Menomonee Valley Bike Tour
Saturday, July 16 @ 1 pm
Duration: 2 hours
Limit 15 bikes (bring your own)
HMI Members: $10
Back by popular demand!
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.
German Heritage Tour & German Fest!
Saturday, July 30 @ 9:45 AM
Sunday, July 31 @ 9:45 AM
Ticket includes admission to German Fest
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Historic Milwaukee, Inc. has partnered with German Fest Milwaukee to create this special German Heritage tour!
Walking down Old World Third Street today you are not likely to see many German shops advertising “English Spoken Here” as a special or unique service; but as early as 1848, Germans represented 1/3 of the entire population in Milwaukee and this section of the city was the life’s blood of German immigrants. This tour showcases buildings that represent German-American business, education, faith, politics, entertainment, and publishing. Join our experienced tour guides and learn about Milwaukee’s most notable German biermeisters, tanners, artists, butchers, bakers, merchants, publishers, masons, architects and clergymen. This tour celebrates Milwaukee’s German heritage and recognizes the German community as having one of the greatest cultural impacts on our city.
This 1.5 hour walking tour travels down Old World Third Street and through downtown Milwaukee. Guests should wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to walk entire length of the tour. Highlights of the tour include: Turner Hall, Maders, Pritzlaff Building, Usingers, Second Ward Bank (Milwaukee County Historical Society), Germania Building, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Pabst Theater, City Hall, Old Saint Mary’s Church, German English Academy and the Blatz Brewery Complex.
Because this is a special tour created in partnership with German Fest, HMI members will not receive a discount.
Tours held Saturday (July 30) and Sunday (July 31)
9:45 am – Depart German Fest Southgate Entrance via school bus to Turner Hall
10:00 am – Tour begins in front of Turner Hall
11:30 am – Tour ends in front of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
11:45 am – Return to German Fest Southgate Entrance via school bus
12:00 pm – Gates open to German Fest
Shuttle from German Fest to Turner Hall is optional. Guests are welcome to make their own transportation arrangements and meet guide at 10 am in front of Turner Hall at 1034 N 4th St, Milwaukee, WI 53203. If taking shuttle: Bus departs from the Southgate Entrance of German Fest, 200 North Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202 at 9:45 am. Please arrive a few minutes early so the bus can leave on time.