10 Milwaukee Day Trips You Can Go On

10 Milwaukee Day Trips You Can Go On

Explore America's Dairyland, and no, these trips do not include cheese or dairy.
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Milwaukee itself is filled with life, music, history, food, and events on a regular basis. But, are you looking to get out of the city a bit and see what else Wisconsin has to offer? There are tons of amazing places to visit throughout the state, but here are some of my favorite:

1. Pewit's Nest

A secret series of waterfalls in the woods in quiet and low-key Baraboo, Wisconsin. Bring your suits and camera because this treasure is gorgeous. You can hike all the way up to the top of the waterfalls, or swim in the drop off area less than a quarter mile down stream. A short two hour trip from Milwaukee makes Pewit's Nest the perfect day trip for any adventurer.

2. Wisconsin Dells

Right by Baraboo is the famous Wisconsin Dells. In a day, you can go to the water parks at Noah's Ark, pet the animals at the Deer Park, get some pizza from Moosejaw, take a ride on the Ducks through the rivers, shop downtown, and so much more. The Dells is a great tourist attraction in the heart of Wisconsin, but again is a little under two hours away from Milwaukee. It's the perfect place for families but you're never too old. There's plenty of nightlife and attractions for adults as well!

3. Devil's Lake

This trip is a little farther, reaching about two and a half hours away, but it is worth it. If you're coming from Milwaukee, you have to take a ferry over for the last chunk of the road trip. Devil's Lake is an amazing stop for hikers, swimmers, bikers, and campers. Walk the paved trails on the mountains or take a thrill ride and scale right up the side of the mountain, going nearly vertical. There are over 29 miles of trails reaching 1,329 feet in elevation. In the winter, you can go snowshoeing, too! Individuals of all ages can enjoy the scenic views and challenges the trails offer.

4. Madison

Who can forget about the state's capital? Madison is located just about an hour and a half west of Milwaukee. There's the free Henry Vilas Zoo, the capital building, all of the shops along state street, the free museums located right by the capital building, the Memorial Terrace, the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, and so much more! Madison is the perfect place to get away from Milwaukee for the day. Experience Wisconsin's history while enjoying a nice Badger Game in Camp Randall Stadium! On Wisconsin!

5. Chicago

Just another mere two hours south is Chicago, Illinois. No, this is not in Wisconsin, but there is still so much to do in the Windy City! You can get the city pass for the day and check out the Planetarium, Museum of Science and Industry, see The Bean, visit the Sky Deck, experience the Shedd Aquarium, and so much more! Branch out of your Wisconsin comfort zone and check out Chicago for the day! You can even take the train right form the heart of Milwaukee to Chicago.

6. Up North

This location is very broad, but anywhere in Northern Wisconsin is the perfect getaway for the weekend. There will most likely be little to no WiFi, so submerge yourself in the woods and become one with your surroundings. You can go boating on the lakes, try out wake boarding or skiing, go hunting, check out the family owned shops downtown. Being up north is always an amazing time whether it be in summer or winter. Finishing off the night around the bonfire with some smores and sparklers is always the perfect way to end a busy and exciting day on the water.

7. The State Fair

No, this is not technically a location you can go to year round, but at the end of summer is the Wisconsin State Fair! The 50 cent milk is always a hit with the exciting flavors. There's the cream puffs that are of course the best when you can see them getting made. Almost half of the fair food is either deep fried or on a stick. At night, there are concerts galore! You can't forget about the Big Giant Slide that's smack dab in the middle of the fairgrounds. It's a blast for young and old alike. It's the highlight of every summer that nobody in Wisconsin can pass up, no matter how far away you have to travel to get there. The State Fair is located in West Allis, Wisconsin, a mere 15 minutes away from Downtown Milwaukee and is always a family favorite.

8. Summerfest

Again, this isn't technically a day trip; it's an eleven day experience. Summerfest is the world's largest music festival with eleven days full of all genres of music. Performers range from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Luke Bryan to Rise Against and more. This festival truly is for anyone and should be on everyone's bucket list whether you're from Wisconsin or not. There's also street performers, tons of food vendors, and more right on Lake Michigan.

9. Cave of the Mounds

Located a little under two hours from Milwaukee, right outside of Madison is the Cave of the Mounds. This is a site for those thrill seekers and history lovers. Cave of the Mounds is in fact a cave that you can take an hour long walking tour through. You'll learn how the caves and structures were made. There are also walking paths through fields and woods surrounding the cave entrance. This is definitely a once in a lifetime experience.

10. Seven Bridges

Located in South Milwaukee, Seven Bridges is an amazing series of hiking trails right along Milwaukee's Lakefront. During the fall season, leaves change color and add to the already gorgeous scenery. There are hills and cliffs that overlook the lakefront as well as a secluded beach on Lake Michigan. It is free and open to the public, and is an amazing photography spot. It is a classic spot that many locals love to visit and I urge you all to visit on your next trip to Milwaukee.

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19 Signs You're From South Jersey

South Jersey breeds a unique type of human, and it will always be our home.
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If you are from South Jersey, you are a unique breed of human who has been blessed with Wawa, pork roll, Philadelphia, beach trips, all-service gas stations, hoagies, water ice, and more. The population of South Jersians can relate to so many things that everyone else in the country can't- this list is just to name a few.

1. It is pork roll, not Taylor Ham.

Let's get this one out of the way first. Every South Jersian knows that “pork roll” is the product — the meat — and “Taylor” is the brand. We don’t refer to bacon as “Oscar Meyer.” It is literally not even ham, and the word “ham” actually appears nowhere on the Taylor brand packaging. That’s all I have to say about that.

2. Wawa is the beloved, convenient, delicious, and sacred place that we worship.

Easily our most common go-to. In fact, you can typically find 4 different Wawa’s within 5 miles of you at all times. If anyone closed their eyes and dreamed of the best convenient store possible, it would be Wawa.

3. NYC is cool, but Philly is your city.

Spruce Street Harbor Park, Independence Mall, Magic Gardens, Center City Sips, cheesesteaks, Graffiti Pier, and endlessly more — Philly gives you everything you could need for a beautiful night and only we know how underrated it is.

4. You probably do not know how to pump gas.

If you have driven out of state, you may have had to figure it out by now, but for the most part, we have the luxury of not needing to know this skill. Fill it up regular, please!

5. A day trip to the beach is your bliss.

If you’re from South Jersey, you have a long list of beach options — and you most likely have a favorite. Between LBI, Ocean City, Wildwood, Seaside, Avalon, Sea Isle, Atlantic City, and more- we are certainly spoiled.

6. Our slang is different.

For whatever reason, our vocabulary is quite unique — even compared to North Jersey. Especially among teenagers, we have an abundance of special jargon.

7. It’s a hoagie. Not a "sub." It will always be a hoagie.

We all love our Wawa Hoagiefest. No one can ever tell us differently — a sub is a submarine boat and Subway is an underground railway system.

8. And people call them “jimmies,” not sprinkles. Oh, and it’s "water ice" not Italian ice.

Clearly, we like having our own South Jersian language.

9. You learned to drive with pretty awful road rage.

You are surrounded by road rage here, especially if heading toward Philly or New York. It’s the land of honking, cutting off and middle fingers. The lovely picture above is from the New Jersey Turnpike.

10. Honestly, you probably dislike North Jersey.

For some reason, Jersey has pretty much segregated itself into two different states. Or three, I guess, if you’re someone who counts Central Jersey. The rivalry is real — in fact, any North Jersian reading this has probably physically cringed multiple times by now.

11. Your accent is subtle, but yet pretty distinct.

We tend to have an accent on words such as cawfee, wooter, and begel. We certainly do not have a “joisey” accent, but something is still a little off.

12. There is no “New” in New Jersey.

Ok, obviously there is, but as you can tell already within this article, we really do not often use the “New” part. Too much inconvenience for us I assume.

13. You probably make a trip (or five) to BB&T Pavilion every summer.

Or “Susquehanna” as the more original concert-goers will still refer to it as- the lawn is basically the best place to be (except when you lose all your friends and have no service). It’s also usually a high school reunion to see all your hometown friends on break.

14. You have everything you could want within driving distance.

Philly one way, or the beach the other way, or NYC another way, or even the Poconos when you need some mountains and skiing. We’ve got everything.

15. The weather is dramatic and bipolar.

One day could be sunny and 75, and the next it could be snowing. The concept of specific seasons is iffy.

16. You probably describe where you live in reference to Philly or Cherry Hill.

When an out-of-stater asks you where in Jersey you are from, you most likely give a response along the lines of “just outside of Cherry Hill,” or “about half an hour from Philly.”

17. You live within 20 minutes of multiple different malls.

You will be able to find multiple decent shopping malls anywhere you are in South Jersey- a real convenient blessing.

18. You most likely know at least 10 people that go to Rutgers.

Being our biggest and most popular state school- you are guaranteed to know a good handful of people that found their way there after high school.

19. Lastly, you are proud of our little “armpit” corner of the country.

As much as we may talk bad about it and complain about wanting to leave, we know it’ll always be home. South Jersey breeds a special type of person.

SEE ALSO: The Garden State Guide To Essential Jersey Slang

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Tempe City Council Makes An Effort To Hear The Public's Concerns

The rising number of homeless in Tempe is concerning for many residents and here's why.

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Many concerned Tempe residents voiced that it is not the homeless people trying to get back on their feet that concern them. It is the rising group of homeless drug addicts causing havoc and endangering their neighborhoods does.

Randy Keating and Robin Arredondo-Savage, two members of the Tempe City Council, met with concerned residents on Tuesday at the Multigenerational Center to discuss the rise of homelessness in the area.

Tempe police chief Sylvia Moir assured the public that the police department is doing all it can to make sure their opinions are heard.

"We have to recognize that sleeping is a basic human right, even when it comes to our parks. If the shelters don't have space, the person still needs to sleep somewhere. With that being said, the homeless will have a curfew enforced and will be held accountable for their actions," Moir said.

Suzanne Orarke, a Tempe resident and mother voiced her opinion on why the rising number of drug addicted and mentally unstable homeless people concerns her.

"I have an 8-year-old son and he rides his bike to school every day. I don't want to be a helicopter parent, but at the same time, I also don't want to lose my child to something stupid," Orarke said.

Keating and Arredondo-Savage assured the public that the City Council works with the police department and the Homeless Outreach Prevention Effort team, also known as the HOPE team to find solutions to the homelessness in Tempe. The Councilmembers informed the audience that Tempe spends the most money of any Arizona city on human services.

The Councilmembers reminded the public that homelessness is not a crime and that they are doing their best to accommodate to the rising number of homeless people, which has gone up 60 percent in Maricopa County the last two years.

Another homeless related issue that many residents have noticed is the dangerous use of Lime scooters in their neighborhoods. Lime is a California-based company known for its easily accessible scooters.

The scooters, which run for 15 cents per minute, have increasingly made their way into the East Valley. The scooters have made it easier for the homeless to travel with little to no cost. Many residents believe this is attracting them to their neighborhoods.

When asked about scooter regulations, Keating said, "There is not much regulation for these scooters yet, but there is a working group striving to regulate those as we recognize this is an issue. We are looking over the list of recommendations next Thursday. As of right now, the only regulation is that the scooters cannot be on sidewalks."

The last major issue the public spoke on is the lack of helpful and respectful assistance from the police department and their non-emergency hotline. Many residents recalled their experiences when calling the non-emergency hotline and each resident had a negative outcome.

Steve Geiogamah, a concerned Tempe resident, relived his experience with the non-emergency hotline as he explained what took place a few nights ago.

"I've started to see a rise in drug activity among the homeless in Tempe. One night, I saw a transient in the neighborhood, who looked like they were up to no good. I called the non-emergency line and asked them to send an officer," Geiogamah said. "The next morning, I saw nothing had been done. I called dispatch again and they said that they could not send an officer even though I was concerned about the issue taking place."

Moir took responsibility for the hotlines wrongdoings and ended the meeting by saying, "If there are behaviors that you observe among the homeless, that rise to the level where you need a police officer, call the non-emergency number. Or, if it's immediate or a real serious issue, call 911. Describe the person and request an officer. The expectation is that we trace the call and that an officer responds."

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