Besides being a fun beer city, Milwaukee is recognized as the backdrop to some of television’s most beloved shows. It has been the set of many TV classics such as “Laverne & Shirley” and “Happy Days,” but only the latter has [HC1] cemented a permanent place in the city. Fans of the show who head to Milwaukee to relive their favorite scenes will also be surprised to find plenty to see and do in this Midwest city. Start by planning your trip with a centrally located IHG hotel in Milwaukee near the RiverWalk and the many Happy Days landmarks.
Accommodations within a short walk from the “Bronze Fonz” are plentiful, as the statue is in downtown Milwaukee. Look for a hotel like the Holiday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront, which has chic, modern rooms and a buzzing hotel bar where you can channel your inner Fonzie.
Perched on the east side of the Milwaukee RiverWalk, you’ll find one of the city’s most famous sons. Immortalized in 2008, the “Bronze Fonz” was erected to pay homage to Arthur Fonzarelli, lovingly known as The Fonz or Fonzie on “Happy Days.” This lifelike statue brings smiles to visitors’ faces much like the beloved TV character, played by Henry Winkler, did to millions of viewers each week in the 1970s and early 80s. Snapping a picture with The Fonz is a breeze, thanks to its tourist-friendly location. Some people pleasantly stumble upon it while touring the city’s RiverWalk, while die-hard fans seek him out.
Top Off Your Happy Day With a Treat
After a day of sightseeing or strolling the RiverWalk, why not treat yourself with a frozen custard from Kopp’s? This famous ice cream shop is a local favorite, and its Glendale location is said to be the inspiration behind Arnolds, the fictional diner that the “Happy Days” gang frequented. Sadly, Kopp’s has no jukebox to magically start with a bump from your hip.
Beyond the Fonz
Of course, there is plenty to see and do in Milwaukee beyond exploring “Happy Days” sights. This once-mighty industrial city has reshaped itself with plenty of cool attractions, such as the futuristic-looking Milwaukee Museum of Art. Perched on the shores of Lake Michigan, this great museum is home to more than 35,000 works of art that are spread out over four floors.
With a number of hip stores and boutiques, the Historic Third Ward is a great place to shop. Even casual and window shoppers will appreciate the beauty of the area, where many of the late 19th-century buildings are still intact. You can also find the Milwaukee Public Market in the Historic Third Ward. It’s a great place to enjoy local food, crafts, and entertainment.
Don’t miss the city’s famous breweries and beer gardens, either. Milwaukee is home to Miller, Pabst, and Schlitz breweries, all of which you can experience through a tour.
Whether or not “Happy Days” brought you to Milwaukee, you’ll find ties to the iconic show throughout the city. Beyond that, you’ll find much more to see, do, and drink in this rejuvenated Wisconsin city.