Flights to Milwaukee
Milwaukee is the largest city in the state of Wisconsin and is situated on the south western shores of Lake Michigan. Formerly built on the manufacturing and brewing industries, Milwaukee has become a far more cosmopolitan city in recent years and has numerous attractions for tourists.
International flights to Milwaukee arrive at the Mitchell International Airport (airport code: MKE), but the number of airlines that service this city are limited. Many travellers choose to arrive at Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD) instead, as it offers a larger number of more direct flight options. It is about 2 hours between the two cities, and there is shuttle and train service. For flights to Milwaukee, only Delta has a single-connection route that stops in Atlanta. Both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic will take you first to London Heathrow and then through Toronto, Canada.
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The Tourist Attractions in Milwaukee:
Though manufacturing and brewing are not so prominent in Milwaukee any more it’s still easy to see the influence these industries had on the city. Where once factories stood, the buildings have now been converted into luxury apartments and complexes, and the riverfront and lakefront have been developed for leisure and recreation.
The Milwaukee Riverwalk is one of the city’s new additions. Built to allow the public to have better access to the Milwaukee River, this is a nice place for a stroll and features several attractions to look out for. Art displays, water taxis, a statue of Fonzie, a park, cafés and brewpubs can be found here.
Historic Third Ward
At one end of the Riverwalk is the Historic Third Ward. This was the old warehouse district of the city that was revitalised as a mixed use area and now contains hundreds of businesses, residences, specialty shops, restaurants, theatre and more, making this quite an artsy part of Milwaukee.
Pier Wisconsin is yet another new addition to the city and it’s main attraction is Discovery World, a museum, focusing on innovation and technology, and the Great Lakes and features full size replicas of schooners and boats.
Milwaukee Art Museum
One of the city’s most striking new pieces of architecture is the Milwaukee Art Museum which has ‘wings’ that open and close several times a day. The building is as much a work of art as what’s inside it! There is also a War Memorial next door to the museum as well.
Another piece of striking architecture is The Domes. This is a collection of three huge glass domes that house the horticultural gardens and include a rainforest, desert, and more.
St Josaphat Basilica
Milwaukee experienced a huge influx of Polish immigrants in the late 1800’s who went about building their own communities and churches. Amongst these is St Josaphat’s Basilica which is considered to be one of the best examples of a Polish Cathedral style in North America.
When Should You Visit?:
Milwaukee suffers from changeable weather because of its location on the Great Lakes, a position that can give the city particularly cold winters with an average high in January of -2C (28F). Winter is not a good time to visit Milwaukee for sightseeing as the winds off the lake often make it feel even colder. Summer, by contrast, can be very pleasant with warm temperatures and average highs in the high 20’s C (low 80’s F), making this probably the best time to visit Milwaukee.