North PointNorth Point South

Saturday, August 20 @ 1 pm
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
RSVP Required

HMI Members: $10
Non-Members: $20

This special tour explores the southern portion of the North Point Neighborhood, a prestigious area that contains the historic homes of the industrial, cultural commercial and professional leaders of Milwaukee. Many of the homes featured on the tour were constructed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and offer a range of extravagant architecture, from Eclectic-Tudor to Neoclassical as well as Gothic Revival.

North Point South is bordered by Columbia St. Mary’s to the north, the bluff and Lake Michigan to the east, the hill at Lafayette Place on the south, and a completely different land use west of Summit Avenue.

This exterior-only tour is sure to delight those who have enjoyed our regularly scheduled North Point Mansions tour (Sundays @ 1 pm), which tours through the northern portion of the North Point Neighborhood.

Highlights include the William Osborne Goodrich House, Jesse Hoyt Smith House (now Milwaukee Central Seventh Day Adventist Church), Villa Terrace, East Back Bay, Fitzgerald-Herzfeld House (2014 Breast Cancer Showhouse), and more!

2016 walk with the mayor logo

Walk with the Mayor – Bay View

Monday, August 22 @ 6 pm
Duration: 1.5-2 hours


Historic Milwaukee, Inc. is proud to support Mayor Tom Barrett’s “Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days” challenge! Our walking tours are a fun and healthy way to get some exercise while exploring our beautiful city.

The walking tour begins at Zillman Park and travels down Kinnickinnic Avenue to tell the story of how Bay View began with a patchwork of industry and diverse group of immigrants and grew to the charming neighborhood you see today. See first-hand how locals have transformed the area’s historic commercial buildings into cozy pubs, trending restaurants and charming boutiques. The tour concludes near the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church at the intersection of Kinnickinnic, Russell, and Logan.

This tour runs 1.5-2 hours long.

This walking tour is being offered FREE of charge in support of Mayor Barrett’s initiative to promote an active and healthy lifestyle. Learn more about “Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days” by clicking here.

St. JamesWisconsin Avenue Churches

Saturday, August 27 @ 1 pm
Duration: 2 hours

HMI Members: $10
Non Members: $20

Join Historic Milwaukee tour guide, Judy Wimmer, Ph.D. Nineteenth Century American Religions, for a walking tour of churches in downtown Milwaukee. The tour will include grand churches in the Gothic Revival and Northern European Gothic traditions, Lombard and Victorian Romanesque and Byzantine Revival, constructed as early as the late 1860s through the 1920s, reflecting different traditions and different ethnic groups. Each has its own distinct place in the city’s history.

Tour goers will see the interiors of 2-3 churches.

The tour will begin in front of St. James Episcopal Church at 833 W. Wisconsin Ave. RSVP Required.

Three Bridges ParkMenomonee Valley Bike Tour

Saturday, Sept. 10 @ 1 pm
Duration: 2 hours
Limit 15 bikes (bring your own)
RSVP Required

HMI Members: $10
Non-Members: $20

Take a leisurely bike ride along the Hank Aaron State Trail with frequent stops to explore the rich history of the valley. Learn about Silurian Reef fossils, wild rice marshes, Milwaukee’s first railroad, and heavy industry that made Milwaukee the Machine Shop of the World. Discover remnants of the past along with a sculpture park, a haven for trout fishermen, and parkland reclaimed from rail yards. Gain an appreciation of this remarkable resource in the heart of Milwaukee.

Tour starts at the northwest corner of 6th Street and Canal Street, across from the Harley Davidson Museum.  A little over four miles in length with two mild grades, total distance including return to the start point is just over seven miles.

New! No bike or want to try something new? Bublr Bikes has you covered! Just pick up a bike from 200 W Freshwater Way, 530 W Virginia St, or 205 W Virginia St. You will need to use your credit card to pick up the bike, but then just give your name to our tour guide and Bublr will reverse your charge. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the start of the tour (~20 mins). You can also check the Bublr Bike website to be sure there are bikes at the station you plan to use. Questions? Contact Michelle at 414-274-4654 or Michelle@RenewTheValley.org.