Play time - Milwaukee style
Looking for something fun to do with kids in Milwaukee? Pick a card — not just any card, but a Play Milwaukee card.
Quaffing beer is among Milwaukee’s most popular sports each warm summer. Brewskis have been taken seriously here since at least the 1830s, and they’ve solidified this position since the community’s earliest days as a Teutonic stronghold.
My kind of beach
One of the great advantages to living in southeast Wisconsin is the easy access to a variety of beaches. As summer takes hold and the water warms up, there is no better way to spend an afternoon than soaking up the sun on the shores of an area lake.
Back to the basics
If summer sleepover camp is a great childhood memory, Camp Wandawega is your chance to relive it. With your kids.
Grafton residents have always known the village’s downtown district was a diamond in the rough. Now, thanks to recent revitalization efforts, including new streets and sidewalks, a pedestrian plaza and river walk, visitors are discovering this gem of a community.
One of just three "Greenbelt" communities in the United States, the village of Greendale’s history is unique. The Franklin Roosevelt administration built the planned community – marked by the "greenbelt" of forests and parks surrounding the area – in 1936 to provide much needed jobs and better housing for families at the height of the Great Depression.
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Once a nondescript bingo hall in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino has transformed into an entertainment destination, with slot machines, gaming tables, award-winning restaurants, a theater that attracts national acts — and now a four-star hotel.
Revitalizing Port
Emily Kapszukiewicz and her fiance, Alex Funk, chose to live in Port Washington in early 2013 because it was centrally located between their jobs.
Gather by the river
Milwaukee, according to the language of its original Native American inhabitants, means gathering place by the water. The downtown Riverwalk has become a very popular place for all sorts of gatherings. Here are seven activities to enjoy along the Riverwalk this summer.
Places: Brown Deer Village
A century ago, Brown Deer’s original village center, a triangular area surrounded by railroad tracks to the west, Green Bay Road to the east and Brown Deer Road to the north, was the hub of the community, humming with basic services like a barber shop, grocery store, ice cream parlor and service garage.
Making friends in high places
Sometime soon, you may be invited to spend the night in the arms of Apollo, the Gemini Twins or even Wild Bill. The trees at Riveredge Nature Center in Saukville all seem to have names, and Jessica Jens, the center’s executive director, would like visitors to get to know them, up close and personally.
Turner Hall
Established more than 130 years ago, Turner Hall honors Milwaukee’s rich German heritage in every sense of the word. The building was designed by a German architect, named after a German-American association and remains under the supervision of that same organization.
Trail mix
Metro Milwaukee boasts more than 300 miles of recreational trails, and you’re sure to find a perfect one to explore each month of the year. Here’s a sample of what the area has to offer.
Whitefish Bay
Located at the corner of Silver Spring and Lake drives, Winkie’s has been a family tradition for generations. The upscale variety shop, which dates to the 1940s, carries an array of novelty gift items.
SUITE success
Whether they’re here for business, pleasure, or both, visitors to Milwaukee are finding many more choice hotel rooms in town lately, with more on the horizon.
Heart of the action
The recently opened Three Bridges Park in the Menomonee Valley is the latest step in the transformation of a long-abandoned rail yard into a popular destination for families and a growing number of businesses and employees in the area.
Milwaukee Icons 08-12-13
The home of the Milwaukee Brewers is an impressive attraction with its red brick façade, arched windows and retractable roof. Baseball players and the Racing Sausages aren’t the only ones to have graced the field. President George W. Bush threw the first pitch on the park’s inaugural opening day on April 6, 2001. 
Visit Waukesha 08-12-13
Historic charm, an ever-growing arts scene and a slew of new restaurants and gourmet food shops have revitalized downtown Waukesha.
Lower prices make winter a great time to visit the Windy City 02-11-13
CHICAGO — It’s sleek, shiny and sensational. But let’s add two more words to describe Chicago for tourists: darn expensive. On Feb. 1, admission to the Art Institute of Chicago jumped to $23 for out-of-state visitors. In the past month, a host of other price hikes that affect tourists have also taken effect: Museum of Science and Industry ticket prices rose. 

Midwest Travel 

After the hike, there’s plenty more to do at Illinois’ Starved Rock 11-16-15
For 20 years, Lisle and Pat Elsbury made the 80-mile drive from their suburban Chicago home to Starved Rock State Park, one of Illinois’ favored hiking and camping spots.
Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine can burst with colors 
Wisconsinites might grimace at how rough winters can get these days, but 20,000 years ago much of the state was under a sheet of ice thicker than a mile in some places. 
Harpersfield Covered Bridge, Morgan Swamp among Ohio's Ashtabula County attractions 06-01-15
Ashtabula County is Ohio’s covered-bridge capital. You can savor one of the county’s 18 covered bridges when you visit the Harpersfield Covered Bridge over the Grand River in Harpersfield Township. It is one of the most popular and most easily accessible covered bridges in the county.
Headlands Dunes preserve is a wild Lake Erie beach with sand, forest, marshes  03-23-15
FAIRPORT HARBOR, Ohio — Once there were 170 miles of unspoiled Lake Erie beaches with dunes and beach-loving vegetation on Ohio’s North Coast. Few remain today.
Boyne puts a resort spin on Midwest skiing
BOYNE FALLS, Mich. — Perhaps Midwesterners were not meant to ski. Consider what they’ve been given: flat terrain, oppressively gray winter skies, subzero wind chills and fickle helpings of a ski weekend’s most crucial ingredient.

Shipwrecks, lighthouses in spotlight at Toledo's National Museum of the Great Lakes  08-25-14

A lovely day in - Gary?

In Baraboo, Wis., the circus is always in town 05-27-14
Chicago's new 'Tilt!' puts you over the edge 05-12-14
South Bass Light Station is Lake Erie lighthouse with its own ghosts 02-17-14
Sailing a tall ship across Lake Superior 02-17-14
Ride on Richland B&O Trail survives broken windows, shaky start 02-10-14
There's more to winter sports in northern Michigan than skiing 02-03-14
Commodore Perry plays tall role on Ohio's South Bass Island, Put-in-Bay 12-16-13
A shopper's guide to Chicago's new Eataly 12-16-13
Flint Ridge is one of Ohio's most historical sites with old quarry pits 12-02-13
Believe it: The beer will be cold 11-25-13
Picnic with cannibals at Wisconsin's Aztalan State Park

Vacation Spots

Miami Beach — America’s sexiest metropolis 05-02-2016

History lessons at the Hanford Site 05-02-2016

Making house calls to Monticello and the rest of Jeffersonland 04-25-2016

Miami Beach offers a vivid vintage vacation 04-25-2016

Visit the weird side of Las Vegas with these 4 unusual attractions 04-18-2016

Affordable Aspen — yes, it’s possible 04-18-2016

Former rail-side hotel gems in varied states of rebirth in West 04-11-2016

LA’s Petersen Automotive Museum is gearhead Valhalla 04-11-2016

Lexington — the Belle of the Bluegrass 04-04-2016

Hawaii off the beaten path: The hidden charms of Maui’s Paia 04-04-2016

Marine life off of Mexico’s Baja peninsula on display at Monterey Bay Aquarium 03-21-2016

Electric bike tour gives cyclists taste of city’s trendiest restaurants 03-21-2016

Arizona’s wildest ride: the Apache Trail  03-14-2016

Mmm, mmm, Maui: Food and sipping tours make island a taster’s paradise 03-07-2016

Exploring Princeton and its environs 02-29-2016

A few good reasons to visit New England beaches in winter 02-29-2016

Driving ‘The Loneliest Road in America,’ with kids, no less 02-22-2016



Travel Features

Paradise Found
Gardens can be fascinating places for meandering, meditation or mental and physical healing. And, southeastern Wisconsin is home to some of the loveliest public gardens in the country, where you can explore the many gifts of nature.
Drive and dine
Sometimes the best road trips are those with a savory reward at the end: an unforgettable restaurant meal. Fortunately, within an hour of downtown Milwaukee are several decadent options, from a throwback steakhouse with Lake Michigan views to a pizzeria with pies that rival those baked in Italy.
Mobile streaming
Aaron Carman likens owning a vintage Airstream trailer to owning a classic car, both for the wow factor on the open road and the ongoing maintenance issues. He and wife Amy found the 1971 Airstream about five years ago on eBay — it was in a barn in Eau Claire — and have been restoring it ever since.
The life loyal
Several times each year, Loyal Mehnert, 34, will veto a resort-style vacation in favor of a volunteer project.
Make your escape
It’s springtime, a season for slipping into a driving mode and rambling. Among the limitless "best" driving destinations are long-time favorites and several new explorations to consider. The only criteria: Get up and go! With this season’s high gas prices, the following suggestions are within a half-day drive from greater Milwaukee, making it easy on the pocketbook.
The holidays have a natural hustle and bustle to them that charms children and puts everyone in a good mood. But if the thought of the upcoming holidays feels more like a hassle, maybe it’s time to rethink your celebration.







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