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You will be hard-pressed to find a weekend in Milwaukee when there is nothing to do. Professional sports teams play year-round. Theater, dance and opera companies keep the stages filled with action. And there are dozens of small clubs offering a variety of music, including blues, jazz, swing and rock ’n’ roll. If your musical tastes are more classical, you might enjoy a night with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra or an afternoon of chamber music.
Perhaps you’re just hungry. If so, you will be amazed at the variety of excellent ethnic restaurants in the metropolitan area. The Bartolotta Restaurants, a family-owned developer of Milwaukee's top restaurants, offers some of the cities most beautiful and unique sites. Whatever your tastes, you will quickly discover there is no shortage of things to do in Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee area is blessed with a variety of cultural attractions:
Sports & Recreation
For sports enthusiasts, Milwaukee offers year-round events, including professional baseball (Milwaukee Brewers), professional basketball (Milwaukee Bucks) who are building a new arena in downtown Milwaukee, professional hockey (Milwaukee Admirals), professional soccer (Milwaukee Wave), collegiate basketball (Marquette and UW-Milwaukee) and auto racing (Milwaukee Mile).
The area also offers a variety of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Sparkling lakes, quiet woodland areas and prairie vistas can be found throughout Waukesha, Ozaukee, Racine and Washington counties.
All told, the greater Milwaukee area features 17,700 acres of county parkland, more than 60 public and private golf courses and more than 240 miles of bikeways and hiking paths. The area’s best-known golf course is Whistling Straits, which is located just north of the Milwaukee Region in Sheboygan County. It hosted the 2010 PGA Championship and 2015 PGA Championship and will host the 2020 Ryder Cup. Other well-known golf courses are Milwaukee County’s Brown Deer Golf Course, which hosted a PGA tour event for many years, and Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, which hosted the 2011 U.S. Amateur and will host the 2017 U.S. Open.
Boating and fishing are major activities on both Lake Michigan and the many beautiful inland lakes. Charter boat captains are always eager to take people out onto the “local ocean” to land perch, steelhead, coho or chinook salmon.
Sailing is also very popular. The South Shore Yacht Club’s annual Queen’s Cup Race attracts more than 240 yachts per year for the Wisconsin-to-Michigan race. For more casual sailors, sailboats and windsurfing equipment can be rented at McKinley Park Marina just east of downtown Milwaukee.
And then there is the food. Milwaukee is a virtual smorgasbord of ethnic cuisine. There are many excellent restaurants featuring German, Russian, Polish, Haitian, Italian, Mexican, Mongolian, Mideastern, Chinese, Cajun and Serbian specialties. In addition, Milwaukee boasts some of the finest restaurants offering continental cuisine in the Midwest. And don’t forget the fish fries and frozen custard!
Thanks to Milwaukee’s Catholic population, fish fries are a Friday night staple at virtually every restaurant (get a reservation because the wait for a table can be long!). Milwaukee is also one of only a handful of cities where frozen custard is available. This delicious treat draws people to custard stands on even the coldest winter days. If you’re looking for a place to treat your tastebuds, we recommend you pick up an issue of Milwaukee Magazine, which lists restaurants by cuisine and location.
The Milwaukee Center Theater District is home to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, which operates three venues: the Quadracci Powerhouse, Steimke Theater and the Stackner Cabaret. The district also includes the Pabst Theater, a national historic landmark that provides musical and theatrical entertainment in an elegant setting; the Riverside Theater, a popular music venue; and the Miller High Life Theater. The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts offers several venues for performing artists, including the 2,300-seat Uihlein Hall. Large shows are held at the outdoor Marcus Amphitheater or BMO Harris Pavilion which are located at the Henry W. Maier Festival Park. The Broadway Theatre Center, located in Milwaukee's trendy Third Ward, is the home of The Skylight Opera and the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.