Things To Do In Milwaukee

54% Off Scavenger Dash

Trinity

$127.59 $59

Teams of two traverse the streets of Milwaukee as they find clues, collect items, take pictures, and complete challenges

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

51% Off Cooking Classes at Superior Culinary School

Milwaukee

$59 $29

Learn cooking techniques from professional chefs in hands-on class or take a tour of Milwaukee's cultural and culinary gems

Half Off Racing Experiences

Milwaukee Mile

$129 $64

Professional drivers sate passengers' need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

56% Off Saint Patty’s Pub Crawl

3rd Ward

$22.75 $10

Celebrate Saint Patty’s Day by exploring different bars; portion of proceeds go to a local charity

50% Off Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride

Milwaukee

$300 $149

Horse-drawn wagons ferry up to 12 passengers past downtown Milwaukee sites on a tour to the lakefront

70% Off Fitness Classes

Brookfield

$120 $36

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 50% Off Badfinger Concert

Turner Hall Ballroom

$49.78 $25

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Power-pop group from Apple Records reprises hits such as "Come and Get It" and "Baby Blue"; Liverpudlian band plays workmanlike rock

Up to 87% Off at Ellipse Fitness

Historic Third Ward

$150 $19

Instructors combine strength and cardio drills into 45-minute classes that incorporate kickboxing jabs, free weights, and resistance bands

Up to 43% Off American Fare at Horny Goat Hideaway

Bay View

$100 $60

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Five-course meal paired with American craft beer

Up to 86% Off Outdoor Boot-Camp Classes at Monkey Bar Gym

Monkey Bar Gym Milwaukee

$225 $35

Certified trainers lead small-group boot camps with hands-on instruction

Half Off High-Speed Ferrari or Lamborghini Drive

Miller Park

$249 $125

A closed-course drive in an exotic car with a 500 hp. engine is captured on film

Up to 44% Off Tours of Pabst Mansion

Avenues West

$18 $11

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Flemish Revival mansion showcases historic past of Pabst Brewing Company, rare 19th-century art, and original furnished halls

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Up to 55% Off Lighthouse Visit or Membership

Northpoint

$10 $5

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Recently restored historic lighthouse showcases artifacts, history, and high climbs

Up to 60% Off Classes at Core Essence Yoga

Lower East Side

$75 $30

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Yoga classes for students of all levels focus on flowing poses, sustained stretches, or stress-melting meditation

Up to 71% Off Personal Training

Concept 10 10

$199 $59

Personal trainers lead you through resistance exercises scientifically calibrated to build muscle quickly

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Milwaukee

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Up to 55% Off Personal Training at Drench Fitness Boutique

Drench Fitness

$70 $35

Trainers develop custom personal-training sessions to help exercisers achieve their fitness goals

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The 14,000-year-old Hebior mammoth stands sentinel past the entrance to the Milwaukee Public Museum, serving as a massive reminder to all who enter that they are traveling back in time. Originally founded in 1882, the museum has spent more than a century collecting artifacts and fossils from around the world to portray the vast reaches of natural and human history throughout 150,000 square feet of exhibit space spread over three and a half floors.

Representing the recent past, The Streets of Old Milwaukee's turn-of-the-century gas-lit lanes and the European Village place visitors up close to replicas of more than 58 structures, including an old-fashioned barbershop and a fully furnished Scottish dwelling. Traveling further back to the Cretaceous period in the Third Planet exhibit, a life-size replica of a tyrannosaurus greets visitors with its tiny arms and impeccable manners. Visitors can also explore treasures from Africa, Asia, and the Arctic, or stroll through the butterfly wing to witness free-flying exotic and native species.

Adjacent to the museum, the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium and IMAX theater display astronomical wonders with a Digistar 3 computer-projection system. The Skies Over Milwaukee show lights up the ceiling with the current night sky for a tour of the planets and constellations. In the same theater, IMAX films transport audience members to the top of Everest or to the bottom of the ocean with a six-story screen, wraparound digital sound, and the distilled imaginations of 5-year-olds.

800 W Wells St
Milwaukee,
WI
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Inspired by the popular television show and designed by the creators of The Great Milwaukee Race, The Amazing Milwaukee Race on Bikes sends teams of two pedaling across the city to complete activities, solve puzzles, and pass checkpoints. Along 20- and 40-mile courses crisscrossed through streets, bike lanes, and trails, competitors blur past businesses and landmarks on a sequential scavenger hunt that tests physical endurance, mental foresight, and each team's ability to communicate via bicycle horn. Clues scattered throughout the route offer guidance, but can only be earned after participants unscramble words or unravel answers to challenges. When certain clues prove to be particularly troubling, race organizers encourage teams to use surrounding resources—local passersby, telephones, or the internet—to their advantage. Although the race prohibits certain forms of transit, including private cars and quantum jumping, teams can consistently keep moving on bike, foot, or public transportation.

1914 N. Prospect Ave. #2
Milwaukee,
WI
US

Though its staffed by a crew of student volunteers from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Sailing Club at UWM has spent decades helping both the student body and community enjoy all aspects of sailing. Every year, from the end of April through late October, the group navigates Lake Michigan's waters aboard a fleet of sailboats that all either meet or surpass Coast Guard safety regulations. There are cruise boats designed for mild meandering, as well as sturdy Ynglings and Solings equipped with heavy fixed keels reinforced to maintain stability in turbulent weather or emotional break-ups. In addition to simple trips on the lake, members of the club can learn hands-on techniques from experienced sailors and participate in activities such as races, bonfires, and weekend cookouts.

PO Box 413, Union Box 84 (2200 E Kenwood Blvd)
Milwaukee,
WI
US

Visiting Airsoft Jungle Club is like being swallowed whole by an arcade game. Scenario-driven bouts start in the staging area, where teams or lone players gear up and plan strategies. At the referee's command, players move into the indoor field, which hosts CQBs, or close-quarters battles. Airsoft BBs zoom across different rooms, down hallways, through windows, and over open spaces.

The competition stays fast and intense, but thanks to a strict set of rules, it also remains safe. The refs check that every airsoft gun—whether rented or brought from home—fires at a safe speed. They also enforce a "Bang Rule," which calls for players within a certain distance to simply say "Bang!" instead of firing the BBs. This concern for Airsoft Jungle Club's players also extends to the community at large. Once a year, the club donates its surplus funds to charity.

1236 West Pierce Street
Milwaukee,
WI
US

Not all runners are morning people, eagerly warming up before the latest crack-of-dawn race event. Luckily, the night owls have their own outlet: The Glo Run. The fluorescent 5K unleashes its participants into the dwindling light of the evening armed with glow sticks, glow-in-the dark bracelets, and light-up sunglasses. This illuminating paraphernalia helps them navigate the shadowy corners of the course, which features thumping music, lighting effects, and squirrels equipped with laser-beam eyes. At the finish line, runners and walkers can relish another staple of nighttime parties, dancing the evening away to rollicking tunes spun by a live DJ.

4533 North Oakland Avenue
Milwaukee,
WI
US

The perception of pole dancing is changing. When Maureen Metzger and her business partner DJ Hamilton started Blush Pole Fitness & Dance six years ago, Maureen says, "people thought [the instructors] were strippers." Since then, she's seen attitudes adjust as pole dancing went from taboo to a possible Olympic sport. Maureen equates pole dancing with aerial arts, on par with performances seen in shows such as Cirque du Soleil. She leads a series of classes and workshops that focus on upper-body and core strength or hone in sensual spins and dances. "You can be sexy and sensual," Maureen says, "and it doesn’t have to be tasteless . . . I watch Dancing with the Stars, and I think that is way more sexual than anything we do."

Occasionally, she still has to spend some time fighting inaccurate stereotypes, including an episode in early 2012 that involved inviting Jim Stingl of the Journal Sentinel to studio for a fact-finding mission. But mostly, Maureen and DJ concern themselves with empowering women to be "strong physically and emotionally." There comes a time, she says, when "you stop feeling sexy, you age, you gain weight, you get so busy with other parts of your life. . . I think we lose [that] and [pole dancing] reminds us to be women." She credits pole dancing as a vital ally in boosting her self-esteem during a double mastectomy in her battle against breast cancer.

And though Maureen is the first to tout the power of pole dancing, she is also one of the first to undercut some of its weightier connotations, much like a doctor who uses a stethoscope that squeaks. "[We're] totally willing to laugh at ourselves," she says. "Nobody is taking this too seriously." The lighter mood, in particular, helps welcome shy students, who Maureen and DJ witness transform into "strong, confident, sexy, and feminine [women]."

7701 West Greenfield Avenue
West Allis,
WI
US

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