The 10 Best Things to Do in Wauwatosa, United States

December 9, 2017 Lean Nau

Wauwatosa is a city in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 46,396 at the 2010 census. Wauwatosa is located immediately west of Milwaukee, and is a part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area. It is named after the Potawatomi word for firefly.
Restaurants in Wauwatosa

1. Mayfair Mall

2500 N Mayfair Rd, Wauwatosa, WI 53226-1409 +1 414-771-1300
Excellent
50%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

Mayfair Mall

Reviewed By Bernardo F - New York City, New York

It's a very nice collection of stores and restaurants. both indoor and outdoor mall sections too. Clean and lots of parking.

2. Basilica of St. Josaphat

2333 S 6th St, Milwaukee, WI 53215-3203 +1 414-645-5623
Excellent
83%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 654 reviews

Basilica of St. Josaphat

The Basilica of St. Josaphat is a ministry of the Conventual Franciscans on the South Side of Milwaukee in Historic Lincoln Village. The Basilica is a Franciscan center for prayer and spirituality, inspiration and beauty. It is home to a vibrant Roman Catholic parish and remains a testament to the faith of the Polish immigrants that created it. We invite you to join us for a visit, a tour, for worship or in prayer.

Reviewed By JimDeBerry - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Its the gem of Milwaukee. its in a rough area of town, what appeared to be a hooker outside. lock your car doors hold your kids hands. the staff were nice.

3. Mo's Irish Pub

10842 W Bluemound Rd, Wauwatosa, WI 53226-4212 +1 414-774-9782
Excellent
38%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 76 reviews

Mo's Irish Pub

Reviewed By mike60521 - Chicago, Illinois

Needed to catch up with some folks and they suggested Mos. Nice casual place for lunch with a pretty diverse lunch menu. Wish I could have had a beer since it looked like they had a nice variety of beers. But the food was very good, and I wouldn't hesitate to go back.

4. Milwaukee Art Museum

700 N Art Museum Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202-4098 +1 414-224-3220
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Milwaukee Art Museum

Museum boasts an extensive collection of nearly 20,000 works, representing such artists as Pablo Picasso, Georgia O'Keeffe and Andy Warhol.

Reviewed By 425hillary - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The building itself is a work of art, especially since it's perched right on the lake shore of Lake Michigan! Visiting would be enjoyable just walking around the grounds! But then you have the added experience of going into the art museum! What a wonderful way to spend a day!!

5. Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear

839 N 11th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233-1401 +1 414-273-1680
Excellent
79%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 262 reviews

Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear

A Milwaukee nonprofit dedicated to giving visitors a glimpse into Milwaukee life between the world wars with authentic items displayed in store settings. Handicap-accessible guided tours are offered at no additional charge, and there is free off-street parking behind the building.

Reviewed By NoDaker52 - Fairfax, Virginia

I visited this fine museum with college friends while exploring Milwaukee. What a find! Mr. Chudnow's extensive collection of memorabilia transports the museum visitor back in time to the late 1800s through 1970. The rotating exhibits showcase everyday life in Milwaukee including a barbershop complete with a speakeasy from the Prohibition Era to a doctor's office, a movie theater, a grocery store and a pharmacy that legally dispensed drugs considered illegal today.

We enjoyed every minute of this tour guided by the museum director Steve. I highly recommend including a trip to the Chudnow Museum when you visit Milwaukee.

6. Arte Wine and Paint

1442 Underwood Ave, Wauwatosa, WI 53213-2617 +1 414-810-6095
Excellent
84%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 18 reviews

Arte Wine and Paint

Reviewed By piezees - Baltimore, Maryland

We went not having any idea what it would be like and wow what a blast... such a fun night. They have different options of classes. We went where we had an instructor and everyone painted the same thing. When arriving you can get a drink which is a bit pricey, then pick a seat already set up with canvas and paint. Sandy, our instructor, takes you through step by step. Some of the class stayed with the presented artwork and some went off in a direction modifying their painting. It was over before we knew it. They take a class picture with everyone holding their canvas before you leave. Well worth it !

7. Big Head Brewing Co

6204 W State St, Wauwatosa, WI 53213-2906 +1 414-257-9782
Excellent
65%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Big Head Brewing Co

Reviewed By DLKWI88 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I was lucky enough to discover this place while on a Milwaukee Food & City Tour. Really nice crowd. Somewhat hidden location (which adds to its cache in my opinion). After a few beers, try playing Hammerschlagen (if you don't know what it is, stop in and ask). Relaxed atmosphere, great employees. Pizzas for $8. FUN!!

8. Oriental Theater

2230 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202-1117 +1 312-977-1700
Excellent
78%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 163 reviews

Oriental Theater

Reviewed By gregmo69 - Oakville, Canada

We were in Wisconsin for a Brewers game and the PGA tournament over the week-end and had some time before our flight so we added a trip to the Oriental Theater and we are damn glad we did. The decor is amazing. Makes you long for the 'good ole days' when going to the theater was an event. We were met by two members of the staff upon entering and they couldn't have been more polite, informative and accommodating. We were allowed upstairs to peak from the balcony and into the middle theater to marvel at the structure. So beautiful. Our screening got a personal introduction before the trailers which again made us feel like were experiencing something wonderfully customer service focused. So glad we found this landmark (from Trip Advisor) and took the time to experience it in full. Highly recommended.

9. Harley-Davidson Museum

400 W Canal St, At the corner of 6th and Canal, Milwaukee, WI 53203-3208 +1 877-436-8738
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Harley-Davidson Museum

Harley-Davidson motorcycles bring heart-thumping adventure, life-changing freedom and a bit of rebellion into the lives of people around the world. But whether you were born to be wild - or mild - makes no difference at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Much more than a nostalgia trip for motorcycle enthusiasts, the Museum offers a glimpse of American history and culture like you've never seen before - through the successes and trials of an iconic American company. Interactive, eye-catching exhibits present an unparalleled collection of legendary stories of our nation's last century. Located on 20 acres in downtown Milwaukee, the Museum offers free parking, Motor Bary & Restaurant, Cafe Racer, The Shop, park-like outdoor spaces, special event rentals, guided tours for group of 15 or more, and Steel Toe Tours of the Powertrain Operations, home of the big-twin engine.

Reviewed By Alexandre L

For those outside US like me...it’s an excellent opportunity to learn about the brand story...beautiful bikes, very nice place and a must to go visit while in Milwaukee.

10. Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub

11302 W Bluemound Rd, Wauwatosa, WI 53226-4030 +1 414-988-4485
Excellent
45%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
4%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 23 reviews

Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub

Reviewed By librarychick - Illinois

Stopped here after the zoo today. Arrived during Happy Hour-ordered the draft beer special-$5.50 for a 32 oz draft? Yes, thank you! Couldn't order meat during Lent so we ordered cheese curds, spinach artichoke dip with pita crisps, and a soft pretzel. The pretzel would have been enough-HUGE-and delicious as were the other 2 appetizers-in retrospect 1 or 2 appetizers would have been enough. Service was great. It's a bar, it was loud, it's not fine dining but it was exactly perfect for us. Would recommend for adults or at least families with older teens. Will definitely return when in the area.

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