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Festival travel: Milwaukee hosts Summerfest, with cheap flights from Louisville

Festival travel: Milwaukee hosts Summerfest, with cheap flights from Louisville
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By Hoodline - Published on May 29, 2019.

Wisconsin winters can be brutal, which means locals know how to enjoy the summer. The annual Summerfest in Milwaukee is one of the largest (and most affordable) music festivals in the U.S., and it's happening June 26 to July 7, so there's just enough time to start making travel plans.

The city's "Summerfest Grounds" includes more than 10 stages, plus an interactive sports zone and a children's theater and play zone. The venue is located downtown on the Lake Michigan lakefront, near many of the city's famous breweries, as well as restaurants, theaters, galleries and more.

Fortunately, there are plenty of relatively inexpensive flights between Louisville and Milwaukee, at least according to travel site Skyscanner.

Here’s a list of flights, hotels, restaurants and local attractions in Milwaukee to get you started. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Cheapest Milwaukee flights

Currently, the cheapest flights between Louisville and Milwaukee are if you leave on June 27 and return from Wisconsin on July 1. Delta currently has roundtrip tickets for $363.

Top Milwaukee accommodations

To plan your stay, here are some of Milwaukee’s top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do, and customer satisfaction.

The Pfister Hotel (424 E. Wisconsin Ave.)

For an all-around top recommendation, consider The Pfister Hotel. The hotel has a 4.6-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $169.

Set in the heart of Milwaukee, this hotel is close to the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, the Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World. 

The Iron Horse Hotel (500 W. Florida St.)

There's also the 4.7-star rated The Iron Horse Hotel. Rooms are currently set at $169/night.

"Great, stylish hotel with gorgeous rooms. The service is top-notch and there are a couple of great bars and restaurants at the hotel," wrote visitor Tom.

The InterContinental Milwaukee (139 E. Kilbourn Ave.)

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A third option is The InterContinental Milwaukee. With a 4.4-star rating on Skyscanner, the hotel is one of the most luxurious in the city. Rooms are currently listed for $126/night. 

Local restaurant picks

Don't miss Milwaukee's food scene, with plenty of popular spots to get your fill of local cuisine. Here are a few of the top-rated eateries from Skyscanner's listings.

Leon's Frozen Custard (3131 S. 27th St.)

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Let's start with the essentials: dessert. For a popular option, check out Leon's Frozen Custard, which has an average of five stars out of 13 reviews on Skyscanner. Leon's Frozen Custard opened for business on May 1, 1942. The business is still owned and operated by the original family.

Beans & Barley Market, Deli & Cafe (1901 E. North Ave.)

One of Milwaukee's most popular restaurants is Beans & Barley Market, Deli & Cafe, with 4.9 stars from 10 reviews.

"Everything about this restaurant and co-op is comforting and delicious," wrote reviewer Andrea. "The menu items on the restaurant side are to die for. Local and delicious vegan, vegetarian and meat eater items abound."

Cafe Corazon (3129 N. Bremen St.)

Finally, there's Cafe Corazon.

According to Skyscanner, the restaurant serves fresh, local food, and even grows its own beef and produce on a family farm. The restaurant is also vegetarian friendly. 

"Cafe Corazon has delicious Mexican food," wrote Anya. "The place has character and nice drinks."

Featured local attractions

To round out your trip, Milwaukee offers plenty of popular attractions worth visiting. Here are a couple of top recommendations, based on Skyscanner's descriptions and reviews.

The Milwaukee Art Museum (700 N. Art Museum Drive)

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First up is The Milwaukee Art Museum.

The Milwaukee Art Museum is a perfect place for art lovers young and old. With four floors of rotating displays and over 30,000 works of art, there is truly something for everyone. 

"This museum has been expanded and renovated recently to a current size of 341,000 square feet," wrote visitor Mary. "This collection includes European art from the 15th through the 20th century as well as American art from the 17th to 20th century."

Harley-Davidson Museum (400 W. Canal St.)

Finally, consider checking out Harley-Davidson Museum.

This museum celebrates the 100-plus-year history of Harley-Davidson motorcycles with trivia, models, and exhibits.

"This museum is a mustsee for motorcycle buffs," wrote visitor Mary. "On display one will find more than 450 motorcycles and artifacts, dating back to Serial Number One, which is the oldest known Harley-Davidson motorcycle."


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