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    Milwaukee vacation - advice requested

    My family is planning on visiting Milwaukee in July, primarily to visit Miller Park. We're not too familiar with the area and would like some advice on where to look for hotels, places to eat and places to visit. It will be my wife and I and our 3 school-age boys.

    We'll probably take a day trip down to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL (we can't avoid that place since we're in the area - the kids love it). But we'll probably try to stay north of Gurnee, IL. We've seen plenty of Chicago lately.

    Does anyone have suggestions on Milwaukee highlights?



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    Re: Milwaukee vacation - advice requested

    My girlfriend and I were just in WI for spring break and made a day trip to Miliwaukee. We only saw the Miller Brewing Company. It was pretty neat, plus they gave us lots of free beer after the tour. However, I'm not sure how excited your kids would be about that. One thing I can say is to know where you're going. They are completely re-doing their downtown interstate system, so there is tons of construction...think I-235 in Des Moines, except with a city that's 5 times bigger. Good luck, I hope you have fun!


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    Re: Milwaukee vacation - advice requested

    Milwaukee is a hotbed of tourism. Actuall on your way to Milwaukee stop by the Dells. It is great. Milwaukee you can take a beer tour.



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    Re: Milwaukee vacation - advice requested

    Wherever you go, make sure to get cheese curds. Mmm... cheese that squeaks when you eat it.


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    Re: Milwaukee vacation - advice requested

    the ramada downtown is usually resonable, however anywhere downtown is good. they have some really cool boat tours on the river walk,so that could b fun for the fam. sorry couldnt help more, normally its a big drinkin trip for me and a bunch of friends! cant c the kids enjoying all the breweries as much as i do have a wonderful trip though!



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    Re: Milwaukee vacation - advice requested

    Does anyone know if the Milwaukee County Zoo is worth the time to visit?



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    Re: Milwaukee vacation - advice requested

    Quote Originally Posted by zumbro clones View Post
    My family is planning on visiting Milwaukee in July, primarily to visit Miller Park. We're not too familiar with the area and would like some advice on where to look for hotels, places to eat and places to visit. It will be my wife and I and our 3 school-age boys.

    We'll probably take a day trip down to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL (we can't avoid that place since we're in the area - the kids love it). But we'll probably try to stay north of Gurnee, IL. We've seen plenty of Chicago lately.

    Does anyone have suggestions on Milwaukee highlights?
    Being from the Milwaukee area, I can make some suggestions:

    If you come to Milwaukee in July, you should definitely attend one of the lakefront festivals at the Henry Maier Festival Park. Milwaukee is known as the City of Festivals.

    June 28 - July 8th
    The biggest festival is Summerfest which claims to be the world's largest music festival. There are numerous music stages including an amphitheater. They generally book some top notch entertainment if you are a music fan.
    Link: Summerfest - The World's Largest Music Festival

    July 19 - July 22
    Festa Italiana
    Link: Festa Italiana - Italian, Festival, Milwaukee, WI

    July 27 - July 29
    Germanfest
    Link: 2007 German Fest

    The zoo is very nice. As Knownothing said, Wisconsin Dells is very nice. Your kids would love it It's not too far out of the way as you come to Milwaukee. PM me with any specific questions you have and I will be more than happy to help a fellow Clone.


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    Re: Milwaukee vacation - advice requested

    Summerfest is one of our vacation destinations this year as well, I highly recommend it. It will be fun for the kids as well as they have some fun activites for them and beer/music for you.


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    Re: Milwaukee vacation - advice requested

    Back in the "day" I would just hit Water St. all night. Is the "Safe House" still there. That was a very cool bar.

    Also, the Sprecher Brewery tour is cool. Is much smaller than the macro brewers in town and they have a very good product. They also make Root Beer so the kids might enjoy it. Sprecher Brewing Company

    I'm probably not much help here since my favorite memories of Milwaukee are drinking related

    Edit: I attended summerfest one summer and had a great time. We saw Counting Crows, Wallflowers and Big Head Todd was on a free stage. I imagine it can be a family friendly event during the day. Not sure about the night time.


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    Re: Milwaukee vacation - advice requested

    Zoo sells beer you can walk arouind with. Hit it.

    We enjoyed the Milwaukee Zoo quite a bit several years back. I'd say Omaha's is a better Midwest Zoo. But Milwaukee was enjoyable.



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    Re: Milwaukee vacation - advice requested

    Besides the zoo and the Festivals, are there any parks or sights that I should plan on visiting?



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    Re: Milwaukee vacation - advice requested

    make sure you head to the park early, they have an awesome kids field just outside the stadium where they can play and run around the bases! its fun for adults as well! i know when i was there they had bob euker (sp?) throwing soft toss to some kids. who knows you might get lucky!



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    Re: Milwaukee vacation - advice requested

    If you're a motorcycle fan at all, the Harley Davidson factory is there I believe. I've heard its a great tour!



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    Re: Milwaukee vacation - advice requested

    Take the kids to the Jelly Belly warehouse. Take the tour and eat free samples. LINK



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    Re: Milwaukee vacation - advice requested

    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    Back in the "day" I would just hit Water St. all night. Is the "Safe House" still there. That was a very cool bar.

    Also, the Sprecher Brewery tour is cool. Is much smaller than the macro brewers in town and they have a very good product. They also make Root Beer so the kids might enjoy it. Sprecher Brewing Company

    I'm probably not much help here since my favorite memories of Milwaukee are drinking related

    Edit: I attended summerfest one summer and had a great time. We saw Counting Crows, Wallflowers and Big Head Todd was on a free stage. I imagine it can be a family friendly event during the day. Not sure about the night time.
    I haven't been to the Safe House in about 35 years but it is still in business. It's an interesting nightclub but not a place to take the kids. It's patterned after a spy movie. The entrance is a phone booth and you have to give a password on the phone to get in.

    The Sprecher Brewery idea is a good one. I've never been on the tour but I've heard it's good. The only macro brewery still in existence in Milwaukee is Miller. They have a nice tour also.

    Green Bay is about a 2 hour drive if you would like to see the holy temple called Lambeau Field (or Lambert Field as John Kerry called it). The Packer Hall of Fame is right next to Lambeau.


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