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Festival travel: Milwaukee's Summerfest coming soon, a flight away from Cincinnati

Festival travel: Milwaukee's Summerfest coming soon, a flight away from Cincinnati
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By Hoodline - Published on June 12, 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 include 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.

Whether you’re ready to book your trip now or just wondering what it would cost, take a look at these forthcoming flights between Cincinnati and Milwaukee, which we pulled from travel site Skyscanner.

We've also included popular hotels, restaurants and attractions in Milwaukee to round out any visit. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Cheapest Milwaukee flights

The cheapest flights between Cincinnati and Milwaukee are if you leave on June 30 and return from Wisconsin on July 5. United currently has tickets for $267, roundtrip.

Top Milwaukee hotels

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 Iron Horse Hotel (500 W. Florida St.)

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If you're looking to treat yourself, consider The Iron Horse Hotel. The hotel has a 4.7-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $169.

"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 Pfister Hotel (424 E. Wisconsin Ave.)

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There's also the 4.6-star rated The Pfister Hotel, which has rooms for $169/night.

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

The InterContinental Milwaukee (139 E. Kilbourn Ave.)

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A third option is The InterContinental Milwaukee. The 4.4-star hotel has rooms for $126/night.

This hotel is close to the Pabst Theater, Milwaukee City Hall and the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Featured Milwaukee food and drink

Milwaukee has plenty of top-notch dining options. Here are a few of the most popular, according to Skyscanner.

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

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First things first: ice cream. For a popular option, check out Leon's Frozen Custard, which has an average of five stars out of 13 reviews on Skyscanner. A Milwaukee mainstay for more than 75 years, it's still owned and operated by the original family.

"This institution is open all year, and they are open late into the night, at least during the summer," wrote visitor Steve.  

Cafe Corazon (3129 N. Bremen St.)

If you're looking for a local favorite restaurant pick, head to the Cafe Corazon, with five stars from five reviews. The Mexican restaurant supports local farmers and raises its own beef and produce. Its desserts are based on seasonal ingredients.

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

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

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Also worth considering is the Beans & Barley Market, Deli & Cafe, with 4.9 stars from 10 reviews.

"I enjoy the sweet potato burrito here any time of day. Everything about this restaurant and co-op is comforting and delicious," wrote Andrea.  

Top Milwaukee attractions

Not sure what to do in Milwaukee, besides eat and drink? Here are a couple of recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.

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

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First up is The Milwaukee Art Museum, with 4.8 stars from 36 reviews. 

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.

"Their building is a work of art. Try to be in front of the entrance when the museum opens or closes to catch the kinetic elements," wrote Lizzie. "A must-visit when in Milwaukee."

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

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Lastly, spend some time at the Harley-Davidson Museum, with 4.8 stars from 22 reviews.

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

"This museum is a must-see for motorcycle buffs. 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," wrote visitor Mary. 

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