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It doesn’t matter if you’re one or 100; Milwaukee is a city for all ages. This industrial hub may look bland to the untrained eye, but beneath its facade is a plethora of fun experiences just waiting to be had. Grab a beer, or plan a trip around Summerfest, and come see all that this Wisconsin city has to offer.
Seeing a movie is always fun, but seeing a movie in one of the most iconic theaters in Milwaukee is an unforgettable experience. Opened in 1927 on the city’s East Side, the Oriental Theatre is famous for its ornate interior, as well as an antique pipe organ that’s played before certain films. There are three screens and a bar serving wines, beers and cocktails.
One of the greatest things about Milwaukee is its waterways, so what better way to tour the city than by boat? The Edelweiss Boat Tours pass some of Milwaukee’s most recognizable buildings, all from the comfort of a spacious vessel – simply grab a drink and a sun hat and settle in for a relaxing and informative outing. Another popular option is the Margarita Fiesta Cruise, on which you’re served freshly-made cocktails and tacos.
The Bronze Fonz is Milwaukee’s premier kitsch attraction, the name of which tells you all you need to know. Situated on the Riverwalk, just south of East Wells Street, it’s a life-size bronze statue of Fonzie, the character played by Henry Winkler in the 1970s, Milwaukee-based TV series Happy Days. The smiley statue is giving two thumbs up, as the Fonz often did, and is always up for a selfie.
For a daft but enjoyable evening themed around espionage, head to SafeHouse. You’ll find it by entering International Exports at 779 North Front Street and providing a password at a second door within (check the website for the latest one). If you don’t know it, you’ll be asked to dance in order to obtain entry. Once you’ve jived your way in, set yourself up at the bar, James Bond-style, with a Great Spytini, or a Spy Who Tequila’d Me.
Additional reporting by Mark Nayler