Sightseeing in Franklin


$7 for a Distillery Tour and Tasting for Two at Great Lakes Distillery ($14 Value)

Great Lakes Distillery

Great Lakes Distillery

A tour highlights the small-batch production of spirits such as gin, vodka, and whiskey and is followed by a tasting

$14 $7

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Admission for Two or Four or a Family Membership to Jewish Museum Milwaukee (50% Off)

Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Milwaukee

Museum celebrates the history of Jewish people in Wisconsin through rotating engaging exhibits

$12 $6

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Admission or Membership to Charles Allis Art Museum or Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum (Up to 55% Off). Four Options Available.

harles Allis Art Museum and Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

Multiple Locations

Explore 2000 years of history at Charles Allis Art Museum or decorative arts and Renaissance Garden at Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

$60 $30

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Ghost Tours for Two or Haunted Penthouse Stay from Hangman Tours (Up to 56% Off). Four Options Available.

Shaker's Cigar Bar

Milwaukee

Tour a purportedly supernatural bar housed in a former speakeasy and bordello dating back to 1894, or stay in the haunted penthouse

$55 $29

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$55 for Hands-On Sea Lion Splash Program on Animal Training at Oceans of Fun ($100 Value)

Oceans of Fun

Oceans of Fun

During the 2.5-hour program, kids ages 5–10 feed sea lions fresh fish poolside and learn the basics of animal training and conservation

$100 $55

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Fine Wine at Glunz Family Winery & Cellars (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

Glunz Family Winery & Cellars

Grayslake

Variety of wine made in small batches, including table wine, seasonal wine, and fortified wine

$25 $15

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Farmyard and Attractions Experience for Two or Four or Charitable Donation at Lambs Farm (Up to 50% Off)

Lambs Farm

Lambs Farm

Farmyard run by non-profit organization houses a petting zoo with over 50 farm animals to pet and a mini-golf course

$20 $11

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$149 for a Helicopter Flying Lesson and Flight from Bachman Aero ($295 Value)

Bachman Aero

Schaumburg

The 30-minute helicopter flying lesson puts students in control of the craft at 500 feet with instruction from a FAA Certified Pilot

$295 $149

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Admission for Four Adults, or Membership for One Adult or Family at Elgin History Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Elgin History Museum

Eastside Elgin

Two floors of history exhibits reflecting Elgin’s rich past, including a collection of Elgin Watches and Elgin Road Race memorabilia

$12 $8

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Three-Hour Elgin Cemetery Ghost Hunt for Two or Four from Haunted Hometowns (51% Off)

Haunted Hometowns, Corp.

Elgin

Ghost-seekers walk through moon-lit cemeteries in the dead of night during tour as guides relate tales of local specters

$90 $45

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Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center Membership for a Family or Individual (Up to 40% Off)

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Skokie

The museum honors Holocaust victims, telling their stories with artifacts and interactive exhibits that urge visitors to fight intolerance

$40 $25

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Tour of Dawes House/Evanston History Center for 2, 4, or 5–10 People (Up to 45% Off)

Evanston History Center

Evanston History Center

Visit the National Historic Landmark Dawes House, where more than a century of history about the city is preserved in a beautiful chateau

$20 $12

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Annual Membership for an Individual or Family to Great Lakes Aerospace Science & Education Center (40% Off)

Great Lakes Aerospace Science & Education Center

Great Lakes Aerospace Science & Education Center

Explore hands-on exhibits that showcase the history of space exploration, artifacts from NASA, and food in space

$25 $15

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Completed in 1892 as the private home of the Pabst family, Pabst Mansion stands as the last bastion of more than 80 mansions built for Milwaukee’s elite during a booming, bygone era. Since its construction, the estate has housed archbishops, priests, and sisters and was saved from near-demolition during the 1970s. The Flemish-Renaissance-Revival home has since been awarded a place on the National Register of Historic Places for its bounty of architectural intricacies. Today, on-staff docents conduct a range of tours for public groups, private parties, school groups, and well-behaved rugby teams through the fortress of halls, opulent rooms, and verdant grounds, each restored to their original condition. The Pabst Mansion’s impressive art collection includes works from the 1640s through the 1900s by artists such as William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Gaetano Trentanove, and Eugene Joseph Verboeckhoven. The emporium of excess also features Pabst Beer Pavilion, the pavilion built for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and the glass-covered conservatory where tropical plants and beer trees continue to flourish. The mansion gift shop holds classic Pabst drinkware and memorabilia as well as antique photos, books, and former employees' original finger paintings.
2000 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee,
WI
US
German expressionism. American decorative arts. Among the nation's best American art post 1960. The Milwaukee Art Museum is a leading American institution for the work of self-taught artists and holds one of the largest collections of works by Georgia O’Keeffe and other artistic luminaries in four floors of the 341,000-square-foot museum. Encompassing more than 25,000 pieces, the museum's collection ranges from 90 works of Haitian art and 450-plus German expressionist prints to an expansive contemporary art selection that includes pieces by Andy Warhol. Among the more singular holdings in the more than 40 galleries are the earliest surviving American-made chair. Temporary and traveling exhibitions pass through each year, spotlighting everything from Rembrandt to color photography. Upcoming highlights include tattoo art, nineteenth-century portraiture, and, in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the abstract paintings of Wassily Kandinsky. Delve deeper into works on display during lectures and talks, part of a packed events calendar that includes concerts and film screenings. Visitors can also flex their own artistic muscles during programs such as kids' and adult art classes.
700 N Art Museum Dr
Milwaukee,
WI
US
Art Bar, called a "Painter's Paradise" by Urban Milwaukee magazine, isn't your typical watering hole. In its enchanting interior, hundreds of soda bottle caps create an argyle pattern on pillars, wine corks stud an oval-shaped bar, and paint-by-number pieces—depicting everything from horses to the Virgin Mary—plaster a wall. The kitschy aesthetic offers a glimpse into the creative mind of owner Don Krause. Krause left his former career as an interior designer for Ethan Allen to brave the trials of opening a bar in Riverwest. And he did it his way: His joint pours more than 40 microbrews by night and Alterra coffee by day in a space adorned with the rotating creations of local artists. The beer lineup includes seasonal brews from Bell’s, Founders, Lakefront, and New Glarus, as well as “mystery beers” served for three bucks cloaked in a crumpled brown bag—the way Wisconsin dignitaries drink. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel describes the venue as “a feast for all senses” and “one of the hottest spots in Riverwest,” thanks in part to its comedy, musical, or artistic events.
722 E Burleigh St
Milwaukee,
WI
US
It's rare for museums to have cozy dining rooms, but the Charles Allis Art Museum wasn't always a museum. Earlier in the 20th century, it was businessman and arts patron Charles Allis's Tudor-style mansion. Allis bequeathed it to the public along with his massive art collection, though, and nowadays, visitors can stop by to see pieces that span 2,000 years. Some highlights? Works by Winslow Homer, Classic antiquities, a large collection of Asian ceramics, plus rotating exhibits by local Wisconsin artists. The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum nestles in a historic mansion, too, albeit a different one. This one was built in the likeness of an Italian Renaissance villa in 1923, by architect David Adler. Its art spans a smaller period, from the 15th century through to the 18th. Visitors can browse wrought-iron work by Cyril Colnik, and explore a formal, outdoor Renaissance garden.
1801 N Prospect Ave
Milwaukee,
WI
US
Bumper, Slick, Makaia, and Diego may sound like a team of superheroes, but at Oceans of Fun, they are the names of just 4 of the 12 sea lions and seals that inhabit the center's waters. Nestled in the Milwaukee County Zoo, the educational center focuses specifically on marine animals, educating visitors on their traits, their favorite places to play, and conservation strategies. Kids can feed the seals and sea lions buckets of fresh fish or build their animal-training repertoire during interactive programs; the animals also perform in shows four times daily throughout most of the year.
10001 W Bluemound Rd.
Milwaukee,
WI
US
Designed for kids 10 and under, these exhibits encourage learning through creative, open-ended play. In kid-sized, real-world settings, kids take on grown-up roles, such as the mechanic in an auto shop, a newscaster in a TV studio, and a customer in a grocery shop.
929 East Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee,
WI
US
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