2018-01-02

by Frank Margraff, City Year Milwaukee Team Leader on the Harold S. Vincent High School Team

Milwaukee is a wonderful city. It is far from perfect, but this city’s imperfections make our people stronger. No matter what happens, we will get through it, and I'm proud to call Milwaukee my hometown. Since I’ve spent a lot of time here, I made this list to share some things I like to do in Milwaukee. Some things you may have already heard of, but all of them are fun!

The Holler House
The Holler House is the oldest sanctioned bowling alley in the United States. This quaint little spot on Lincoln Avenue is a cheap way to bowl with friends, the old-fashioned way. Just make sure to call ahead so they have a pinsetter available to hand set the pins for you.

Urban Ecology Centers
Let’s be honest, city living can get tiring. Fortunately, there is a cure. You do not have to leave the city to get away from the hustle and bustle of Milwaukee. Stop by an Urban Ecology Center, with its three locations at Riverside, Washington and Three Bridges Park. Just sign up for a membership and you will be able to rent snowshoes, sleds, kayaks, fishing poles and much more and spend some quality time with nature.

Leon's Frozen Custard
Third on the list is a Milwaukee favorite, Leon's Frozen Custard. With big greasy burgers and great custard that will fill you up, this mainstay on Milwaukee's south side is just across the street from Pulaski High School, a school where City Year Milwaukee’s AmeriCorps members serve. This famous landmark on the south side of the city has been visited by presidents and actors alike. If you go, try one of their fantastic malts, too.

Hiking and Biking
Riding a bike or hiking through any one of Milwaukee's parks is a great way to see new parts of the city and get some fresh air. My favorite is Seven Bridges in Grant Park, but Lake Park, or any other park in Milwaukee really, is just as nice. The parks are designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted, the same designer of Central Park in New York, thus making Milwaukee's parks some of the best in the nation.

AJ Bombers
Last but not least, is AJ Bombers. This restaurant was featured on Food Wars, and it won the award for best burger in town! The restaurant lives up to its name because as you order peanuts they send them your way in a bomb shaped holder. If you are a vegetarian, no worries, because they offer a delicious black bean burger as one of their three vegetarian options. In fact, the Vincent High School Team enjoyed their time there recently!


The Vincent High School City Year AmeriCorps Team at AJ bombers.

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