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Historic Third Ward, Milwaukee

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Walk through Historic Third Ward, the city's booming Art and Fashion District in an old warehouse setting. This neighborhood, which features about 10 square blocks listed on the National Register of Historic Places, used to be an Irish immigrant neighborhood full of factories. Today the city has filled these warehouses with hundreds of diverse businesses. The neighborhood has undergone a sort of renaissance, which is evident through its many boutique shops, restaurants, galleries, and hip residential buildings. The architecture alone is worth a look; it ranges from Victorian Gothic style to Art Deco-influenced designs. The area is home to the Broadway Theatre Center, Milwaukee Public Market, and Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, which attracts many young artistic people and events to the area. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Historic Third Ward by using our Milwaukee trip website .
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  • The Third Ward is a historic and delightful area. We stayed at a great hotel and enjoyed the area. Recommend visit here  more »
  • The Historic Third Ward is a cool, well preserved old American commercial district, like those we see in the early to mid 1900s movies....Its like walking back through time, with impressive buildings,...  more »
  • We have the ‘luxury’ of living about 30 minutes south of Milwaukee with easy transit to the Historic Third Ward. During the summer we go early and get our walk in along the River Walk before the crowd...  more »

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Staying in the city center puts you right in the heart of the activity, and means you can take advantage of all the things to do in Milwaukee’s walkable downtown area. Options here include big chain hotels as well as quirky inns. Party animals should sacrifice some sleep to stay close to Milwaukee’s lively bar scene, centered around Water Street. Those who want a little more rest should consider a scenic resort in the greater Milwaukee area; many of these are within easy driving distance of the main attractions.
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