The Ultimate Instagram Guide to Wauwatosa

Did you really travel to Tosa if you didn’t take a pic? Lucky for you, Wauwatosa is an extremely picturesque city that’s filled with great places to pose for that perfect Insta-worthy shot. 

We’ve compiled six of our favorite places that will guarantee the perfect photo every time. Get your cameras ready, capture the perfect shot, and don’t forget to mention #DiscoverTosa so we can see your pics!

1. East Tosa Murals

Bright, beautiful, and larger-than-life, our East Tosa murals set the scene for the perfect picture. 

The seven-part mural project took place in the summer of 2019 and brought artists from near and far to Wauwatosa. These art installations can be found along the North Avenue corridor in the North Mural Arts District or “NoMAD.” 

Choose from an array of murals scattered throughout the East Tosa district, including a giant goldfish entangled in a weed of sunflower stems, a tiger-like creature with multiple sets of eyes, a vibrant representation of “mother nature,” and more.

2. The Village


Bustling and bright, The Village of Wauwatosa serves as the heart of our charming city. 

The Village (also referred to as Tosa Village) is home to historic brick buildings, twinkling lights, and local restaurants and businesses throughout. 

Capture the perfect shot while dining on numerous outdoor patios, crossing the bridge into The Village, or under the string lights.

3. Hoyt Park Bridge

Whether you’re hiking, biking, or running through Hoyt Park, this bridge is the iconic photo backdrop that you just need to stop for. 

The bridge is made up of two stunning stone archways, a thick wooden fence, and a sturdy footpath that overlooks the Menomonee River. 

Our favorite part of this hidden gem is that, no matter what time of year you’re visiting, you’re guaranteed a gorgeous photo amongst the Wisconsin sunshine, sparkling snow, or crisp autumn leaves. 

4. Kneeland-Walker House

Capture the history of Wauwatosa while you get your photo (or your pup’s pic!) in front of Kneeland-Walker House.

Built in 1890, the Queen Anne house sits on 1.5 acres of land and is the largest remaining residential lot in Tosa. The stunning house is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated landmark of Wauwatosa and Milwaukee County. 

The Wauwatosa Historical Society currently maintains the house and has continued to repaint the exterior in its original jewel-toned colors since purchasing the house in 1987.

5. Milwaukee County Zoo

Home to more than 2,100 animals representing 354 species, Milwaukee County Zoo has countless photo opportunities waiting to happen. 

From giraffes to flamingos, the various animals are extremely photogenic and are the perfect subject of any photo — check out Milwaukee County Zoo’s Instagram if you don’t believe us! 

Bonus: Try to capture the ‘photo of the day’ with the kids and the animals looking at the camera!

6. Hartung Park (Labyrinth)

There’s nothing quite like a landscape shot to impress your friends and followers, and Hartung Park’s labyrinth is perfect for just that. 

Not only is the park’s stone labyrinth a fun spot to explore, but it also photographs beautifully. The large circular labyrinth was created by laying patterns of cobblestone salvaged from Milwaukee streets. 

In the backdrop, you’ll find a man-made two-acre pond that adds to the scenery.

Discover Wauwatosa wants to ensure you have a safe and healthy travel experience. Learn more about where to stay, where to eat, and things to do while you’re here in Wauwatosa. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please check the local hotel and travel restrictions and retail and restaurant hours/menus before you go. 

Header photo courtesy of @appelle.moi.michelle


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