Top things to do near Milwaukee General Mitchell Airport
Milwaukee Art Museum
With over 25,000 works of art in its collection, Milwaukee Art Museum is one of the largest museums in the USA. First planned in the 1800s, the museum today consists of several buildings centered on the stunning Quadracci Pavilion with its distinctive wing-like brise soleil and is only about nine miles (14.5 kilometers) from Mitchell International Airport.
The collection includes ancient works, contemporary pieces, European American paintings, sculpture, photography, folk art and outstanding holdings of American decorative arts, Haitian art and German expressionism. It’s a stunning collection in a stunning building.
Home to Major League Baseball (MLB) team, the Milwaukee Brewers, Miller Park is about 13 miles (20.9 kilometers) from MKE Airport. It has a unique architectural design featuring a fan-shaped convertible roof, which can open and close in under 10 minutes; it is, in fact, one of the largest construction projects in Wisconsin history.
As a perfect venue for baseball with excellent views and some of the best value concessions in the sport, Miller Park is an unforgettable experience (especially when it hosts one-off sporting events and huge music concerts).
Henry Maier Festival Park
A one-time airport along the lakefront in downtown Milwaukee, the Henry Maier Festival Park was created to become a home to the Summerfest music festival in 1970. It was then little more than a large field, but it has been constantly developed over the years to include a 23,000-seat amphitheater and numerous other stages and performance spaces.
Still home to the annual Summerfest, the location is used by many other festivals throughout the year celebrating African, Arabic, Asian, Italian, German, Indian, Irish, Mexican and Polish culture, as well as a Labor Fest and Pridefest.
It’s located only eight miles (12.9 kilometers) from Mitchell Airport.
Milwaukee Public Museum
Dedicated to natural and human history, this museum began as a collection by the students at Milwaukee German-English Academy, but formally moved to a public collection in 1884.
Permanent exhibits include the “Streets of Old Milwaukee” set, dioramas on wild Africa, the oceans, the Arctic and Asia, collections of insects and crustaceans, displays on civilization and early European culture and much more.
There are over four million artefacts covering the sciences, the natural world and the human world, as well as an IMAX Dome Theater, rooftop greenhouse and on-site café. Situated eight miles (12.9 kilometers) from Milwaukee International Airport, the Public Museum is a very easy way to fill a day in the city.
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (“The Domes”)
Consisting of three beehive-shaped glass domes that are strikingly lit at night, Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory is located eight miles (12.9 kilometers) from MKE Airport and is often known simply as “The Domes”.
Looking beyond the impressive architecture, the variety of plant life thriving in the artificial climates they create is remarkable. One dome features almost 1,000 species of tropical plants, another focuses on plants from arid environments, whilst a third hosts themed shows and festivals throughout the year.
Mitchell Park itself stretches over 60 acres (24.3 hectares) and is a welcome green space that’s very close to the city center.
Basilica of St Josaphat
Inspired by St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, St Josaphat is a true architectural marvel. It holds significant on the American continent in that is boasts one of the largest copper domes on the planet and proudly displays the Polish Cathedral-style that is so prevalent in the Great Lakes region.
The interior is a spectacular mixture of murals, gold-leafed ornamental plaster-work and stained-glass windows full of intricate detail. The building has a rich history and deep ties with the Polish community around the Great Lakes and, whatever your religious beliefs, the architecture alone is enough to inspire awe.
At just five miles (eight kilometers) from Mitchell Airport, the Basilica is just south of the center of Milwaukee in the Lincoln Village area.
A nine-mile (14.5-kilometer) drive from Mitchell International Airport, Discovery World is a hands-on science and technology museum experience. Focused on innovation, technology and conservation of the Great Lakes, the distinctive building is full of interactive exhibits covering subjects like sound, electricity, ecology and product design. It also features a large aquarium, two theaters and 10 science labs and studios where visitors can learn about digital creation, building robots and microscopic organisms.
Milwaukee Public Market
Located eight miles (12.9 kilometers) from Mitchell Airport in the Third Ward Neighborhood, Milwaukee Public Market is primarily a food market used heavily by small local businesses selling freshly prepared goods.
Wine, coffee, cheeses, desserts, meats and seafood are all available to enjoy in a seating area that is great for people-watching.
Various vendors sell other products like gifts, flowers and clothing, whilst community events are also held in the building on occasion.