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Things to Do while in Milwaukee and the Surrounding Area

Milwaukee is a fabulous city and there is no end of things to do while you are here.  Below is a list of interesting locations to see and experience.  Many of these are in walking distance of the hotel, others are a short cab ride away, and some are listed for those of you who may be arriving early or leaving late and are looking for a day trip.  Between the lakefront, historic neighborhoods, great museums, and great theatre Milwaukee has lots to offer.

VISIT MILWAUKEE is a wonderful site with lots of information.  Their website is:  http://www.visitmilwaukee.org/

Here are some of our suggestions as you plan your trip to our beautiful city.

Within Milwaukee - Walking Distance

The Historic Third Ward:  Just three blocks south of downtown Milwaukee, the Historic Third Ward is known as “Milwaukee’s Arts and Fashion District” and offers the city’s most dynamic array of restaurants, spas, theaters, galleries and unique shopping, all in a historic warehouse setting. The neighborhood is also the home to the award-winning Third Ward Riverwalk and the Milwaukee Public Market.  The Broadway Theatre Center houses the Skylight Opera, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, and Renaissance Theatreworks.

This location is in easy walking distance of the hotel.  For more information:  http://www.historicthirdward.org/

Milwaukee Art Museum:  Wisconsin's foremost art institution since 1888. Celebrated art, dramatic architecture, and scenic gardens make this a must see. Discover Wisconsin's premier destination for art and culture. Located on the shore of Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Art Museum is a marvel both inside and out. Spend an hour or the day—there is always something new to discover.  Permanent collection features 15th - 20th century paintings, sculptures and decorative arts by European and American masters. Nationally distinguished American and Haitian Folk Art collections.

This is about a 20 minute walk from the conference hotel.  For more information:
700 N. Art Museum Drive
Milwaukee WI 53202
Open every day from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday's 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Milwaukee Public Museum: The Milwaukee Public Museum, one of the largest in the United States, is a museum of human and natural history providing a dynamic and stimulating environment for learning, with something to excite and challenge visitors with a diversity of interests.  The museum is just blocks from the Hilton Hotel and features an IMAX theatre and a Planetarium.

800 W. Wells Street
Milwaukee WI 53233

Pabst MansionIn 1892, the Flemish Renaissance Revival Mansion of Captain Frederick Pabst, world famous beer baron, accomplished sea captain, real estate developer, philanthropist and patron of the arts, was completed. From the day the house was inhabited, it was considered the jewel of Milwaukee's famous avenue of mansions called Grand Avenue and represented the epitome of America's Gilded Age Splendor in Milwaukee.

The Pabst Mansion is a testament to Pabst's success, his love of life and his German heritage. Boasting stunning interiors, elegant original furnishings, elaborate wall coverings, the finest wood craftsmanship, intricate ironwork, brilliant stained glass, and rare art, the Mansion helped make the 1890's the "Pabst Decade" in Milwaukee. 

2000 West Wisconsin Avenue

Discovery World:  Discovery World's hands-on exhibits, live shows, interactive labs, S/V Denis Sullivan schooner, and aquarium combine innovation, technology, exploration, environment and fun.  Discovery World is located on beautiful Lake Michigan right next to the Milwaukee Art Museum.  This is a great place if you have brought children with you!

500 N. Harbor Drive

A longer walk or cab ride will take you to the following sites

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory - The DomesA short cab ride away, the Domes is a great horticultural wonderland.  Enjoy a trip through Milwaukee's tropical rainforest, a journey through our desert oasis or the spectacular beauty of the seasonal floral garden. This is the only structure of its kind in the world. Annually over 250,000 patrons visit the domes.

524 S. Layton Boulevard
Phone: 414 649-9830

Miller Brewery Visitor Center:  Experience the brewing process first-hand on the Miller Brewery Tour. A one-hour, guided walking tour provides an in depth look into the history and craftsmanship of Miller beers.  We understand that this is a highlight for many visitors to Milwaukee!

4251 W. State Street, Milwaukee WI 53208

Potawatomi Bingo Casino: One of the Midwest's premiere entertainment destinations offering the best in bingo, blackjack, craps, roulette, slot gaming and poker.  There is great dining here along with pretty amazing people-watching opportunities!

1721 W. Canal Street
Milwaukee WI 53233

Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin:   For those of you interested in this architect with roots in Wisconsin, there are many places to go to see his creations – both near and far.  For more information, see:  http://www.wrightinwisconsin.org/

If you are looking to go farther afield…

Ten Chimneys:   "The Tour of a Lifetime." National Historic Landmark estate of legendary 20th Century Broadway actors Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.  Located about 30 minutes from Milwaukee, this is a beautiful estate and a marvelous museum – unique and well-worth visiting.

S43 W31575 Depot Road
Genesee Depot WI 53127

Historic Cedarburg:  Visit Cedarburg and experience for yourself its historic feel, small-town ambience and friendly people who have made this city one of the Midwest's leading travel destinations.  You will find museums, shopping, fine arts, and a winery!  Cedarburg is 17 miles north of Milwaukee.  For a memorable shopping experience, visit Historic Cedar Creek Settlement, a restored 1864 woolen mill on the banks of Cedar Creek. Take a winery tour and shop for everything from antiques to fine arts, from jewelry to unique gift and specialty items. More than 30 stores, artist's studios and restaurants.


Old World WisconsinThe Midwest's largest outdoor living history museum depicts the lives of immigrants to the rural heartland. See costumed interpreters and more than 50 restored structures.  Return to Wisconsin of the late 19th century, when waves of immigrants came to America's heartland in search of a better life.  This is the Midwest’s largest outdoor living history museum.  Open through the end of October.


S103 W37890 Highway 67
Eagle, WI 53119
Phone: (262) 594-6300



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