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Miwaukee Sightseeing

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Milwaukee Boat Line

Bus and Limousine ToursSeveral public and private charter transportation companies offer sightseeing tours that explore the city. Customized tours devoted to Milwaukee's industrial, cultural, civic and residential sights are available, often complemented by lunch or dinner.

Carriage ToursHorse-drawn carriages offer a memorable mode of transportation through downtown and along the shores of Lake Michigan. Milwaukee Coach & Carriage, (414) 272-6873, provides nightly service (weather permitting).

Driving ToursA scenic drive extends from the downtown area at Lincoln Memorial Drive, north to SR 32 through beautiful parks and past the lakeside mansions of the early brewers to Brown Deer Road. North Lake Drive along the bluffs is particularly attractive.

Miller Brewery Tour & Visitor Center

Walking ToursBrochures outlining historic walking tours of Milwaukee's east, west and south sides are available at the VISIT Milwaukee walk-in office . Campus tours are available at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, (414) 229-2222, and at Marquette University, (414) 288-7302.

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From June through October Historic Milwaukee Inc. offers six 1.5-hour guided walking tours concentrating on the city’s historical and architectural heritage. The Historic Third Ward Tour highlights the area's Irish roots and transformation of the local warehouses, while the Historic Milwaukee's Downtown Tour focuses on Milwaukee's varied architecture. The Riverwalk Tour explores the history of the Riverwalk and the buildings along the river. The Bay View Tour spotlights the history of the Kinnickinnic Avenue area. The Brady Street Tour details the neighborhood's Polish and Italian roots while the North Point Mansions Tour offers a glimpse of mansions in this oldest and upper-class residential neighborhood. Brochures are available at businesses throughout the city. Phone (414) 277-7795.

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Milwaukee, WI

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Travel Information

City Population

596,974

Elevation

740 ft.

Sales Tax

The sales tax in Milwaukee is 5.6 percent. In addition there is a 9.5 percent tax on hotel rooms, a 3 percent tax on car rentals and a .5 percent tax on food and beverage purchases.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(414) 933-4444

Hospitals

Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center, (414) 649-6000; Aurora Sinai Medical Center, (414) 219-2000; Columbia St. Mary's Hospital, (414) 585-1000; Froedtert Hospital, (414) 805-3666; and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-St. Francis Hospital, (414) 647-5000.

Visitor Information

648 N. Plankinton Ave. Suite 425 Milwaukee, WI 53203-2501. Phone:(414)273-3950 or (800)231-0903

Air Travel

General Mitchell International Airport

Rental Cars

Hertz, at the airport, (414) 747-5200 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail Service

Amtrak, 433 W. St. Paul Ave. at the Milwaukee Intermodal Station, provides railroad passenger service to the city; phone (414) 271-9037 or (800) 872-7245 for reservations.

Buses

The Greyhound Lines Inc. terminal is at 433 W. St. Paul Ave. at the Milwaukee Intermodal Station; phone (414) 272-2156 or (800) 231-2222.

Taxis

All taxis in Milwaukee use the meter system. The fare is $5 for the first mile, $2.50 for each additional mile and $1 for each additional person. Taxis can be ordered by phone or hired at taxi stands at most major hotels. American United is the city's major taxi service; phone (414) 220-5000.

Public Transportation

The Milwaukee County Transit System, 1942 N. 17th St., operates 22-hour service throughout Milwaukee County and eastern Waukesha County. The fare is $2.25; $1.10 (ages 6-11, ages 65+ and disabled persons with ID). Exact fare is required. For schedule and route information, phone (414) 344-6711 daily Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 8-4:30 or TTY (414) 937-3299 Mon.-Fri. 8-4.

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