Milwaukee off the beaten path
There’s more to Milwaukee than baseball.
While Milwaukee might be known for baseball, there’s plenty to do other than watch America’s favorite past time. Once you hop off your Greyhound bus, head down to the Riverwalk for some amazing activities.
1The Bronze Fonz
Ayyyyyyyyyyyyy!When you think of Milwaukee, you just might think of the TV classic “Happy Days” and its famous leather jacket-wearing star Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli.
In 2008 the city’s visitor’s bureau raised more than $85,000 to create the Bronze Fonz which depicts Henry Winkler who played "The Fonz" from 1974 to 1984 on this TV classic. The public art work by artist Gerald P. Sawyer is located on the Milwaukee Riverwalk just south of Wells Street in downtown. With two thumbs up and a smile always on his face, the Bronze Fonz is ready for guests to stop by and snap a photo while in town.Address:
100 E Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
2American Geographical Society Library
The best collections of maps, globes and atlases anywhere in the United States.
As soon as you enter the American Geographical Society Library, one of the first things you’ll notice is the striking amount of globes the library has on display. Containing hundreds of globes that date back as far as 1613 this library represents decades of American history.
In the “rare room” where they house all of the "important" items, you’ll find Charles Lindbergh’s hand-drawn navigation map from his record flight in 1927. The map of the world has a single arched line stretching over the Atlantic with the words “used in laying out great circle course for New York to Paris flight” inscribed and is initialed with C.A.L. With more than 500,000 maps, 200 globes and 12,000 atlases to look at, a trip to the AGS Library will certainly keep you busy.Address:
2220 E Hartford Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211
3Safe House Restaurant
Hidden in an average Milwaukee alley, you’ll see a sign for “International Exports Ltd.” Walk through the door and you’ll find yourself at a second door, and depending on the day and time you arrive, you might be asked for the password to enter the Safe House Restaurant.
Get your cameras ready, because to get through the door without the password you’ll be asked to perform a silly dance, which will allow you inside this secret restaurant and club. Once you step inside the Milwaukee staple you’ll be ready for a spy-themed evening, which just might include a magic show or poker tournament. While you’re enjoying dinner, don’t forget to look in all the nooks and crannies while you’re there – you never know what you might find.Address:
779 N Front St, Milwaukee, WI 53202