Bike to Art

A day of art and food takes two wheels and our handy map. Created by Emmy Yates and Natalie Wickman.

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Skip the pricey parking garage and make your travels to the Milwaukee Art Museum a sensory experience. With a bicycle as transportation, you can become your own urban guide through the city of Milwaukee.

This map transforms a trip to the museum into a day’s journey that features stops at Cultura’s favorite rooftop restaurant, ice cream parlor, cozy coffee shop, and swing park hidden under a local bridge.

Don’t have a bike? Don’t worry! Take advantage of the multiple Bublr bike docks that offer daily rentals at $3 for 30 minutes or stop by a local rental shop, such as Vulture Space or Coast In Bikes, that offer rentals by the day.

#1 Cafe Benelux, 346 N. Broadway

Our journey begins at the historic Third Ward Cafe, known for its brunch menu and upscale drink menu. Tip: try to score rooftop seating. It offers a view of the Public Market and the beautiful downtown skyline.

 

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Cafe Benelux in the Third War. Photo by Emmy Yates.

#2 Purple Door Ice Cream, 205 S. 2nd St.

Local restaurants and grocery stores sell this ice cream, but there’s only one retail store that sells all 20 Purple Door flavors. Try brandy old fashioned or the lemon cardamom–you’ll love them!

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Lemon cardamom ice cream. Photo by Emmy Yates.

#3 Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Dr.

The day’s main event. Before you see the exhibits, be sure to check out the building’s striking architecture by Santiago Calatrava.

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The MAM looks out over Lake Michigan. Photo via TripAdvisor.com

#4 Brewed Café, 1208 E. Brady St.

Time for a mid-day pick-me-up of caffeine. While you’re sipping tea or eating the café’s famous chili, check out the art and lounge on vintage couches under the light of antique lamps.

 

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Brewed on Brady. Photo via VeggieNextDoor.com

#5 Brady Street Swing Park, 1737 N. Water St.

Park your bike and enjoy the end of your journey at the Swing Park. Kick off your shoes and enjoy the park’s sand between your toes or walk the bridge for a beautiful view of the river.

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This swing park is hidden under a bridge near Brady. Photo by Emmy Yates.
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