General Mitchell International Airport (MKE)
13 miles/20 minutes to Miller Park
WHERE TO STAY? All lodging is within a 5 mile drive of Miller Park
Residence Inn – Milwaukee Dowtown
Intercontinental Hotel – Milwaukee
Ambassador Hotel – Milwaukee
Hampton Inn and Suites – Milwaukee
Doubletree Hotel - Milwaukee City Center
Hilton – Milwaukee City Center
Chaser budget traveler
Best Western – Woods View Inn
Fairfield Inn & Suites Milwaukee Downtown
Ballpark Chasers Tip: the only hotel within walking distance to Miller Park is the Best Western (Woods View Inn). If you prefer to avoid parking fees, this hotel is the way to go!
WHERE TO PARK?
The Brewers conveniently offer several large parking lots surrounding Miller Park. When purchasing your game tickets online, look to pre-pay for parking as well. Otherwise, you can purchase an advanced parking pass over the phone by calling 414-902-4000. Make sure to purchase a pass seven days in advance of the game to lock in the discount pricing. Advance parking ranges from $9 to $14 depending on the distance to the stadium. Same-day pricing can range from $10-$18 on weekdays and $15-$25 for Marquee parking.
Ballpark Chasers Tip: because the Brewers parking lot tends to be a nightmare after each home game, we suggest to use a restaurant shuttle. Kelly's Bleachers, Long Wong's, Rounding Third, McGinn's, Steve's on Bluemound, Fiesta Garibaldi and Derry Hegarty's Pub all offer free shuttles to and from each Brewer game for their customers.
WHERE TO EAT?
With the layout of Miller Park and its centralized parking spaces surrounding the stadium, it isn’t really practical to park and walk to a restaurant. However, Miller Park has one of the best and liveliest tailgating scenes in all of Major League Baseball and we highly suggest walking through the parking lot to soak up the ambiance.
Once inside Miller Park, head over to left field to grab a bite at Friday’s Front Row Sports Grill. Friday’s serves your traditional American cuisine while providing a great view of the field. Other worthy ballpark options include brats, Italian sausages and Polish sausages. Come on now, you can’t leave Miller Park without trying one or more of their staple ballpark sausages!
If you prefer a sit-down option with a larger menu, Ballpark Chasers recommends eating at Kelly’s Bleachers or Mollica’s Pub. Both local sports bars offer a free shuttle for customers to Miller Park before each home game. One of our favorite restaurants a few miles away is Miss Katie’s Diner. This mom-and-pop 60’s style diner serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and will make you want to go back for all three meals. We recommend trying their omelets, french toast, pancakes, chicken wings, burgers, open face turkey sandwich, patty melt, chili, meatloaf, BBQ ribs or any of their homemade soups. Did we miss anything? If so, we recommend those items too!
Although it’s tough to beat Katie’s ribs, we think we have found a Milwaukee restaurant that gives her good competition. Saz’s, located about two miles from Miller Park, has been serving “award winning ribs” and steaks for over 30 years. Saz’s is so good that they even have their own line of signature sauces in grocery stores across the country.
Update: Check out recently opened Ryan Braun’s Graffito in the Third Ward neighborhood of downtown Milwaukee. Located right along the Milwaukee River, Braun’s new restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining with great views. The menu features fresh seafood in addition to steaks and chops, burgers, chicken, pastas, individual pizzas, sandwiches and hamburgers and kids fare. We haven’t had a chance to try it out yet so make sure to give us your review.
WHERE TO BUY TICKETS?
Don't call the Brewers a small market team. With the combination of a new ballpark and die hard fans, Miller Park hosted just under 3 million fans during the 2012 season. Consequently, Ballpark Chasers recommends pre-purchasing tickets through your favorite online dealer or directly at Brewers.com. Despite the centralized parking lot and “no reselling tickets” signs around Miller Park, scalpers are still to be found if you need a last minute ticket.
Ballpark Chasers Fun Fact: upon entry, keep your eye out for a free copy of Brewers Gameday Magazine. Free copies are distributed at all gates to all fans around Miller Park.
WHEN TO GO?
Milwaukee is on average the second coldest metropolitan city in the country, only behind Minneapolis St. Paul. Annual average temperatures in Milwaukee are a balmy 46 degrees; July and August are the only months to break the 80 degree mark. Although Miller Park has a retractable roof and there are no rain outs, Ballpark Chasers recommend traveling to Wisconsin from late June through August.
WHAT ELSE TO SEE?
Whether or not you are a fan of motorcycles, the Harley Davidson Museum is a must see attraction while in Milwaukee. Located just 10 minutes from Miller Park, the Harley Davidson Museum celebrates the century old Milwaukee based company. Besides seeing hundreds of old and new Harleys during your audio tour, the museum also offers a “hands-on” demonstration, memorabilia, corporate archives, an in house restaurant and of course a gift shop.
If your trip to Miller Park falls over a weekend, head over to the Milwaukee River to take a brewery tour followed by a boat ride on the “Milwaukee Maiden” or the “Brew City Queen II”. Customers get to choose between one of three local brew houses: the Lake Front Brewery, The Ale House and the Rock Bottom Brewery. The Brewery Tour and boat ride are for ages 21 and older and tickets must be pre-purchased. Ballpark Chasers recommend the Lake Front Brewery tour.
Our final stop gives you a real feel and taste of Milwaukee with a unique 19th century architectural style. Old World Third Street, just west of the Milwaukee River, is an area of downtown that offers entertainment, dining, shopping, and an up close look at Wisconsin’s heritage. Whatever you do, make sure and stop at Mader’s for a bite to eat where the likes of President Kennedy, John Wayne, Vincent Lombardi and the entire of Brooklyn Dodgers Team once dinned.
BALLPARK CHASERS VACATION?
Miller Park is part of the Ballpark Chasers Midwest Extravaganza. This baseball trip includes a trip to Chicago to see the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field and the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Expect a two hour drive from Milwaukee to Chicago and a 20 minute drive between Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field. Because the Chicago ballparks are so close together, it is possible to take in a day-night doubleheader.
Just under a two hour drive is Appleton, Wisconsin, home of the Timber Rattlers. The Rattlers are the Class A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers and play at Fox Cities Stadium. Another Single A ballclub in Wisconsin is the Beloit Snappers, just over an hour drive from Miller Park. The Snappers play at Pohlman Field and are the affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. If you only have time to see one Minor League park, Ballpark Chasers recommend visiting Fox Cities Stadium.
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