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Top 100 Things To Do In Milwaukee

Top 100 Things to Do In Milwaukee

The opportunities to enjoy the city of Milwaukee are without a doubt as diverse as the individuals living here. Whether you’re an out-of-towner who’s never seen the western shores of Lake Michigan before or a die-hard Milwaukeean who’s been here for years, there’s always something new to do, see and experience. With a little help from Hype MKE’s Facebook homies, we compiled an easily digestable list of the very best Milwaukee has to offer. We hope you’ll use this list as a reference in the future and a catalyst for developing a new found appreciation for the great city we call home. So, without commentary or a specific order, we present our Top 100 Things To Do In Milwaukee. Enjoy.

1. Attend all 11 days of Summerfest       2. Ice skate and savor a cup of hot chocolate at Red Arrow Park       3. Watch the racing sausages on Opening Day       4. Chow down on a meatball sub at Gloriosos

5. Embrace your hipster side and go see an indie band play at the Cactus Club       6. Relive your childhood at Art Smart’s Dart Mart       7. Watch (or better yet, participate) in the Downer Classic bike race       8. Go retro and play Atari at Koppa’s Farwell Foods       9. Grab a mouth-watering gyro at Oakland Gyros       10. Challenge a stranger to an epic game of ping-pong at SPiN    11. Roam the grounds of the Villa Terrace       12. Soak in the sun and play volleyball at Bradford Beach

13. Enjoy the big hockey hits at an Admirals game       14. Attack the complimentary basket of bacon at Comet Café on Sundays       15. Cheer on your favorite Brewcity Bruiser team at one of their legendary bouts       16. Go see a film everyday of the Milwaukee Film Festival       17. Explore the corridors of the Central Library       18. Tour the city by boat       19. Fight off your New Year’s hangover by polar bearing       20. Enjoy lunch at the Public Market

21. Experience food from around the world with La Merenda’s tapas 22. Run through downtown with thousands of Milwaukeeans in the annual Storm the Bastille 23. Support talented artists at the Lakefront Festival of the Arts 24. Channel your inner Popeye aboard the Dennis Sullivan schooner 25. Tour the Harley-Davidson Museum 26. Take to the water on a rented jetski 27. Star gaze at the Daniel M. Soref Planitarium 28. Admire the animals of the County Zoo

29. Enjoy a morning cup of Joe at Alterra       30. Spend an afternoon shopping on Brady Street       31. Escape from the Wisconsin winter at the Domes       32. Close Wolski’s and receive the famous sticker       33. Meet the Kettle Corn Cowboy at the South Shore Farmers’ Market       34. Bowl with the buddies at Landmark Lanes       35. Dress up for the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Oriental Theater       36. Visit one of the funkiest places in town: Riverwest Video

37. Watch planes fly overhead during the Milwaukee Air Show       38. Bask in your 5 seconds of fame by getting on the Jumbotron at a Bucks game       39. Stumble upon bizarre treasures at American Science & Surplus       40. Gain some knowledge at the Urban Ecology Center       41. Cross the Milwaukee Marathon finish line       42. Take the young ones to the Globetrotters on New Year’s Eve       43. Shop for locally made goods at the annual Arts vs. Crafts       44. Rock out at the Rave

45. Experience the AJ Bombers Peanut Bomb       46. Dance till your heart’s content at Mad Planet       47. Find the infamous “rattlesnake button” at the Milwaukee Public Museum       48. Break out the brats and the booze while tailgating at Miller Park       49. Get your legs moving with the paddleboats on the Veterans Park Lagoon       50. Go midnight sledding on St. Mary’s Hill       51. Track down the Streetza Pizza food truck for a slice of on-the-go pizza       52. Disrobe for the Underwear Bike Ride

53. Practice your British accent while sipping tea on the Anaba Tea Room’s rooftop garden 54. Put on your fancy pants on and have a date at Lake Park Bistro 55. Try chocolate covered bacon on a stick at the Wisconsin State Fair 56. Cheer on your favorite World Cup futbol team at the Nomad World Pub 57. Learn about urban farming at Growing Power 58. Kite surf at Bradford Beach 59. Ride the La Perla Chili 60. Admire City Hall’s architecture

61. Tour the Lakefront Brewery 62. Sip wine and listen to music at Jazz in the Park 63. Do the impossible - drink and exercise at the same time with the Pedal Tavern 64. Do your body good and buy some healthy food at the Outpost 65. Spend St. Patty’s at Mo’s Irish Pub 66. Ride a Harley motorcycle 67. Go fly a kite in the International Kite Festival 68. Join the large group of red suited individuals on a bike ride through the East Side for the annual Santa Rampage

69. Enjoy the views from the top of the U.S. Bank Center during Doors Open Milwaukee (if it becomes an annual event) 70. Hop into Doc Brown's DeLorean and warp back in time to At Random 71. Relax with breakfast in the library of the Iron Horse Hotel 72. Eat a slice of Mac and Cheese pizza from Ian’s 73. Experience Mondo Lucha 74. Take a trip over to our easterly neighbors on the Lake Express 75. Bike the Oak Leaf Trail 76. Kayak up the Milwaukee River

77. SCUBA dive and explore the various sunken ships on the bottom of Lake Michigan 78. Pick up some rad $5 tees at the Urban Garage Sale 79. Walk through the winding ravine trail in Lake Park 80. Throw dining etiquette out the window with a State Fair cream puff 81. Laugh your ass off at Comedy Sportz 82. Create a film for the 48 Hour Film Project 83. Take in the Fourth of July fireworks from the water 84. Grab a late night cone at Leon’s Frozen Custard

85. Check out the amazing creativity at the annual MIAD senior exhibition 86. Enjoy the free samples on the Sprecher tour 87. Explore the Safe House and make your “getaway” through the super secret exit 88. Get the wheels turning at Ray’s Mountain Bike Park 89. Release stored up stress at Paintball Dave’s 90. Dock at Barnacle Buds and enjoy a Bloody Mary 91. Lounge and listen to music at Chill on the Hill 92. Get lost in a book at Boswell Books

93. Dog sled at Whitnall Park 94. Attend Fish Fry and a Flick at Pier Wisconsin 95. Attempt the Pizza Shuttle Challenge 96. Hike Grant Park’s Seven Bridges Trail 97. Make an appearance at every cultural fest taking place at the Summerfest Grounds 98. Take a cheesy picture with the carbonite version of Henry Winkler 99. Watch the Calatrava flap its wings 100. Spread the word about Milwaukee by sending this list to your family, friends and all known Brew City haters - Go forth


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Major props and thanks to the photographers, especially the extremely talented John DecemberErik Ljung and Luke Lavin.

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