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Looking for things to do in Downtown Milwaukee? Experience the rich history and culture of downtown Milwaukee by visiting some of our authentic Milwaukee attractions during your stay. Make memories while you discover several extraordinary things to do at various downtown Milwaukee events and locations.

Tour Lakefront Brewery
Milwaukee is the "Brew City". Tour the Lakefront Brewery for $7 including four free pours of the local brew. Be sure to keep your pint glass as a souvenir. In addition to offering brewery tours, Lakefront Brewery serves up another Milwaukee tradition at their Friday night fish fry from 4 pm to 9 pm in the Brewery's Palm Garden. The Brew House Polka Kings add extra flavor to the night with song and dance from 6 pm until 9 pm. Brewery tours for guests of the fish fry are available starting at 5:30 pm.

Tour times:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 2 pm and 3 pm
Wednesday: 3 pm
Friday: 2 pm, 3 pm, 3:30 pm, 6 pm, 6:30 pm, 7 pm, 7:30 pm and 8pm
Saturday: 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm
Sundays: 2 pm

(414) 372-8800
1872 North Commerce Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212-3701
~ 1 mile from InterContinental Milwaukee

Tour The Pabst Mansion
Visit the former home of the Milwaukee beer baron, Captain Frederick Pabst. The Pabst Mansion boasts stunning interiors, original furnishings, elaborate wall coverings, fine wood craftsmanship, intricate ironwork, brilliant stained glass, and rare art. This Mansion helped make the 1890's the "Pabst Decade" in Milwaukee.

Monday – Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday: noon to 4:00 pm

(414) 931-0808
2000 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233-2004
~ 2 miles from the InterContinental Milwaukee

Blu Martini Bar at the Historic Pfister Hotel
Looking for romantic things to do in downtown Milwaukee? Blu is home to cocktails, sassy martinis, world-class wines and awe-inspiring views. Adult contemporary music and a sensual, swanky club feel create the ideal ambiance for you to sit back, relax and unwind. Enjoy their downtown Milwaukee events like their live music weekends from 8 pm - 12 am. Sink into a soft wing-back chair surrounded by warm mahogany and take in panoramic views of downtown Milwaukee and Lake Michigan. Known as The Pfister's 23rd-floor gem in the sky, Blu is one of the most popular martini bars in the city of Milwaukee. Voted Milwaukee's Best Romantic Bar - Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee 2007.

424 E Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI. 53202
~ 4 blocks from the InterContinental Milwaukee on the 23rd floor of the Pfister Hotel

The RiverWalk
The RiverWalk meanders through downtown along the Milwaukee River. It runs six blocks on both sides of the river from Highland Avenue to Clybourn Street. Be on the lookout for the dozen or so sculptures along the way, which range from the cleverly humorous ("Twisted Fish" by Dan Johnson) to the straightforward ("Gertie the Duck"). Walk to third ward and enjoy a beer on the patio of The Milwaukee Ale House.

Veteran's Park and The Oakleaf Trail This park is about a mile from the InterContinental Milwaukee. It is perfect for a morning workout or an afternoon stroll. Looking for stuff to do in downtown Milwaukee? Rent a kite from the shop in the park or sit on the pier and watch the boats in the bay.

Old World Third Street
About two and a half blocks from the InterContinental Milwaukee is old German Town, now Old World Third Street. This is the place to go to experience Milwaukee's true German heritage. Be sure to visit the Old German Beer Hall, Usinger's Sausage Factory, and have dinner or lunch at Maders' – a 100 year old German eatery featuring a unique collection of German antiquities. You must take a picture in the "giant chair" as you enter Maders'; it is a tradition.

The Milwaukee Cheese Mart & Cheese Bar
What would a visit to the dairy state be if you did not visit the Wisconsin Cheese Mart? Milwaukee attractions in this location are famous for offering the largest selection of Wisconsin made cheeses! Shop here and sample some of Wisconsin's finest cheese offerings.

Monday – Wednesday: 9:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Thursday – Saturday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Sunday: noon to 6:00 pm

(414) 272-3544
1048 N. 3rd Street
Milwaukee, WI 53203
~ 2.5 blocks from the InterContinental Milwaukee

Milwaukee Public Market
The Milwaukee Public Market is bursting with unique, high quality selections of artisan and ethnic products and freshly-prepared foods from independent merchants.
The market showcases a variety of cooking classes in The Madame Kuony Demonstration Kitchen. Classes feature instructors ranging from vendors and local chefs to nationally known cookbook authors. The Palm Garden and kitchen areas are also available for corporate team building events, company functions, and private parties. Contact our staff today for your next event.

Monday – Friday: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Early Open Hours:
Weekdays: 7 am (only applies to C. Adams Bakery & Cedarburg Coffee Roastry)

Late Night Hours: Thursday – Saturday: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
(only applies to Buffalo Water Beer Bar & Thief Wine Bar)

400 N Water Street
Milwaukee, WI. 53202
~ 6 blocks from the InterContinental Milwaukee

Milwaukee Public Museum
No visit to the museum is complete without a stroll down the streets of Old Milwaukee. The exhibit is a turn-of-the-last-century city scene built in three-quarter scale. One of the popular Milwaukee points of interest, it boasts stores, saloons and creaky wooden sidewalks. The museum also features a butterfly wing, an IMAX theater and a planetarium.

Monday – Wednesday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday & Friday: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

(414) 278-2702
800 West Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
~ .5 miles from the InterContinental Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Art Museum
The Calatrava addition to the art museum has become the architectural symbol of Milwaukee. Conde Nast Traveler has called it one of the modern wonders of the world. Visit at noon when it is not too windy to view the closing and opening of the building's giant wing-like movable sun shades.

Wednesday – Sunday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

(414) 224-3200
700 Art Museum Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
~ 1 mile from the InterContinental Milwaukee

Visit the Harley Davidson Museum
The Harley-Davidson Museum is 130,000-square-feet of Harley-Davidson freedom, camaraderie and pride. The museum features motorcycles and artifacts of the company's long history and culture. The establishment is a testimony to the legendary bikes, the people who built them and the individuals who have loved the powerful rumble.

Monday – Wednesday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Friday – Saturday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

(414) 287-2700
500 West Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53203
~ 1.5 miles from the InterContinental Milwaukee

Tour The Charles Allis Art Museum
Designed by prominent Milwaukee architect Alexander Eschweiler for Charles Allis, the first president of Allis Chalmers, and his wife Sarah in 1911, this unique Tudor-style mansion and art collection was built with the sole purpose of bequeathing it to the public to delight, educate and inspire. The permanent collection features 19th Century French and American Paintings, Chinese and Japanese porcelains, Renaissance bronzes, Japanese netsuke, and original antique furnishings.
The Charles Allis Art Museum is one of the few such ensembles preserved intact in its original form and some items in the collection are the only known examples of their kind in existence. To complement this collection, the museum holds several changing exhibitions each year featuring works by Wisconsin artists.

Wednesday – Sunday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

(414) 278-8295
1801 N Prospect Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
~ 2 miles from the InterContinental Milwaukee

Tour Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
Overlooking Lake Michigan, the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum was designed and built in the style of an Italian Renaissance villa by architect David Adler in 1923. The building was originally the residence of former A.O. Smith president, Lloyd Smith, and his family. The museum features fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th through the 18th centuries, wrought-iron masterpieces by Cyril Colnik, the Renaissance Garden and several changing exhibitions.

Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday: Closed

(414) 271-3656
2220 North Terrace Avenue
Milwaukee, WI. 53202
~ 2 miles from the InterContinental Milwaukee


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