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Family vaca to Milwaukee during SummerFest - crazy?

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Family vaca to Milwaukee during SummerFest - crazy?

Does it make sense to plan a family weekend vaca to Milwaukee during SummerFest time, especially during 2nd weekend?

Family includes 1-1/2 and 4 yr old. Our friends already made reservations for that weekend, not knowing it was SummerFest. We thought it'd be nice to tagalong but not totally sold yet.

Is it too chaotic and inappropriate for kids during that weekend - especially since children's museum and discovery world are also on lakefront, same as SummerFest?

Thank you in advance!

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1. Re: Family vaca to Milwaukee during SummerFest - crazy?

You may find that hotels are pricier and that there is more traffic along the lakefront, but the whole city doesn't get taken over by Summerfest. We live here, rarely go to Summerfest, and it has no impact on us.

The Zoo is on the west side of town, far from Summerfest.

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2. Re: Family vaca to Milwaukee during SummerFest - crazy?

You'll be fine. You might even want to spend a couple of hours at Summerfest, when it first opens. It has a nice kids play area, and it's worth it just to walk around.

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3. Re: Family vaca to Milwaukee during SummerFest - crazy?

The first problem I think of is getting a hotel room at a decent price. If your lodging is set, like others I believe you can have a nice weekend in Milwaukee while ignoring Summerfest.

Summerfest does not get that crowded in the afternoon, so if you go to Discovery World in the morning or early afternoon you will be fine. Parking may be an issue in that rates could be high. I would check with Discovery World about the parking situation during Summerfest.

The area around Summerfest does not really get rowdy until around midnight when the drunks are leaving.

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4. Re: Family vaca to Milwaukee during SummerFest - crazy?

if you do go to summerfest, go early as suggested, but get out of there by early evening---it starts to get pretty crowded after about 5 or 6 pm and less family friendly....at least from my experience....

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5. Re: Family vaca to Milwaukee during SummerFest - crazy?

Thanks everyone!!! Appreciate it!!

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