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Southwest Employees Share Their Favorite ‘Hidden Gems’ Spots in the Milwaukee, WI Area


Southwest now serves 100 destinations across the U.S. and 10 additional countries, so if you’re looking to get away, there are always places to go and experiences to be had! Nobody knows a city and its hidden gems better than the Employees who live and work there. Check out a few of our Employees' favorite places in the Milwaukee area and share your hidden gems in our comment section below!


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Milwaukee Art Museum, Lake Michigan, Miller Park, Harley Davidson Museum, Veteran's Park, Wisconsin Dells, Summer Fest, Wisconsin State Fair, Basilica of St. Josaphat, Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, Milwaukee Public Museum, Pabst Mansion, Great Lakes Distiller, Historic Third Ward, Milwaukee Public Market


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Museums, Drives, and Strolls… Oh, My!

“Art, history and science museums are located around the World, but there is only one Harley-Davidson Museum. The museum has over 450 motorcycles and a courtyard that overlooks the river. Another unique museum in the area is the Milwaukee Art Museum where visitors can view 30,000 different works of art. With its permanent collections and rotating exhibits, there is always something new to see.


For a beautiful, scenic drive in the historic area of Milwaukee, drive along Harbor Drive just west of Summerfest grounds as far south as you can go and then head east past the lighthouse. From there, I recommend driving around the Marcus Amphitheater and parking and walking along the island east of the Summerfest Grounds. You can also access the island near the Discovery World Science and Technology Museum on the shore of Lake Michigan.


I also recommend strolling through the lobby of the Pfister Hotel and visiting the Federal Courthouse across the street.”


—MKE Customer Service Agent Traci Bradshaw


Spend some time strolling around Milwaukee to see some of the best views of Lake Michigan.Spend some time strolling around Milwaukee to see some of the best views of Lake Michigan.

Milwaukee Traditions

“There are countless restaurants to dine at around Milwaukee. Ma Fisher’s is a great place to eat at any hour on the east side of the city! If you’re looking for a more unique experience with a side of intrigue, try the SafeHouse. The SafeHouse is a thrilling spy-themed restaurant, bar, and nightclub and a must-do Milwaukee tradition! It’s a popular speakeasy that requires a password to get in.  Also, rent a bike and ride along the lake front or rent a kayak and float on the water. Tours of Miller Park, the Milwaukee Public Market, and the Lake Front Brewery are also a few of my favorites in the area.”


—MKE Customer Service Supervisor Jessica Roskopf


A Romantic, Italian, Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurant

Located only 10 minutes from Downtown Milwaukee, The Pasta Tree is an Italian restaurant with a romantic atmosphere. The owner, Suzette is also the head chef and passionate about her restaurant. All sauces, pasta, and bread are made fresh daily right in the restaurant’s small kitchen, which has an open view as you pass from one quaint dining room to the next.


—MKE Station Admin Ann Greco


Day Trips, Bars, and Stadiums

Downtown is the place to visit in Milwaukee. A lot of bars are around Water Street—Pourman's is a favorite of mine. Bugsy's Back Alley Speakeasy is also a really cool roaring 20s style place with swing dancing and fun happy hours. If you’re a sports fanatic, make sure to check out both Miller Park (Home of the Brewers) and Bradley Stadium where the Milaukee Bucks play! And lastly, if you’re looking for family friendly fun, check out the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, fly kites at Veteran’s Park by the lake, or drive to the Wisconsin Dells and spend the day at a water park!


—Visual Communications Specialist and Native Milwaukeean Dennis McMurray