Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, a city that you often don’t think of when you think of kids. After all, Milwaukee is famous for its breweries and Harley Davidson, neither particularly attractive for young kids. I could make a case for the bikes if your children are older. Milwaukee is 2 hours from Chicago, an easy Amtrak ride away or a quick road trip on I-94.
We always start our day at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The building itself is the biggest attraction, an iconic, masterpiece by Santiago Calatrava, a famed Spanish architect who also recently designed the World Trade Center transportation hub in New York City. The building has wings, with a wingspan of a Boeing 747 and it flaps. At noon, everyday, the wings fold in and then reopen magically, drawing oohs and aahs from kids and adults alike.