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Local Points of Interest


With its location just outside of Milwaukee, Wauwatosa residents and visitors have access to that major city’s vast array of attractions. The area is home to world-class museums, an official U.S. Olympic Speedskating Training Site, MillerCoors and a variety of microbreweries, major league baseball and basketball teams and much more.

On the local front, the Village of Wauwatosa, also referred to as Tosa Village, serves as a major draw for shoppers, diners, history buffs and entertainment enthusiasts. There’s a distinct European feel in the heart of the Village, brought here by the first European settlers in the mid-1800s. The pedestrian and bicycle-friendly area is filled with stores and restaurants with seasonal outdoor dining reminiscent of some of the great villages of Europe. Positioned along the Menomonee River, the district houses an eclectic mixture of businesses – from quaint boutiques, galleries and restaurants to major grocery stores and banks – with many located within restored historic buildings. Visitors interested in learning more about these historic structures and the Village’s rich past are invited to take a self-guided walking tour of the charming district. Brochures developed by the Wauwatosa Historical Society, are available for just $1 at The Little Read Book, Magpie Jewelry and the Little Red Store in the Village.

Local Points of Interest

The Little Red Store is a Wauwatosa treasure. The oldest commercial building in Tosa, built in 1854, the Little Red Store served as the community’s first railroad depot and express office, and it remains the oldest standing post office building in Milwaukee County. The Little Red Store was designated a city landmark in 1978 and a historic structure in 1998, following a community-wide preservation effort to restore the building. It is now operated by the Wauwatosa Historical Society and serves as a Welcome Center for the Village area.

The Village of Wauwatosa is also home to many community events and gatherings, including the Tosa Farmers’ Market, live music shows, holiday festivities, wine tastings and the annual community celebration, TosaFest. For more than 30 years, the community has come together each September for a tradition of music, food, family fun and a celebration of community spirit. Proceeds from TosaFest support community projects in the areas of education, safety and neighborhood improvement. Countless volunteers work year-round to create this memorable event that entertains and benefits the whole community. Festival-goers enjoy live music, delicious food, arts & crafts, kids activities, the Chili Cookoff & Bakeoff, a 5K Run/2-mile Fun Walk and more.


Nearly 1.3 million visitors each year enjoy the Milwaukee County Zoo, located on the south end of Wauwatosa. More than 2,200 mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles make their home at this beautiful zoo. In addition to its regular and special animal exhibits, the zoo presents live animal shows, exciting educational opportunities in cooperation with the Zoological Society of Milwaukee and a calendar year chock full of events for the whole family.

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