Wednesday, January 4, 2017

100 Things to do in Milwaukee This Winter


Now that winter is here, it's a natural tendency to spend more time indoors.  No need to get cabin fever.  Here's a list I came up with of fun things that will keep you exploring Milwaukee all winter long.  If you want even more, get a copy of my Milwaukee Bucket List and 101 Things to do in Milwaukee Parks at a local bookseller,  The Waxwing, Barcelona, or Amazon.

Join the Park People of Milwaukee County for $40 and get a coupon book of park perks to use all year, which includes free admission to some of the places listed below.

1. Sledding
2. Skating at Slice of Ice or one of the lagoons (weather permitting). 
4. Rent cross country skis or sled at Whitnall Park, then enjoy a snack at the warming house. 
5. Visit the Rock Complex for snow tubing or skiing fun.
6. Ski at night with Lapham Peak friends. 
7. Spend a day with the animals at the Milwaukee County Zoo
8. See the plants and the train exhibit at Mitchell Park Domes
9. Hike. Most of the parks will still have trails open, but stairs may be closed.
10. Snowshoe for free at Havenwoods State Forest using their snowshoes.

Bradford Beach after a hard freeze (2015)

11. See the icecanoes at the lakefront. Doctors Park or Bradford Beach are usually some of the best, but check any of the beachfront parks after we've had a very cold week and winds.
12. Join the Urban Ecology Center to use their lending closet equipment and enjoy outdoor activities all winter long. Warm yourself by their fireplaces too.  
13. See raptors up close at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
14. Visit Wehr Nature Center
15. See a frozen waterfall at Whitnall Park. You can hike from Wehr Nature Center or park near the Golf Course.
Waterfall at Whitnall Park
16. Sip some tasty hot chocolate at Red Elephant
17. Join the Greater Milwaukee Knitting Guild and make something warm. 
18. Learn to cook something new at Milwaukee Public Market
19. Make some new friends by joining a Meetup group
20. Learn more about Wisconsin at Milwaukee Public Museum
21. Eat some pizza and enjoy the organ music at Organ Piper Pizza
22. Take the Skywaukee tour with Historic Milwaukee Inc
23. Tour our historic and beautiful Milwaukee Central Library
24. View photographs of Milwaukee (ZIPMKE) at the library.  All organized by zipcode. 
25. Take a chocolate pairing class at Indulgence Chocolatiers
26. Spend a Saturday morning at the Winter Farmer’s Market.
Winter Farmer's Market in the green house at Mitchell Park Domes
27. Try a new place for soup.
28. Become a volunteer
29. Try ethnic foods at one of our local restaurants. 
30. Try ice fishing
31. Do rock climbing at the new Adventure Rock
32. Learn more about Frank Lloyd Wright by touring the homes or visiting Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. 
33. See the Tiffany glass windows at St. John’s church
34. See the inside of the basilica
35. Enjoy paintings and the winter exhibit about steel at MSOE Grohmann museum.
36. Schedule a meal at MATC’s Cuisine restaurant, where you’ll receive gourmet food prepared by students.
37. Skate, jog, or run indoors at the Pettit Ice Center
38. Go swimming
39. Play sports at the open gym sessions at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex
40. Have fish fry or Sunday brunch at Shorewood’s historic Hubbard Park Lodge
41. Take a winter selfie with the Bronze Fonz and enjoy the winter views of the river.
42. Catch an Admirals game when they are in town. 
43. Or a Bucks game. 
44. Go to the top of Kilbourn Reservoir Park to get a great view of Milwaukee. North Ave at Bremen. 
45. Climb the tower at Northpoint lighthouse.
North point Lighthouse after a new snow

46. See the entire valley from the Healing Garden on the roof of St. Luke’s Hospital. 2900 W. Oklahoma.
47. Take a yoga class with OmTown Yogis at the art museum or at with Edie Starrett at Lake Park and get a unique view of the lakefront. 
48. See the Tolkien original manuscripts at Marquette Raynor Library
49. Meet an author at Boswell Book Co.
50. Have tea at the Pfister
51. Learn more about life after WW1 at the Chudnow Museum. 
52. Marvel at the collection of maps and globes in the American Geographical Society Library at UWM.

53. See some impressive art at  Milwaukee Art Museum
54. Paint at Splash Studio
55. Or check out Open Canvas with your kids, friends, soulmate. 
56. Go out for a burger or bloody Mary and have peanuts sent by rocket to your table at AJ Bombers
57. See a live concert, play or other production at one of our theaters. 
58. Visit CafĂ© Sopra Mare for coffee and music at the Villa Terrace. 
59. Introduce your family to the symphony at a family friendly performance. 
60. Sit on a Harley and send your photo to anyone with an e-mail. 
61. See a classic 1940’s film at Charles Allis Museum
62. Play board games at Yo Factory, and of course get the frozen yogurt. 
63. Learn more about Jewish culture at Jewish Museum Milwaukee
64. Walk through American Science & Surplus and get inspired to do something or make something.
65. Go bowling.

66. Be a spy for an hour or two at The Safe House. 
67. Play video games at Dave & Busters
68. Or do gokarts, laser tag and arcade games at Light Speed Rocks
69. See Lynden Sculpture Garden under snow or by lantern.
70. Take a craft class at The Waxwing.
71. Learn chalk painting at Studio Barcelona
72. Watch the Brewcity Bruisers roller derby or sign up for their boot camp. 
73. Write a poem about food, and if you’re a student 3-12, enter the MPM competition
74. See some art at Gallery Night and Day
76. Learn more about the birds who visit Milwaukee in Winter and look for them.

77. Pamper yourself with a pedicure, facial, or haircut at Vici Aveda Beauty School
78. Have a winter seasonal custard flavor at Kopps
79. Learn to curl at Milwaukee Curling Club
80. See some beautiful things at Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts
81. Stroll the aisles at Fischberger’s Variety Store. 
82. Learn about the great lakes at Discovery World.
83. Tour an urban farm, Growing Power
84. Get up early and see a sunrise at the lakefront. You don't even have to leave the warmth of your car if you park at Bradford Beach. Pick up Holey Moley donuts on the way.
85. Meet a friend at Colectivo for a Gospel Brunch or MSO Monday. 
86. Treat yourself to sushi or a fresh squeezed juice at Metro Market in Shorewood. 
87. Get yourself an adult coloring book and gel pens at Barnes & Noble, then get busy. 
88. Taste some coffee in Valentine’s Tasting Room.
89. Sign up for the weekend guide at Miltown Moms so you’ll be ready for action. 
90. Try a brewery Tour
91. Bundle up and swing at the Holton Bridge Swing Park, 1737 N. Water St.
92. Listen to local musicians at Anodyne Coffee
93. Attend a lecture, music event or take a class at UWM’s Peck School of Arts
94. Take a coffee tour, then sit by the fireplace with a warm brew at Stone Creek Coffee. 
95. Join other gamers at Board Game Barrister for some fun. 
96. See a planetarium show or stargaze at Manfred Olson Planetarium.

97. Have an unusual flavor at Purple Door Ice Cream.
98. Get some magic tricks or juggling balls at Art Smart’s and entertain your friends. 
99. Stop in at Northern Chocolate Company (Friday/Saturday only) and bring cash for some of the best molded chocolates you’ll ever taste. 
100. Play ping pong at Evolution

If you're a foodie...and who doesn't like to try desserts?...you'll want to check out this list of 25 most epic desserts and see if you can find something delicious to try.

And if you're ready to take on the entire state of Wisconsin, take a look at this list of 100 Things to do in Wisconsin this winter which includes more places. 


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