Milwaukee Day Trips Worth Taking

Downtown Milwaukee skyline, WI
••• Milwaukee skyline in the evening. Ken Wardius/Getty Images

If you're itching to get out of town, there are several options for easy day trips to destinations within 100 miles of Milwaukee. Head north to Green Bay to catch a football game, south to Chicago for a day of fun in our big-sister city, or many points in between for an easy escape from the same-old thing.

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    Millennium Park, Michigan Avenue skyline, Chicago
    ••• Chicago skyline reflected in "The Bean" sculpture. Hisham Ibrahim / Getty Images
    One easy way to get away quick is to hop on the Amtrak or I-94 southbound to make the 100 mile trek to our big-city neighbor to the south, Chicago. The city is filled with great cultural institutions such as the Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Shedd Aquarium, and offers great dining, nightlife and shopping experiences as well. You can always take in a Bears, White Sox or Cubs game too, just be careful, as you'll be behind enemy lines in this regard.
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    Cedarburg, Wisconsin

    The Old-World charm of Cedarburg is hardly matched by any neighborhood in Milwaukee proper. Located less than a half-hour drive north of the city in Ozaukee County, Cedarburg and its surrounding communities make a great day trip or weekend getaway from Milwaukee. Visit the Cedar Creek Settlement, featuring a number of shops, restaurants, and the Cedar Creek winery. Then browse the antique shops, ice cream parlors and restaurants that line the surrounding streets -- don't miss the 1920s-era former filling station shaped like a Japanese tea house nestled next to the gigantic stone gristmill.

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    Located about 100 miles north of Milwaukee, Green Bay is a great choice for a day trip, especially when your trip includes a visit to Lambeau Field and tickets to a Green Bay Packers game. Other fun attractions include the Green Bay Children's Museum, Bay Beach amusement park, the Neville Public Museum, and cruising on the bay itself.
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    Kohler, Wisconsin

    Those looking to get away from Milwaukee's urban sprawl for a day or two have many getaway options just an hour or two away. Located about an hour north of Milwaukee, about 60 miles, the village of Kohler, along with its big-sister city, Sheboygan, can offer a nice way to spend the day, or the weekend.

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    Great America is less than an hour's drive from Milwaukee in normal traffic, and makes a day trip the kids will remember forever. With more than 60 rides -- including some of the scariest roller coasters in this part of the country -- in both the regular amusement park and the adjacent Hurricane Harbor water park, you can easily burn a day here without having to plan a thing.