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Explore A Myriad of Attractions in Downtown Milwaukee

Our landmark Art Deco hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Milwaukee’s arts and entertainment district, just moments from the city’s best attractions, museums, dining, nightlife, shopping, parks and beautiful Lake Michigan- home of Bradford Beach.

Guests can easily explore this vibrant neighborhood on foot or drive to top attractions like Miller Coors Brewery, the Mitchell Park Horticultural Society (The Domes), Potawatomi Bingo Casino or the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee – all just 3 miles away.

Summer is a great time to visit downtown Milwaukee. Guests are just a 5-minute stroll from Cathedral Square, where Jazz in the Park and the East Town farmers’ market are hosted every Thursday and Saturday. Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival  is hosted one mile away at the Henry Maier Festival Grounds- home to other seasonal favorites such as Pride Fest, Irish Fest, and Festa Italiana.

Within a 10-minute walk from Hotel Metro, visitors will discover the Milwaukee Art Museum, Marcus Center for Performing Arts, Milwaukee Public Market, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and great shopping in the historic Third Ward neighborhood. Grab one of our complimentary bicycles and venture out to the Harley Davidson Museum, Lakefront Brewery, Marcus Amphitheatre or catch a ballgame at the BMO Harris Bradley Center – all within 1.5 miles from the hotel.

From Brewery tours to live theater, you’ll never run out of things to do in downtown Milwaukee.

Look below for our favorite places to visit, and feel free to contact the hotel directly at 414-272-1937 for more suggestions.

BREWERIES

Lakefront Brewery
Milwaukee’s own Lakefront Brewery Inc. started in 1987. The industrious and inventive microbrewery located on the Milwaukee River has become a Milwaukee landmark. Its rich history includes partnerships with local taverns, preservation of local historical pieces, unique tours and most importantly, great craft beer. Tours are available to the public.

Miller Coors Brewery
In 1855, German immigrant Fredrick Miller purchased the Plank Road Brewery. Surrounded by woods, the small brewing operation was no bigger than a Victorian house. Today, a replica of the Plank Road Brewery is just one of the historic highlights in Milwaukee’s Miller Valley—the home of the nation’s second largest brewer, Miller Coors Brewing Company. In the brew house, Miller makes its beer, up to 8.5 million barrels annually in Milwaukee alone. Free tours to the public are available.

Sprecher Brewery
Sprecher Brewing Co. was founded in 1985 by Randal Sprecher, formerly a brewing supervisor at Pabst Brewing Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sprecher has helped revive both the distinctive quality of regional beer and old world brewing methods as well. Sprecher focuses for on its specialty “Craft Beers with an eye on the highest quality and tradition of European style brewing. Tours are available to the public.

MUSEUMS

Harley Davidson Museum
Devoted to all things Harley Davidson, the Harley Davidson Museum occupies 20-acres of land near downtown Milwaukee at the corner of Sixth and Canal Streets. The sprawling museum is a spectacular tribute to motorcycle riding. Or take a Harley Davidson plant tour near Milwaukee in Wauwatosa.

Milwaukee Art Museum
The Milwaukee Art Museum offers a dazzling waterfront location for art. The Milwaukee Art Museum traces its beginnings to the Layton Art Gallery, which was established in 1888, and the Milwaukee Art Institute, founded in the early 1900s. These two early Milwaukee County museums joined forces in 1957 and moved to the current waterfront setting to form the Milwaukee Art Center, which is now the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum offers fun and interactive exhibits plus valuable educational resources to kids. The Museum experience encourages hands-on learning and the development of fundamental skills, self-esteem, and the ability to work with others.

Milwaukee Public Museum
At the Milwaukee Public Museum, you can step back in time to the turn-of-the-century Streets of Old Milwaukee and ancient Mediterranean civilizations. Or take a giant leap back more than 65 million years. The Milwaukee’s Public Museum is home to the world’s largest-known dinosaur skull and a life-sized T-Rex replica. One of the Milwaukee Public Museum’s most popular sites is the Puelicher Butterfly Wing, where you can stroll amid free-flying butterflies from around the world.

Ten Chimneys Foundation
Located just 30 miles west of Hotel Metro, Ten Chimneys is a 60 acre estate open to the public as a world class house museum. A beacon and resource for American theatre, Ten Chimneys has a rich history and many stunning collections.

UNIVERSITIES

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design is an accredited college offering Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in 11 fields of study. All faculty are working artists, designers, writers and researchers; there are also instructors who are working professionals.

Milwaukee School Of Engineering
The Milwaukee School of Engineering is a private, four-year institution offering 17 undergraduate degrees in engineering and engineering-related fields including business and nursing. The school is noted for giving students opportunities for interacting in the real world in a small college environment.

Marquette University
The University of Marquette is a Jesuit university with both undergraduate and graduate programs. Marquette University along with its faculty, staff, students, trustees are dedicated to the belief that education must encompass the whole person: spiritual and moral as well as intellectual.

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee is Wisconsin’s second-largest university with more than 28,000 university students and offers Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degrees. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, more than 152 different academic degree programs are provided for students.

SHOPPING

Historic Third Ward
Our favorite place to shop in downtown Milwaukee is the Historic Third Ward. Packed full of restaurants, boutiques, and the award-winning Milwaukee Public Market, there's something for everyone.

Grand Avenue Mall
The Shops At Grand Avenue are part of an urban shopping plaza spanning 3 city blocks. Opened in 1982, it houses many locally owned shops and national chains such as Boston Store and TJ Maxx. It was named after a bustling merchant street during the 19th century, Grand Avenue, present day Wisconsin Avenue.