Family Travel in Milwaukee, WI
While campgrounds abound in the surrounding Wisconsin countryside, families lucky enough to own an motorhome can stay at the only RV park in the Metro Milwaukee area at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds. While there are no outdoor recreational facilities, such as playgrounds or lakes, the year-round park has all the sanitation basics plus convenient access to the fairgrounds, the Milwaukee County Zoo and the MLB Brewers home, Miller Park.
A modern, luxury hotel with a sleek, urban style and an on-site cocktail bar might seem geared toward jet-set singles and business travelers, but Aloft has a program designed specifically for kids ages 2-to-12. Camp Aloft for kids turns a standard hotel stay into an adventure with special goodie bags and air mattresses to let the kids "camp out" in the room. There's also a splash pool and a lounge with televisions and board games, plus the added bonus of a 24-7, self-service snack bar in the lounge stocked with healthy treats to grab for the kids before heading out for the day's entertainment.
The three-diamond Hilton in Milwaukee has it all for families who need on-site facilities to keep the kids entertained but don't want to sacrifice the quality of service. The well-maintained 1920's building has plenty of elegance and grandeur, while the attached Paradise Landing Indoor Waterpark boasts several watersides and a themed kiddie pool. While all kids can have some fun in the waterpark for a few hours, the facilities are rather tame for kids in middle school and above. On the upside, the few slides that are meant for older riders end up having shorter lines.
Milwaukee’s InterContinental might strike you as a typical luxury hotel at first glance with its understated elegance and modern amenities, but its Pink Rooms set it apart. Inspired by employees of the hotel who were affected by breast cancer, the hotel’s Pink Rooms let you fight cancer as you sleep as a portion of the proceeds from each stay are donated to the ABCD (After Breast Cancer Diagnosis) organization. The pink-infused rooms come with pink gourmet cupcakes, a gift card to the hotel’s bar and a special breast cancer awareness keepsake. Apart from fighting cancer the InterContinential has an on-site art gallery called Gallerie M which has partnered with the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design to host student curators and as a contributor to the school’s scholarship fund.
An ultra-creamy, not-to-be-missed Midwest treat, Kopp's has been serving frozen custard in Milwaukee since 1950. The freshly mixed frozen dessert is available daily in the standard chocolate and vanilla to be eaten in cones, banana splits and turtle sundaes, but true enthusiasts know to check out the monthly menu for the special, often seasonal "flavor of the day." Plenty of other rival custard stands have popped up across the city, so families might want to stage their own taste test to pick their own local favorite frozen custard.