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Want to know exactly how much walking is involved in our guided sightseeing and tasting tour of the Historic Third Ward? Do you wish to purchase an open-ended gift certificates for our tours? Are private Milwaukee sightseeing and food tasting tours  offered?

See below for answers – chances are you’ll find everything you’re looking for! Then go ahead and make your reservation for one of our award-winning food and culture tours of Milwaukee and let’s discover the city together!

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Is advance purchase required? Is cash accepted?
Tickets must be purchased in advance, as space is limited per tour. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Cash is not accepted.

What happens if it rains or snows?
The tours are held rain, shine or snow! We encourage you to dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions. For our tours, we will go inside all of the establishments on the tour while dining, unless the weather is ideal for outdoor patio dining in which case we may eat outdoors. In the extremely rare event that the tour has to be canceled, you will be able to reschedule to another time or receive a full refund.

If a tour is sold out, is there a waiting list?
If a date/time is sold out or not listed as an available tour date, there is always a chance that if requested, we can add an additional tour on that date/time. Please email theresa@milwaukeefoodtours.com to let us know what date you are interested in.

What is the maximum number of people per tour?
In order to provide an intimate, personalized experience, the public tour options are limited to 16 people per tour guide. For private tours, additional tour guides can be added to accommodate additional attendees - we have hosted up to 200 guests on a tour as a result to rave reviews.

How much food is served on the tour? What sort of food will I be sampling?
Each of our food tours contain 4 - 6 stops for tastings, and the foods we sample always include tasty items desired by any foodie and at least one, 5-ounce sample of Wisconsin-brewed beer (and occasionally other spirits - particularly on our Bloody Third Ward Bloody Mary Brunch tour). Keep in mind that food-tasting locations vary from tour to tour and may change without notice. Enough food is served that for the vast majority of our attendees, a meal afterwards is not necessary. We are proud that at the end of tours we often hear "I was expecting a tasting but this was a full meal!" You will not be disappointed - we consider our tours a progressive meal with a side of history. And, each attendee will also receive a complimentary packet of spices so that they can bring the tastes of Milwaukee into their own kitchen! Please note: food is not provided on our Photo Walk  or our Sightseeing City Tour.

Are beverages provided?
Yes, water as well as at least one, 5-ounce sample of Wisconsin-brewed beer is always included on each of our food tours. Occasionally other spirits are offered for sampling as well. Our Bloody Third Ward Bloody Mary Brunch tour provides four, 6-ounce Bloody Mary’s for consumption. For underage participants or those uninterested in alcoholic drinks, root beer and/or lemonade is offered. In addition, all of the tasting locations are able to sell additional beverages to attendees, however, this is not encouraged as we will only spend approximately 20 minutes in each restaurant and do not want our guests to feel rushed in enjoying a beverage. If you do choose to purchase additional beverages, please be sure to bring cash with you to do so. Please note: beverages are not provided on our Photo Walk or Sightseeing City Tour offering.

What about dietary restrictions?
We will do our best to accommodate any dietary restrictions provided we are aware of them in advance. Please notify us of any dietary restrictions you have upon purchasing your tickets. If you have further questions, please email theresa@milwaukeefoodtours.com to inquire.

Do we just walk or ride around and sample food or take photos?
Absolutely not! Milwaukee has a wonderful, rich history and our attendees hear the history of the city and learn about the many ethnic influences that shaped our great city. Aside from sampling delicious food or taking amazing photos, you will be provided with cultural insight of the neighborhood. The tours are fully narrated by your guide who will discuss history, culture, architecture and entertainment offerings while leading you to both well-known and newer establishments.

What restaurants do we visit on the food tours?
It's a surprise! We will visit a variety of excellent eateries, but do keep in mind that the tour routes and thereby the exact restaurants we visit may vary from tour to tour.

How much walking is included?
Walking tours last between 2 and 2.5 hours depending on the pace of our group. Each of our walking tour routes is approximately one mile with the exception of our  Wauwatosa tour, which requires even less walking. We always walk at a moderate pace. Private tours via pedicab, limo or bus can be arranged with advanced notice. We also offer many bus tour options, which require minimal walking.

Can I bring children on the tour?
We offer an adolescent ticket, and children ages 7 and younger may come on the tour free of charge. Please do notify us if you will be bringing any children ages 7 or younger upon purchasing your tickets. Keep in mind that we will be discussing cultural and history, and much of the tour is walking and socializing. Please consider whether your children will enjoy the tour and whether it is appropriate for them.

Can I shop on the tour?
We ask that you wait to shop until after the tour so that we can stay on schedule and continue in a timely manner. We recommend that you allow time at the end of the tour to return to your favorite locations and/or stores, and provide a Tasting Guide which will include addresses of each establishment as well as discount coupons for your return visit. For private group tours, additional time for shopping can easily be incorporated into the tour per your advance request to do so.

Does the tour end at the same place we meet?
Most of our tours begin and end in the same location, however, our Photo Walk route does not and requires walking approximately a four-blocks to return to the starting point. Your guide will provide detailed return directions, which can be accomplished via foot, pedicab, taxi, or bus.

Is the tour wheelchair and baby stroller accessible?
Yes, our walking tour routes are wheelchair accessible and baby stroller friendly. At this time, please note that our bus tours are not accessible.

Are bathrooms available during the tour?
Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at select locations.

Is there parking near to the tour's meeting point?
Yes, there is parking located near each of our tour route meeting points. Specific parking details are included in the meeting location directions which you will receive after purchasing your tour tickets.

Does this tour have anything to offer a native Milwaukeean?
Definitely! Many of our attendees live right here in Milwaukee. Locals often attend to learn about the neighborhoods and the city in which they live. Our knowledgeable guides will tell you exciting secrets about the city and perhaps introduce you to new favorites! Tour attendees often say, "I’ve lived here my entire life and never explored Milwaukee like I did today."

Are cameras allowed?
Yes, visitors are allowed and encouraged to take pictures at any of the establishments we visit. And on our Photo Walk, you are highly encouraged to bring a camera!

Are pets allowed?
Pets are not allowed on our tours.

Are tours offered only in English?
Yes, at this time, we only offer tours in English. Please email us at Theresa@milwaukeefoodtours.com if you would like to make arrangements for your own interpreter to join the tour.

Does the tour leader accept gratuities?
Gratuities are greatly appreciated, although not mandatory.

Do you offer gift certificates?
Give the gift of exploring the sights and flavors of Milwaukee's most historic and delicious neighborhoods with a gift certificate for a Milwaukee Food & City Tours experience! These make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, corporate incentives or simply to say "Thank You" or "Welcome to Your New Home." The recipient selects their tour route of choice plus schedules the tour at a time convenient to their schedule. The guided, narrated neighborhood walking tour price of $45 per person includes all food and drink portions, as well as taxes and shipping cost! Click HERE for complete details and to purchase a gift certificate.

Do you offer private tours?
Yes! Many of our private tours are identical to our public tours but can be customized to suit your group's needs and interests. For example, additional time for shopping can be added into the experience or walking can be eliminated from routes, etc. Besides our public walking tour options, we also offer several public bus tours.  We even have our very fun Beer, Brats & Bowling Tour (we even ‘schlemiel, schlimazel’ with Fonzie on this tour) and our signature Progressive Lunch/Day in Ethnic Milwaukee Tour. To book a private tour, simple email Theresa at theresa@milwaukeefoodtours.com to request your desired tour date.