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BMO HARRIS BANK’S HOLIDAY DISPLAY, lobby of the BMO Harris Bank, 770 N. Water St. Open Mon., Dec. 1 through Mon., Jan. 5. Hours are Mon. through Fri. from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. On weekends, Christmas Day and New Year's Day, the display will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special Note: The lobby will be closed after 1 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 13, and Wed., Dec. 24; and after 5 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 10 and Mon., Jan 5. For each visitor to the display, BMO Harris Bank will donate $5 to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.

RED ARROW PARK ICE SKATING, 920 N. Water St. north of Milwaukee City Hall. Opens beginning of December, weather permitting.

BEST PLACE at the historic Pabst Brewery, 901 W. Juneau Ave. 630-1609. Experience Milwaukee brewing history. Historic tours, gift shop and tavern open separate hours. www.bestplacemilwaukee,com

BETTY BRINN CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, 929 E. Wisconsin Ave. 2nd Floor. 390-KIDS. Milwaukee’s only area museum designed for children ages 1-10. Interactive exhibits provide hands-on learning for kids to “Play their way Smart!”

BOERNER BOTANICAL GARDENS/WHITNALL PARK, 9400 Boerner Dr., Hales Corners. 525-5600. Fifty-two acres of formal gardens surround the expansive Education and Visitor Center. Call for hours.

BRONZE FONZ, just south of W. Wells St. on Milwaukee’s RiverWalk (east bank), is a statue of Arthur (The Fonz) Fonzarelli, the charismatic role played by actor Henry Winkler in the long-running “Happy Days” television series set in Milwaukee. Great spot for a picture.

CAPTAIN FREDERICK PABST MANSION, 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave. 931-0808. This Flemish Renaissance home of Captain Frederick Pabst, built in 1893, features unique Victorian craftsmanship and design.

HOLIDAY SEASON PASS: Visitors may choose the $15 Holiday Season Pass to the Pabst Mansion, Charles Allis Art Museum, and Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum. The pass may be used through Jan. 4.

CHARLES ALLIS ART MUSEUM, 1801 N. Prospect Ave. 278-8295. Elegant 1911 Tudor-style mansion museum with period rooms, original furnishings and worldwide art collection.

DELTA CENTER, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave. 400 W. Wisconsin Ave. 908-6001. Milwaukee’s modern convention center is operated by the Wisconsin Center District. The district also operates The Milwaukee Theatre at 500 W. Kilbourn Ave. and the U.S. Cellular Arena at 400 W. Kilbourn Ave.

DISCOVERY WORLD, 500 N. Harbor Dr. 765-9966. Discovery World Museum offers unique interactive science attractions sponsored by some of Milwaukee's leading corporations, freshwater and saltwater aquariums and a virtual-reality chamber with 30 simulated environments. Home port of Great Lakes schooner replica Denis Sullivan.

GREAT LAKES DISTILLERY, 616 W. Virginia St. 431-8683. Wisconsin’s first distillery to be opened after Prohibition offers tours and a chance to buy and sample in the Tasting Room. Products include gin, brandy, vodka, whiskey, absinthe and specialty distilled spirits.

GROHMANN MUSEUM at Milwaukee School of Engineering, 1000 N. Broadway. 277-7501. Home of the world’s most comprehensive art collection dedicated to the evolution of human work.

HARLEY-DAVIDSON MUSEUM, 400 W. Canal St. 877-436-8738. Whether visitors were born to be wild – or mild – makes no difference at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. More than a nostalgia trip for motorcycle enthusiasts, the museum offers a glimpse of American history and culture like as never seen before – through the successes and trials of an iconic American company.

HOLY HILL near Hartford, northwest of Milwaukee, is the highest point in Southeastern Wisconsin and includes the Basilica of Holy Hill.

IRISH CULTURAL AND HERITAGE CENTER OF WISCONSIN, 2133 W. Wisconsin Ave. 345-8800. Located in the landmark Grand Avenue Congregational Church building, the center hosts cultural programs, concerts and dances and is a center for genealogical research.

LAKESHORE STATE PARK, 273-1173. 17-acre park located on Lake Michigan adjacent to Summerfest and Discovery World.

LIGHT STATION MUSEUM, 262-284-7240, 262-268-9734. 1860 lighthouse in Port Washington, 20 minutes north of Milwaukee. Tour lightkeeper’s quarters, maritime museum and climb tower. Open mid-May through mid-October.

LUXEMBOURG AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER, 262-476-5086. Located in Belgium, Wis., 40 minutes north of Milwaukee. Genealogical records, gift shop. I-43N at Exit 107, left to County LL and right to center.

LYNDEN SCULPTURE GARDEN, 2145 W. Brown Deer Rd. 446-8794. A unique experience of art in nature through a collection of more than 50 monumental sculptures.

MARCUS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, 929 N. Water St. 273- 7121. Home of the Milwaukee Symphony, Milwaukee Ballet, Florentine Opera Company, First Stage Children’s Theater.

MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM, 700 N. Art Museum Dr. 224-3200. This world-class art museum is now the symbol of the city, with the internationally acclaimed Santiago Calatrava-designed Quadracci Pavilion, Burke Brise Soleil and the Cudahy Gardens.

zooMILWAUKEE COUNTY ZOO, 10001 W. Bluemound Rd. 771-3040. Just 10 minutes from downtown, the Milwaukee County Zoo is home to 2,500 rare and wild animals. The animals roam in natural exhibits on 194 acres. 365 days a year.


MILWAUKEE PUBLIC MARKET, 400 N. Water St. in the Historic Third Ward. 336-1111. Milwaukee’s ethnic diversity is reflected in fresh fish, cheese, wine, baked goods, coffee, confections and spices. Some vendors open early on weekdays or have late closing hours.

MILWAUKEE PUBLIC MUSEUM AND The Daniel M. Soref National Geographic Dome Theater & Planetarium, corner of 7th and Wells Sts. 278-2728.The Milwaukee Public Museum boasts award-winning, walk-through exhibits and lifelike dioramas. MPM's Dome Theater and Planetarium offers visitors two unique visual experiences in one space. Enjoy crystal clear images on a six-story-tall screen and wraparound digital surround sound.

MILWAUKEE RIVERWALK, six blocks on both sides of the river from Highland Avenue to the Historic Third Ward. Life-sized statue of actor Henry Winkler as “Fonzie” from the “Happy Days” television show on the east side of the Riverwalk, just south of Wells Street.

MITCHELL GALLERY OF FLIGHT, main concourse of Mitchell International Airport. Traces role Milwaukee played in the history of civilian and military air travel.

MITCHELL PARK CONSERVATORY, THE DOMES, 524 S. Layton Blvd. 257-5611. One of a kind horticultural facility, featuring arid, rain forest and show domes.

NORTH POINT LIGHTHOUSE in Milwaukee's Lake Park. 332-6754. A dramatic and historic 74-foot, 1888 lighthouse.

PABST THEATER, 144 E. Wells Street. Ph. 286-3665. This National Landmark Theater, built in 1895 by Milwaukee brewing magnate Captain Frederick Pabst, was the first all-electric theater in the country. The Pabst hosts over 200 performances a year featuring the world’s great artists.

POTAWATOMI BINGO CASINO, 1721 W. Canal St. Located minutes from Milwaukee’s downtown, two-story entertainment complex offers high-stakes bingo; blackjack, craps and roulette table games and video and reel slot machines. 500-seat cabaret-style theater. Buffet, sports bar and fine dining restaurants. A new hotel is under construction and scheduled to open in 2014. Open 24 hours a day.

ST. JOSAPHAT BASILICA, 601 W. Lincoln Ave. 645-5623. One of 16 basilicas in the U.S. features one of the five largest domes in the world.

SCHLITZ AUDUBON CENTER, 1111 E. Brown Deer Rd. 352-2880. 185-acre nature center open year round. In suburban Bayside, this 225-acre nature center is open year round and includes walks along Lake Michigan shoreline.

SKY KNIGHTS SPORT PARACHUTE CLUB, East Troy, Wis., 30 minutes southwest of Milwaukee off I-43. 262-642-9494.Tandem skydives and the popular Accelerated Freefall Program available. Jump year-round as weather permits.

TEN CHIMNEYS, Genesee Depot (exit I-94 at Hwy. 83 south, 30 minutes west of Milwaukee. 262-968-4110. Estate tours of the home of Broadway greats Alfred Lunt & Lynne Fontanne, a National Historic Landmark. Tour season for 2013 is May 7-Dec. 1. Call for reservations.

VILLA TERRACE DECORATIVE ARTS MUSEUM, 2220 N. Terrace Ave. 271-3656. Renaissance-style villa with formal gardens overlooks Lake Michigan.

WAUKESHA COUNTY MUSEUM, 101 W. Main St., Waukesha. 262-521-2859. Historical exhibits, including permanent Wizard of Waukesha exhibit with one-of-a-kind artifacts and displays that tell the story of Waukesha native Les Paul and how he changed the music world. and

WISCONSIN MARITIME MUSEUM, 75 Maritime Dr., Manitowoc, Wis., 79 miles north of Milwaukee. 920-684-0218. Tour a fully restored WWII submarine moored at the museum, a Smithsonian affiliate and the largest maritime museum on the Great Lakes. Open every day.




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