33 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.26 (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.

  • Cost for Essentials in Milwaukee

    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 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 31.15 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 68.33 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 34.67 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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