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Milwaukee: Sightseeing Bus Tour

1. Milwaukee: Sightseeing Bus Tour

Discover Milwaukee on a small-group sightseeing tour. Walk first through the downtown, pass by the City Hall building, discover Pabst Theatre, and stroll along the river. Then, board the bus and make stops at the Black Cat Alley, the North Pont Lighthouse, and much more. Begin first on foot in the historic downtown of Milwaukee. View the stately City Hall building, completed in 1895, and the landmark Pabst Theatre, before reaching the river. Walk along the river and catch a glimpse of a bronze casting of a 70’s TV hero. Starting the driving portion of the tour, learn about Milwaukee’s interesting history from Native Americans to the French fur traders who founded the modern city. As you drive, pass by the Sculpture Milwaukee, an outdoor exhibition that includes art from all around the world. Heading north towards the first stop, pass Milwaukee's Museum Mile on the trendy East Side. Then, discover a unique neighborhood filled with bars, restaurants, and local shops. The first stop is at the Black Cat Alley, Milwaukee’s premier street art gallery. Back in the coach, the bus enters the exclusive Water Tower District. Glimpse the homes of the beer barons and industrialists, including a house designed by Wisconsin’s own Frank Llyod Wright. The next stop comes at the North Point Lighthouse in Milwaukee’s expansive Lake Park. Take in the sweeping views of Lake Michigan and drive along the lakeshore towards the Milwaukee Art Museum. As one of America’s largest museums, it was featured in multiple Hollywood hits, including Bridesmaids. Moving along, the bus passes the Henry Maier Festival Grounds and the revitalized Third Ward. This former industrial district has come to life with restaurants, and theaters, and is home to the Milwaukee Public Market. Make a quick stop here to go to the restroom, or have a snack and a drink. Heading back downtown, the tour passes the iconic Pabst Brewing Company and Fiserv Forum Arena, home of the World Champion Milwaukee Bucks. Full of history, photos, and laughs, the tour makes its way back to City Hall to conclude and sets you up to explore Milwaukee on your own.

Milwaukee: Macabre Milwaukee Walking Tour

2. Milwaukee: Macabre Milwaukee Walking Tour

Learn of the fires, murders, suicide, and tragic accidents that mar Brew City on this bone-chilling ghost tour by US Ghost Adventures. Hear rarely-told tales and dark history on this chilling ghost tour of the downtown district of Milwaukee from your local guide.Meet your guide at the Milwaukee Public Parking Lot, where you’ll begin the exploration of the 176-year-old city. Next, head to the haunted Hilton Garden Inn. Learn about the Newhall House Hotel fire, that took the lives of 70 victims. Hear stories about how the haunted hotel houses guests who experience hair pulling and door slamming from an invisible force.From there, you’ll wind through eight other creepy, ghost-infested sites — each with its own grisly story to tell. Scan Milwaukee City Hall for the ghosts of the Great Depression’s suicide victims. Dive headfirst into the tale of the Lady Elgin, a doomed steamboat in one of the deadliest incidents of Lake Michigan’s history.Next, listen to the cries of the Riverwalk spirit. Reach your final tour stop at the Skylight Music Theater, and discover how Richardson’s spotlight bulb has controlled the success of the theatre since the founder’s urn was buried under the stage.

Milwaukee Scavenger Hunt Adventure

3. Milwaukee Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Turn Milwaukee into a giant game board on an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour sightseeing tour of Milwaukee. Guided from any smartphone, groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city. Your adventure will begin at the end of Wisconsin Avenue with a view of the architectural gem of the city, the Calatrava, and take you on a journey through the city to see famous hotels, a spectacular cathedral, local markets and a river walk filled with outdoor art exhibits. Discover hidden sights, sounds, and tastes of the city as you have fun solving the challenges in this Great place on a Great Lake. Points of Interest Include: The Calatrava, Milwaukee War Memorial, Cathedral of St. John, The Milwaukee Market, and The Milwaukee River Walk. The tour requires approximately 2 miles of walking. Using a smartphone as “the guide” allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play. Stop midway to enjoy the art or grab a beer and bratwurst to eat on your own schedule. 

Milwaukee: Local Food Tour

4. Milwaukee: Local Food Tour

On our Secret Food Tour: Milwaukee, our experienced guides will show you the city's historic buildings, storefronts, and restaurants that span cultures and cuisines along the Milwaukee River. After a full day of tastings, you will feel like a local talking about who has the best brats, cheese curds, fish fry, and custard. And if all of that doesn't convince you to spend an afternoon with us, "The Fonz" gives this tour a double thumbs up! Ayyy! Our tour starts in front of Usinger's Famous Sausage, where you will have an opportunity to explore over 40 different varieties of gift boxes containing gourmet sausage, Wisconsin-made cheese, and delicious extras! A perfect purchase to commemorate your time in the city. Our first taste is at a Milwaukee staple, where you will discover how a humble shop now provides some of the best gourmet cheese in the city. It also features our delicious Secret Taste of the tour! Next, you'll visit Milwaukee's original German beer hall, which features beer imported from the Munich Hofbräuhaus. Here you will become an expert on "wursts." As you continue the tour, you'll discover the secret spot where all guests are referred to by their "Agent" name and where we'll enjoy delicious fried cheese curds. Last but certainly not least, you will end the tour with a sweet treat synonymous with Wisconsin, the flavor of the day custard!

Airport transfer between Chicago O'Hare and Milwaukee

5. Airport transfer between Chicago O'Hare and Milwaukee

Enjoy a fast and convenient transfer between Chicago O'Hare Airport and Milwaukee on modern buses provided by Couch USA, one of North America's leading providers of ground passenger transportation and mobility solutions. Every transfer service with Couch USA is aimed to be safe, reliable, courteous, and efficient for all passengers. Board a modern bus to get to your desired destination stress-free. Leave your worries behind to miss none of your next flights by arriving at your transit airport on time with our frequent schedules and helpful staff. We provide smooth and professional transport in our comfortable 56-seater buses. Each bus is equipped with reclining seats, climate control, restrooms, and DVD-viewing monitors throughout. Buy your ticket online and plan your trip flexibly with a ticket that is valid to be used up to 6 months after your purchase.

A Romantic Journey Through Milwaukee

6. A Romantic Journey Through Milwaukee

Embark on a romantic journey through Milwaukee's most picturesque landmarks, where you and your partner are the stars of a captivating love story. Begin at the majestic Daniel W. Hoan Memorial Bridge, a symbol of dedication and history, leading you to the serene Milwaukee Pierhead Lighthouse. Here, amidst the gentle lake breezes, share a moment of tranquility, basking in the beauty of the lighthouse and its scenic surroundings. Pause at the BMO Pavilion, capturing memories in photographs that will last a lifetime. Your adventure culminates along the Hank Aaron State Trail, a peaceful retreat within the city's heart. This tour isn't just a sightseeing experience; it's an intimate voyage where each step deepens your bond, making every moment a cherished part of your love story.

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4.8 / 5

based on 12 reviews

The tour and Mike were awesome! We learned a lot and Mike is extremely knowledgeable and happily answered all of our questions about Milwaukee. Mike has a great sense of humor and his passion for the city and all it has to offer was evident. We do city tours everywhere we visit and this is the best one we have ever been on. Highly recommend!

Outstanding. Guide Mike was top notch, professional, courteous, informative, knowledgeable. Could have spend a bit more time on the bus seeing things, a bit less on the ground walking to attractions. I like highlights more than in-depth review, I can always research specifics later.

Mike is an excellent guide with a lot of knowledge of Milwaukee - he made the trip very enjoyable. Van was easy to get in and out of. Learned a lot. would do it again - these types of tours offer so much insight to the area.

way beyond expectations, Mike is a great host making the visits as fun as interesting. plenty of good tips about his beloved city. Highly recommended.

Was a great tour of the city and to see places/landmarks we may not have otherwise seen. Was nice to have short stops too. I would recommend.