Attractions to Explore in Milwaukee
The Holiday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront hotel is located on the banks of the Milwaukee River and is only minutes from the heart of downtown. Home of rich history, exciting landmarks, and vibrant nightlife, Wisconsin's largest city plays host to a bevy of wonderful attractions. Milwaukee's flourishing dining and brewery scene, dynamic sports arenas, and out of this world museums provide visitors a peek of the serene but effervescent culture of the Cream City. Nestled along the shores and bluffs of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee also offers easy access to some of the country's very best sailing, windsurfing, and fishing. Whether you're in town for a convention or for a concert spectacular like Summerfest, Milwaukee promises entertaining and remarkable experiences for everyone.
Open to the public year round, this extraordinary manor maintains the legacy of beer baron Captain Frederick Pabst, his family, and their influence on the inhabitants, history, and culture of Milwaukee and its surrounding cities. Guests are privy to guided tours, wine and beer samplings, as well as breath taking art collections that have been methodically refurbished through the support of the mansions volunteers and contributors.
Distance from Hotel: 5.6 miles
Milwaukee County Zoo
With over 2,000 animals representing 300 species, this 200 acre zoological phenomenon aims to educate and stimulate visitors of all ages. Zoo-goers will be enthralled with the educational wildlife shows, captivated by the charming attractions, and amazed at the alluring special events.
Distance from Hotel: 11.9 miles
The Great Outdoors
Sea Dog Sailing
Whether it's a moonlit cruise or a surprise extended voyage you desire, Captain Bob De Vorse and the Quinn Marie, a 38-foot sailing yacht, are set to make your time on the water an experience you won't soon forget. Cruise Milwaukee's lakefront as a guest or as a sailor and enjoy all that lies beyond the shoreline.
Distance from Hotel: 5.4 miles
Conveniently located right across the river from our Milwaukee hotel, Estabrook Park has plenty activities for a day of fun! With fantastic river views, the park is also home to hiking and biking trails, a playground, athletic fields, picnic areas, a Frisbee golf course, skate park, and an outdoor Beer Garden. Estabrook Park is a favorite among adults and children alike!
Distance from Hotel: 1 mile
Edelweiss Boats - Milwaukee River Cruise Line
Featuring the largest fleet variety in the Milwaukee area, Edelweiss Cruises remains one of the city's premier boat travel companies. Accommodating weddings, private and corporate events, and their standard river tours, the cruise line also plays host to a bevy of themed voyages including; Sunday Champagne Brunch, Saturday Surf 'n Turf Dinner, City Skyline, Oktoberfest Dinner, Weekend Margarita Fiesta, and Kids Pirate cruises.
Distance from Hotel: 4.1 miles
Shopping and Entertainment
Bayshore Town Center
A mall that truly has it all! Shop and discover more than 125 fashion and specialty vendors, take in a movie at IPIC Theaters, sit down for a meal at one of the various restaurants or food outlets, and even bowl a few frames at Pinstrikes. The options are almost limitless at Bayshore Town Center.
Distance from Hotel: 1.6 miles
Recognized as "The World's Largest Music Festival", Summerfest hosts over 800 bands and 900,000 fans over 11 days at Henry Maier Festival Park. Check out our page for more details about this year's lineup, a map of the park's grounds, and directions to the venue from our hotel.
Distance from Hotel: 6.8 miles
Milwaukee Public Market
Experience a high quality assortment of artisan and cultural goods and freshly-made foodstuffs while shopping the independent merchants of the Milwaukee Public Market. Offering public cooking classes as well as private event rental, you're sure to enjoy Milwaukee's most unique downtown food destination!
Distance from Hotel: 4.9 miles
Find high-class restaurant products designed for chefs, restauranteurs, and food enthusiasts alike at Boelter SuperStore. With over 10,000 professional grade cooking utensils on hand, the food lover in all of us will come full-circle in Milwaukee!
Distance from Hotel: 0.7 miles
Check out some of the most exciting musical acts to hit Brew Town. The Budweiser Pavilion is open for the Wednesday Night Live summer concert series, Wisconsin State Fair, Harvest Fair, and the ASA race.
Distance from Hotel: 10.2 miles
Miller Park - Home of the Milwaukee Brewers
As one of the most unique sporting venues in the country, Miller Park plays host to everything that is great about the summer season…beer and baseball. The Brewers, who compete in the National League's Central Division, are poised to provide some excitement and hopefully send Bernie down his slide more times than he can count during your visit to the park.
Distance from Hotel: 8.5 miles
UW - Milwaukee Panther Arena - Home of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Panthers
Boasting a capacity of 12,700, The UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena has hosted both college and professional basketball, hockey, circuses, concerts, motorsports and more since being built in 1950. Its featured inhabitant, the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Panthers NCAA men's basketball team, competes in the Horizon League.
Distance from Hotel: 4.4 miles
BMO Harris Bradley Center - Home of the Milwaukee Bucks
The BMO Harris Bradley Center is home to three of Milwaukee's most prominent sports teams; the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA, the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL, and the Marquette University Golden Eagles NCAA men's basketball team. The location hosts an estimated 1.2 million people each year, and continues to be a hotspot in downtown Milwaukee.
Distance from Hotel: 4.7 miles
Museums and Culture
Harley Davidson Museum
Showcasing the Harley-Davidson Motor Company's history and motorcycles through a variety of exhibits, this museum is heaven on earth for all motorcycle enthusiasts. With more than 450 motorcycles and artifacts, an on-site restaurant, and exclusive merchandise available, the Harley Davidson Museum is an experience in its own right.
Distance from Hotel: 5.6 miles
Founded by Robert Powrie Harland, Sr., this science and technology center focuses on innovation as well as Great Lakes education and conservation. The museum contains various interactive exhibits, the Reiman Aquarium, two theaters, and is home to Wisconsin's official flagship, the Denis Sullivan, a fully functional sailing vessel modeled after a 19th-century Great Lakes schooner.
Distance from Hotel: 6.5 miles
Miller Brewery Visitor Center & Girl in the Moon Brewery Shop
The Miller Visitor Center provides its guests an indoor/outdoor guided walking tour of Miller Valley, home to over 155 years of brewing history. This free, one-hour excursion blends history with modern technology to demonstrate how far this storied brewer has come. Conclude your tour with some ice cold beer samples to cap off what is guaranteed to be both an informative and refreshing journey.
Distance from Hotel: 6.3 miles
Milwaukee Art Museum
The 341,000-square-foot arts center vaunts an incredible 30,000 works comprised of American decorative arts, German Expressionism, folk and Haitian art, and American art after 1960. With education being an integral part of the museum's success, patrons are welcome to take part in classes, tours, and a full calendar of events.
Distance from Hotel: 5.9 miles
Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery
Named for its founders, Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery is ideal for a history lesson and some fun. The setting is perfect for corporate or individual events, as well as what it was originally created for - a tall cold one.
Distance from Hotel: 4.6 miles
Featured Local Area Dining
Check out this café and bar on the East Side of Milwaukee! Specializing in from-scratch comfort foods, all day breakfast and Sunday Bacon Nights, this is a great restaurant to enjoy with all your friends and family.
414-273-7677 | 1947 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202 | Directions
If you are looking for the most authentic Mexican food in all of Milwaukee, look no further than Cempazuchi. Enjoy exceptional authentic dishes including Fajitas de Nortenos, Tostada Florentina and Empanadas de Hongo!
414-291-5233 | 1205 E Brady St, Milwaukee, WI 53202 | Directions
Not only was Honeypie featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Honeypie was also recognized by FoodNation with Bobby Flay. Honeypie makes all their Mid-Western inspired food from scratch using local meats, produce and various ingredients. Be sure to make this a stop on your next Milwaukee visit and try their famous hearty short rib sandwich, the Short Stout.
414-489-7437 | 2643 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207 | Directions
Milwaukee’s Lakefront Brewery has been in business for over 27 years and is located right on the Milwaukee River. Come and enjoy award winning beer and delicious food at the Lakefront Brewery and even take a tour of the facility!
414-372-8800 | 1872 North Commerce St. , Milwaukee, WI 53212 | Directions
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