Destination guide

Milwaukee brings the excitement of city life to the lake

Home of the famous Summerfest musical festival, Milwaukee is a bustling Midwestern city right on the edge of Lake Michigan. Families staying at Milwaukee vacation rentals can look forward to exploring the city’s numerous museums and cultural attractions. Beer lovers will celebrate the many breweries that call Milwaukee home. For those looking to hit the beach, the shores of the Great Lakes are the perfect place to build a sandcastle, read a book, or catch a glimpse of the native wildlife.

Things to do

Kids and adults can play in Milwaukee

Milwaukee boasts 17 museums within the city limits, which means there’s no shortage of fun and learning for the whole family. Visit the Milwaukee County Zoo to make some new furry friends or stop by the Milwaukee Art Museum, where kids can create their own artwork. Little ones will also love the Betty Bird Children’s Museum and Discovery World, a huge museum complex that focuses on science, technology, and water. If you’re looking for Milwaukee attractions for adults, take a tour of some of Milwaukee’s historic breweries, and discover why people call this Wisconsin metropolis ‘the city that built beer.’

Activities

Experience Lake Michigan and music in Milwaukee

Milwaukee sits on the shore of Lake Michigan, a Great Lake so big that travelers might just mistake it for an ocean. If you’re here in the summer, take advantage of the view with waterfront dining or a daytime cruise. For outdoor Milwaukee activities for families, head just outside of town to the clean, family-friendly shores of Bradford Beach. To catch a bit of entertainment while staying at your Milwaukee vacation rental, check out any of the city’s 25 theaters. Milwaukee also hosts the popular musical festival Summerfest along the lakeshore each year.

Weather

Join the summer fun in Milwaukee

Peak season for Milwaukee vacation rentals is in the summer. Milwaukee experiences four seasons with winter temperatures averaging in the 20s. In the spring and fall, temperatures can sometimes vary quite a bit from day to day. The summer is quite pleasant, with temperatures averaging in the 70s. To participate in all the outdoor activities the city has to offer, the earliest time to arrive is late spring. Milwaukee weather in May tends to be pleasant with highs in the 60s.

Natural features

Milwaukee’s lake environment

The waters of the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnikinic Rivers flow in Milwaukee Harbor before all pour into Lake Michigan. Lake Michigan is 1 of the 5 Great Lakes, which all formed from retreating glaciers. The world’s largest freshwater system, the Great Lakes are something of a natural wonder. Milwaukee and Lake Michigan are home to a unique array of northern wildlife. In the winter, travelers may just spot a bald eagle soaring above the trees. Those interested in bird watching should hit the trails of the Milwaukee Audubon Nature Center to see an impressive number of species and hear the melodious song of the warbler.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Milwaukee

Fly into Milwaukee, WI (MKE-General Mitchell Intl.), the closest airport, located 6.3 mi (10.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Waukesha, WI (UES-Waukesha County), which is 16.8 mi (27 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, make your way to Milwaukee Intermodal Station or Milwaukee Airport Station and explore the city from there.

Can I find a vacation rental around Milw?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 278 vacation rentals near Milw. From 116 Houses to 141 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Milw for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Milw?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Milw:

  • Lower East Side: 130 vacation rentals
  • Historic Third Ward: 27 vacation rentals
  • Westown: 76 vacation rentals
  • East Town: 132 vacation rentals
  • Upper East Side: 18 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Milw?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Milw. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Miller Park: 294 vacation rentals
  • Wisconsin Center: 282 vacation rentals
  • Lakefront Brewery: 280 vacation rentals
  • Bradford Beach: 269 vacation rentals
  • Milwaukee Public Market: 283 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Milw listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Milw?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 116 Houses in Milw. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Milw include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 141 rentals available
  • Cabins: 5 rentals available
  • Studios: 123 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Milw?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 9 vacation rentals with pool available in Milw. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.