Milwaukee, being the largest city in Wisconsin, is packed full of ritzy restaurants, posh shops, and tourist attractions. What makes it stand out are the hidden gems and landmarks of eras past and its lesser-known local favorites. Here are five lesser known, must-see hidden gems for you to track down and appreciate during your next Milwaukee visit.
North Point Lighthouse
Standing in the beautiful Lake Park is the majestic North Point Lighthouse. The quiet surroundings and beautifully manicured grounds make it feel as though you have stepped back in time. Originally built in 1855 and rebuilt in 1886, North Point is a true landmark of Wisconsin history. Through heavy restoration efforts, tours are offered at the lighthouse where you are able to climb up to the light tower and get an amazing 360-degree view of the city. You can also opt to take a lunch tour where food will be provided for you.
Hubbard Park and Hubbard Park Lodge are the ideal places to get away, enjoy some beautiful outdoor time, and cozy up for a delectable Sunday brunch. The locals enjoy the many walking trails and abundant fly-fishing opportunities as well. The Hubbard Park Lodge is also home to an Old World Beer Garden, providing a perfect opportunity for you to combine your relaxing day with samplings of some of the great local beers. If you are in the mood to get away from the big city, this hidden treasure is right up your alley.
Lovely day for a Guinness at Paddy’s Irish Pub. Boasting the title of Milwaukee’s finest, Paddy’s offers multiple rooms for private events, tantalizing authentic Irish grub, and live Irish-style music on the top floor every Thursday night. The interior is gorgeously decorated with dark wood and stained glass while the outside courtyard is something out of a fairy tale with its mossy stones, fountains, and trees. Do not miss out on the opportunity to hear some live music and enjoy an enriching atmosphere.
The Pabst Mansion, while home to the famous Pabst family who founded Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, is a historical landmark that people more often stumble upon that make a destination out of. Beer fans and non-beer fans alike will marvel at the stunning architecture and the priceless art will make you swoon in this restored 1892 home. The gift shop is overflowing with unique and popular Pabst clothing, gifts, and drinkware. Make some time during your stay and enjoy this historical treasure that housed one of the most successful families in the state.
St. Joan of Arc Chapel
Located in the heart of Marquette University, the St. Joan of Arc Chapel is a haven of prayer and reflection for her students, faculty, and visitors alike. The chapel itself dates bake to 15th century France where it fell into disrepair and was not discovered again until the early 20th century. It was then dismantled and shipped to Long Island where it changed hands a few more times before being fully erected at Marquette in 1966. The curious history along with the stunning Gothic-style craftsmanship make this chapel a must see.
Taking the road less traveled and uncovering some of the hidden gems and best-kept treasures of Milwaukee is a highly recommended way to explore this beautiful city. You are bound to find even more gems on your endeavors as you travel around, taking in the history and scenery. Challenge yourself to complete this list and to take it further and add some of your own unearthed treasures as you go. Milwaukee awaits!