While most casinos in Wisconsin find themselves in either rural areas or smaller towns, it’s not the case with Potawatomi Hotel and Casino. This fine casino venue, arguably the biggest and best in Wisconsin, finds itself in the heart of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
You won’t find any odds and ends or one-off attractions here. Instead, you’re getting the real deal, with larger-than-life museums, a Major League Baseball Park, and so much more.
So if you’re heading to the casino, be sure to make a few pit stops at the following 10 dynamic vacation destinations in Milwaukee. But don’t sell yourself short. Today’s list features just a few fun things to do in the town.
Use today’s list as a starting point. But remember, this city boasts an attraction at every turn. Let’s look at a few of the favorites.
1 – Harley Davidson Museum
Calling all Harley Davidson fans. If you’re one, or if you’re looking to gain some insight on the world-renowned motorcycle brand, look no further than the Harley Davidson Museum. You’ll find plenty of fun exhibits at every corner here. And odds are, if you’ve entered for curiosity, you’ll turn into a fan real fast.
On 20 acres, you’ll have access to free parking, Cafe Racer, Motor Bar and Restaurant, the Shop, an outdoor park, guided tours, and even special event rentals.
2 – Milwaukee Art Museum
From wild and free to perhaps one of the finest vacation destinations on today’s list, the Milwaukee Art Museum will prove to be another worthy spot to frequent during your time at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino.
The museum features over 20,000 excellent artworks from some of the most well-known names to have ever come from the area. Artists like Pablo Picasso, George O’Keeffe, and Andy Warhol are just a few of many artists to have their work displayed here at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Also, if you’re a fan of architecture, you must see this building, even if you have zero interest of the artworks that lay within. I know little about architecture, but even I’ll admit I totally lost my breath after glimpsing this magnificent structure.
If it’s not one of a kind, it’s a rare commodity.
3 – American Family Field
Up for MLB action? Head over to the family-friendly atmosphere encompassing American Family Field and catch the Milwaukee Brewers take on their next opponent. Even if you’re not a big fan of the Brewers, a trip to this dynamic vacation destination will guarantee you a few thrills.
In fact, you don’t even need to be a fan of baseball itself these days to enjoy an MLB contest. Perhaps no other sports league in North America can boast such fine architecture in their venues, with the classic look every one of your newer MLB stadiums can boast these days.
You’re getting fine entertainment whether you’re here for the Brewers, the love of baseball, or if you’d just like to immerse yourself in the stadium’s architectural features. And of course, some of you may do the tour of all 30 MLB parks. And American Family Stadium is among the best.
4 – Lakefront Brewery
Come see why Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is famous for its brews. The Lakefront Brewery epitomizes the culture and has served the area since 1987. Today, the brewery ships out over 46,000 barrels of beer per year to 35 states and even a handful of countries.
Oh, and they use only homegrown ingredients from the state of Wisconsin in all their beers. They attract tourists from all across America, too, considering their entertaining guided tours. So, if you’re interested in touring this dynamic brewery, book a seat and take a ride.
Odds are, you’ll have as much fun here as you would at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino.
5 – Milwaukee County Zoo
You’re getting a phenomenal, up-close look at wildlife in action here at Milwaukee County Zoo. You’re looking at a fantastic array of animals across 200 acres of woodlands.
Whether you’re into birds, reptiles, marine life, or mammals, they’re all nestled into well-maintained exhibits.
As with many zoos, you’re getting a phenomenal, family-friendly environment here. It’s a great attraction to take your kids or any younger patron in your travel group.
6 – Milwaukee Public Museum
Are you a local history buff? You’ll love the thrills you’ll find here at Milwaukee Public Museum. In fact, per their TripAdvisor overview, they feature over 4.5 million artifacts along with a phenomenal array of interactive exhibits.
They’re also routinely considered one of the best natural history museums in America, and they feature just about everything. From dinosaur exhibits to a walk down a reconstructed version of the “Streets of Old Milwaukee,” and everything in between.
Regardless of your interest, you will find it at the Milwaukee Public Museum.
7 – Milwaukee Public Market
Perhaps the nationally acclaimed Milwaukee Public Market serves as the area’s finest attraction. Next to Potawatomi Hotel and Casino, of course. The public market draws tourists from all across America, and it features hundreds of booths dedicated to food, arts, crafts, toys, and so much more.
If you’re looking for a unique place to spend your winnings (if you’re lucky enough to snag some) at Potawatomi, a trip to the Milwaukee Public Market should grace your agenda. Just name the fancy item or local fare you’re craving, and odds are the public market has it.
It’s a location that you will fall in love with the moment you cross the threshold. And yes, paradise awaits.
8 – Pabst Mansion
The Pabst Mansion features a 37-room, 12-bathroom, and 14-fireplace venue that served as the home of famed Seacaptain and Beer Baron Captain Frederick Pabst. Comprising Flemish Renaissance architecture along Milwaukee’s Grand Historic Avenue, it’s the place to be if you’re an architecture enthusiast.
Nothing quite beats this history and architecture tour, and it’s one of Milwaukee’s top attractions, having received both the Traveler’s Choice Award in 2020 and 1,031 reviews.
9 – Historic Third Ward
Also, if you’re into history and architecture, you must take a trip to Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. This classic neighborhood has also served as a grand point of interest in the area and, like Pabst Mansion, serves as a major tourist attraction.
Here, you’ll find several outstanding attractions within an attraction. Best yet, most remain locally owned. From spas to restaurants, shopping centers, theaters, galleries, and boutiques within a warehouse setting, you have a plethora of vacation destinations just waiting to be explored.
Best yet, the neighborhood serves as the home to the Milwaukee Public Market, the Third Ward Riverwalk, and Summerfest, which serves as the world’s largest music festival.
10 – Basilica of St. Josaphat
If you have a love of architecture, the Basilica of St. Josaphat is yet another fine structure calling your name. Besides admiring the classic architecture, you can also enter through the visitor center and embark on a guided tour.
The 250-foot-high copper dome serves as perhaps the attraction’s primary draw. It symbolizes the diverse neighborhood that the Basilica serves here in 2021 and beyond.
Apart from guided tours, the Basilica hosts a plethora of community events, including entertaining musical performances unlike anything else you will see in the area.
If there’s one attraction in the area that you need to drop everything you’re doing to attend and admire, it’s the Basilica of St. Josaphat. Odds are, you’ll have fun at the casino. But the odds are ever in your favor at the stunning displays you will discover in arguably Milwaukee’s most historic building.
Our Final Thoughts on Visiting the Milwaukee Area
Potawatomi Hotel and Casino is perhaps Wisconsin’s finest casino outlet. And if it’s not the best, it’s definitely up there. Take it as a bonus that this magnificent casino is located right in the middle of a beautiful city like Milwaukee, where you will find an attraction at every turn.
Yes, today’s post has given you 10 dynamic vacation destinations near the casino. But it’s nowhere near complete. You could write a book regarding all of Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s attractions, with the casino included. However, today’s list will at least give you a solid starting point.
Have you played at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino? If so, did you venture out and visit any of the above attractions? Also, did you visit an attraction not listed in today’s post? Tell us what you got into during your time in the city in the comments section.