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  • "The Bronze Fonz," a statue in the image of the character The Fonz, played by Henry Winkler in the 1970s series "Happy Days," along the Milwaukee Riverwalk.

      "The Bronze Fonz," a statue in the image of the character The Fonz, played by Henry Winkler in the 1970s series "Happy Days," along the Milwaukee Riverwalk.
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  • The monument for Valentin Blatz at Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee.

      The monument for Valentin Blatz at Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee.
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  • Miller brewery worker Steve Greene looking over cans as they go by on the line at Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee. The brewery offers an indoor and outdoor guided walking tour.

      Miller brewery worker Steve Greene looking over cans as they go by on the line at Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee. The brewery offers an indoor and outdoor guided walking tour.
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  • Actor Henry Winkler, left, poses with a bronze statue of the Arthur "The Fonz," Fonzarelli, at an unveiling in Milwaukee. The statue can be seen along the riverwalk which spans nearly three miles along the Milwaukee River.

      Actor Henry Winkler, left, poses with a bronze statue of the Arthur "The Fonz," Fonzarelli, at an unveiling in Milwaukee. The statue can be seen along the riverwalk which spans nearly three miles along the Milwaukee River.
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  • Mary Rinzel, who works at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, films "The Bronze Fonz," a statue in the image of the character The Fonz, played by Henry Winkler in the 1970s series "Happy Days," along the Milwaukee Riverwalk.

      Mary Rinzel, who works at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, films "The Bronze Fonz," a statue in the image of the character The Fonz, played by Henry Winkler in the 1970s series "Happy Days," along the Milwaukee Riverwalk.
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  • St. Joan of Arc Chapel in Milwaukee, dedicated to the French saint, was donated to Marquette University in the 1960s after being in France for more than 500 years.

      St. Joan of Arc Chapel in Milwaukee, dedicated to the French saint, was donated to Marquette University in the 1960s after being in France for more than 500 years.
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  • The exterior of the St. Joan of Arc Chapel in Milwaukee. The chapel, dedicated to the French saint, was donated to Marquette University in the 1960s, after being in France for more than 500 years.

      The exterior of the St. Joan of Arc Chapel in Milwaukee. The chapel, dedicated to the French saint, was donated to Marquette University in the 1960s, after being in France for more than 500 years.
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  • The interior of St. Joan of Arc Chapel in Milwaukee.

      The interior of St. Joan of Arc Chapel in Milwaukee.
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  • Chapel guide Patricia Goodson-Ramirez rests her hand on the stone said to have been kissed by Joan of Arc, at the St. Joan of Arc Chapel in Milwaukee.

      Chapel guide Patricia Goodson-Ramirez rests her hand on the stone said to have been kissed by Joan of Arc, at the St. Joan of Arc Chapel in Milwaukee.
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  • The monument for the Pabst family of Pabst Brewing Co. is located in the Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee. The cemetery is in the heart of Milwaukee's south side and lists six beer barons.

      The monument for the Pabst family of Pabst Brewing Co. is located in the Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee. The cemetery is in the heart of Milwaukee's south side and lists six beer barons.
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MILWAUKEE -- Beer is still a big deal in Milwaukee despite the fact that most of the large breweries that once called it home have long since moved elsewhere.

There are restaurants that brew their own beer, beer gardens (which are patios on which to drink beer), beer tastings and brewery tours. How could some of the free things in the city NOT be related to beer? Believe it or not, there are a few other fun things as well.

Miller brewery tour

The indoor and outdoor guided walking tour features sights of the high-speed packaging lines, the shipping distribution center with typically a half-million cases of beer, a cave where beer was stored before mechanical refrigeration and the brew house. There's also a replica of the Plank Road Brewery, what Frederick Miller originally purchased and later turned into Miller. And of course, you get free beer at the end. Visit: factorytour.com/tours/miller brewing. cfm for information.

Forest Home Cemetery

The cemetery in the heart of Milwaukee's south side is the resting place of some of the city's founders -- like Byron Kilbourn -- but it's also where you can find some who built Milwaukee's beer kingdom. The cemetery lists six beer barons, including Jacob Best who founded Pabst Brewery, Pabst's namesake Frederic Pabst, and Valentin Blatz, who produced Blatz beer until it was sold to Pabst Brewing Co in 1959. Here's more information about the cemetery: foresthomecemetery.com/.

Milwaukee Riverwalk featuring the Bronz Fonz

It spans nearly three miles along the Milwaukee River, running from the East Side, through downtown and into the Third Ward neighborhood. It goes past the Bronze Fonz, erected in 2008 when most of the cast of "Happy Days," including "The Fonz" Henry Winkler, came to Milwaukee for the dedication. Though no scenes were filmed in Milwaukee, "Happy Days" took place in Milwaukee during its TV run from 1974 to 1984. Winkler has been known to stop by the statue when visiting Milwaukee, so if you're lucky you might run into both versions of Arthur Fonzarelli. There's also 4-foot bronze statue of Gertie the Duck and her hatchlings along the Wisconsin Avenue bridge. She won worldwide fame in the 1940s, as she was trying to care for her ducklings atop a hollowed-out piling in the river.

St. Joan of Arc Chapel

Originally known as the Chapelle de St. Martin de Sayssuel, it sat in the Rhone River Valley in the village of Chasse in France for at least 500 years. It's said that Joan of Arc prayed before a statue of Our Lady standing on a stone and at the end kissed the stone, which was said to be colder than the stones surrounding it. The stone has since been added to the chapel. A railroad magnate's daughter acquired the chapel in 1926 and it was brought, stone by stone, to Long Island, N.Y. It was later passed to the estate of a couple who donated it to Marquette University in 1964. It was dismantled once again and a fleet of trucks, each truck carrying 40,000 pounds, brought the chapel stones to Milwaukee. It was reconstructed on campus and dedicated to St. Joan of Arc in 1966. The school says it's the only medieval structures in North and South America still used for its original purpose. Find more information here: marquette.edu/chapel/index.shtml.

Milwaukee's lakefront

Start on the south end of Lincoln Memorial Drive at around noon and watch the wings of the Milwaukee Art Museum, designed by famous architect Santiago Calatrava, close and reopen. About two miles north, there's Bradford Beach, where you can watch volleyball, stroll along the water or catch rays. About a mile north of that is Lake Park, overlooking the lake, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. He's the founder of landscape architecture and also the designer of New York City's Central Park. You might also catch lawn bowling clubs competing in the summer or take a walk past the North Point Lighthouse, built in 1855 and known to be the only lighthouse that's in an Olmsted urban park.

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