While strolling the Milwaukee Riverwalk, make a point to stop and see one of the city’s more unusual, and endearing, sights: a bronze statue of the fictional character Arthur Fonzarelli, aka “The Fonz,” from the TV show Happy Days, which was set in Milwaukee. The statue has become a popular attraction, so you can expect a line of people waiting to take photos with it on warm summer days along the river. The statue itself is surprisingly small, though actor Henry Winkler was only 5 foot 6 inches, so it’s life-size. The statue depicts the Fonz in his trademark pose, with two thumbs up, seemingly saying "Aayyyy!" to passerby.
When the City Hall building of Milwaukee was built in 1895, it was the second tallest structure in America, with a bell tower stretching to 353 feet—only the Washington Monument was taller. The design was inspired by the Flemish Renaissance, similar to the Hamburg Rathaus, which shows the strong German heritage of the region. At the top of the bell tower, there still hangs the original 22,500-pound bell made from melted copper and tin, which was named Solomon Juneau after Milwaukee's first mayor. In 2005, City Hall was designated a National Historic Landmark, and a recent restoration project replaced the buildings damaged bricks, terracotta sculptures and windows.
Families—or grown-ups who are still kids at heart—looking for indoor fun in Milwaukee should consider an afternoon at Bounce Milwaukee. The massive play place has endless games, including a 700-square-foot inflatable sports arena where you can play basketball or other sports on a bouncy playing field, a rock-climbing wall with a variety of routes, and a 360-degree laser-tag arena with the world's first Zone Helios laser tag system. The Adrenaline Zone is a soft-sided obstacle course where visitors can act out their inner American Ninja Warrior, while gamers can geek out on dozens of vintage arcade games.