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Summertime is truly something spectacular here in our charming city. It’s the perfect time of year to really get a taste for just about everything that Tosa has to offer — from outdoor eats to live music to zoo visits and more.
Sometimes planning a special summer getaway that the whole family will remember can be overwhelming — we get it! That’s why we’ve compiled a complete itinerary of where to go, where to eat, and where to stay while you’re here.
Plus, numerous Wauwatosa-area hotels are currently running offers packages, so you can get sweet perks when you book your stay.
Welcome to summertime in Tosa!
Where to go:
For an unforgettable Tosa trip with the entire family, a visit to the Milwaukee County Zoo is a must. With more than 2,100 animals representing 354 species, this outdoor attraction can easily make up a full day of family fun as you search for your favorite animals.
Located in Tosa Village, visit Hart Park day or night for outdoor entertainment. Take the kids to the park’s splash pad to cool off during the day, then check out Tosa Tonight at the Rotary Performance Pavilion to enjoy live music every Wednesday at 6pm.
The Landing at Hoyt Park makes for another perfect day in the park here in Wauwatosa. Complete with local beers on tap at the beer garden and plenty of space for the kids (and your pups!) to play, spread out and enjoy a day under the Wauwatosa summer sun.
Tosa Farmers Market offers locally-grown, fresh produce and food products crafted by local artisans every Saturday through October 16th from 8am to noon. Discover your new favorite weekend treat while supporting local business owners!
Another must-visit place to explore this summer is 1st and Bowl, Milwaukee’s first-ever football bowling bar that has games galore. Haven’t heard of football bowling? Check them out and you won’t be disappointed — it combines two of our favorite things! Reserve a space to play outdoor Backyard Football Bowling or head to their outdoor beer garden filled with bean bag toss stations.
Last but certainly not least, the Mayfair Collection is the perfect destination to walk around and shop through 400,000 square feet of stores. Plus, you can enjoy live music at their summer concert series through August 19th (Thursdays from 6-9 pm).
What to eat:
One of our favorite ways to dine in Wauwatosa is outdoors! Ca’Lucchenzo’s refreshed outdoor patio is the perfect place to devour homemade pasta dishes while tasting hand-selected wine pairings and delicious cocktails.
A few blocks down on North Avenue, you can find Wauwatiki – a vibrant restaurant that brings the tropics to Tosa. Enjoy island-inspired drinks and 100% gluten-free food options, including the Hawaiian Fried Rice, Tiki Burger, and Haddock Fish Fry.
Located in East Tosa, 69th Street Plaza is the ultimate summer spot for all things sweet. Pick up Rocket Baby Bakery’s summer creations or scoop a donut from Cranky Al’s — then, enjoy the plaza covered in string lights and fun seating options. Bonus points if you take a picture in front of Tosa’s magical murals that can be found right across the street!
If you’re looking to really cater to your sweet tooth cravings, head over to Tosa Village for Black Twig Bakery. They always have their full menu of tasty treats, but you’ll really want to take a peek at their exclusive menu featuring flavors of the month.
For the ultimate summer treat, stop by The Ruby Tap for their frosé freeze pops, which are available in 4, 6, and 12 packs. They also have an outdoor patio for you to enjoy your drink of choice under the summer sun.
Where to stay:
Located just a short commute from the Milwaukee County Zoo and other Tosa gems, The Residence Inn Milwaukee West is a perfect place to book your weekend getaway.
You also can’t go wrong with the Renaissance Hotel Milwaukee West, Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West, or Homewood Suites by Hilton Wauwatosa Milwaukee — especially, if you plan to spend a lot of time at the Mayfair Collection during your visit.
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 @cheersmilwaukee