things to do in milwaukee, wiMy family and I love fall and everything about it. I love the crisp chilly weather and changing my wardrobe over to sweaters and chic scarves. I love a good Pumpkin Spice Latte and a gorgeous drive to admire the changing leaves. But most of all, I enjoy a good adventure. Fall is great for exploring a city, and that’s exactly what we intend to do this season. We’ve been in the Milwaukee area for almost a year and a half now, and in our house for a year so we’ve discovered some favorite things to do in the area. Since we are having some company from Washington state visit us next week, I thought I would come up with a brief city guide for the things I’d like to show our friends while they’re here. Here are some of my favorite places!

1) Milwaukee Zoo– We have a membership to the zoo and we absolutely love going. In the summer, we go all the time, but I’d like to hit it up more in the next month before the weather gets too cold to make it enjoyable. There are lots of fun exhibits and you can even go to events and classes as a member. I think our visitors will really enjoy the zoo! If you’ve never been, I’ll link to a page where you can plan your visit around a free zoo day. My personal favorite thing to see are the gorillas!

2) Milwaukee Public Market– I haven’t been to the public market in a few months but it’s one of my favorite hangouts. I absolutely love having visitors come visit and I take them to the market. There’s great coffee, ethnic foods, gifts, and lots of other things. The upstairs is seating and the downstairs is shopping and food. It’s also within walking distance of awesome shopping…which brings me to my next point.

milwaukee public market in the wintermilwaukee public marketcoffee milwaukee public marketsnacks milwaukee public market3) Shopping in the Third Ward– I love shopping for unique finds and there is so much of that in the Third Ward. Anthropologie has high-end casual clothing and LOTS of cool home decor decorative items. There are other boutiques down there, like Shoo, a funky shoe store, and Five Hearts Boutique, a women’s clothing and accessory stop. I could totally get down with shopping in the Third Ward all day. If I only had 24 hours to experience Milwaukee, I’d spend it here!

third ward milwaukee4) Geocaching– Getting away from the heart of Milwaukee a little bit, if you are willing to travel, there’s a lot you can experience 30-40 minutes from the city. West Bend is the geocaching capital of the world, which I think is such a cool thing to brag. If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s basically a treasure hunt with a small, handheld GPS for small objects that others have left for people to find. It’s a great activity to do in the fall and if you look up your city I’m sure you’ll find some near you. We haven’t gone in a couple years but I’m eager to get out there and look. My three year old is a perfect age to get involved in the hunt for caches! 

5) Boutique shopping in Wauwatosa and Cedarburg is so much fun and not too far of a hike from Milwaukee. We hit up Cedarburg regularly as it’s not far from our nearest Costco and we get there all the time so we can buy diapers in bulk!  There is so much to do and so many places to find one-of-a-kind items. If you are a boutique shopper, you will be in heaven! 

I am so excited for our friends to visit! I’m hoping to take a bunch of pictures of their trip to share. A big goal of mine this winter is to blog more about Milwaukee. There are so many neat things to do here and most of them I’m sure I haven’t discovered yet! 

In my search for what there is to do in Milwaukee, I stumbled upon a bunch of great resources. I’ll share them with you in case you are also looking for something to do in this great city.

Eventbrite– I typed in where I live and it showed me all the events in my area. Pretty cool! In addition to that, Eventbrite has a page for that helps you organize your own events!

Miltown Moms– This is a cool resource I found that I actually subscribed to. Every weekend they will email me a weekend guide for what’s happening in the Milwaukee area. Neat!

Visit Milwaukee– This site has a way of searching for area events and festivals.

Do you have a favorite local place to hang out? Where do you live and where do you love to show visitors?

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