Famous for its beer production, Milwaukee, WI is home to some of the best and most renowned breweries in the United States. In addition to the storied Pabst Brewery that has been in service since 1844, Milwaukee also has some of the best microbreweries in the country. Beer is crafted with such passion at Stonefly Brewery that it has become a must-see for anyone partial to full-bodied ales, IPA’s, and stouts. On the lighter side is Milwaukee’s original brewpub, Water Street Brewery, which offers refreshing lagers, cream ales, and a decadent raspberry weiss, along with a selection of seasonal ales. For the true beer aficionados, there is Pabst Mansion, a 35-bedroom house which was once home to Captain Frederick Pabst, creator of one of America’s most popular cult beers—Pabst Blue Ribbon.
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The effect of this flavorful past can be felt each day in Milwaukee – they named their baseball team ‘the Brewers’ – as beer festivals are constantly either in progress or in the planning stage. The Milwaukee Irish Festival celebrates everything that makes the emerald isle such a revered place, while the world-famous Summerfest combines Milwaukee’s brewing history with a monumental music festival, creating one of the most enthralling carnivals anywhere in the US.
Milwaukee is also celebrated for its fine and widely varied ethnic cuisine. Here, there is something to satisfy any person’s taste buds; whether one is looking for Italian, German, French, Mexican, or British, Milwaukee has it—and of course any meal is accompanied by the perfect cold brew.
Aside from the breweries and pubs, Milwaukee offers a plethora of other enticing attractions. The world-renowned zoo is a popular destination for children and adults alike, and the many museums, gardens, and parks provide visitors with numerous family–friendly venues. The Harley Davidson Museum is one such attraction as it highlights the history of one of America’s most iconic creations. Harley Davidson was founded in Milwaukee and you can feel its influence every day as the rumble of exhausts pays homage to a legendary representation of what is means to be American.
A surprising gem awaits just a few miles north of Milwaukee in the shape of a beautiful sandy beach. Described as an urban oasis, the shore of Lake Michigan makes for a quality beach, similar to what you would expect in the American southeast. In the summer, relax here and let the cooling breeze lull you to sleep, or take a refreshing dip in the mild water. People come from all over Wisconsin to watch the volleyball tournaments that occur on a regular basis and to listen to the rooftop bands that are often playing.
Just a short drive from downtown Milwaukee can be found Wisconsin’s most visited tourist attraction, the Potawatomi Bingo Casino. Inside you will find a lavish, Vegas-style gambling hall featuring games to satisfy anyone feeling lucky, including: high-stakes bingo, almost 100 table games, over 3,000 slot machines, a large Poker Room, and a comfortable off-track betting room.
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