SPECIAL TOURS

Avenues West

Saturday, May 18 at 10 am
Saturday, June 22 at 10 am
Saturday, July 27 at 10 am
Saturday, Aug. 24 at 10 am

Departs: Lobby of the Ambassador Hotel, 2308 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233
The walk typically takes about 70-75 minutes

Cemented as a neighborhood by the construction of the Marquette Interchange in the 1960s, Avenues West is full of institutions and a historic blend of working class dwellings and prominent mansions. Today one of its most prominent features is Marquette University, which started as a single building in 1907. This tour will explore the grand history of families like Brumder, Cudahy and Pabst alongside the families that worked in their service as well as the role of institutions like Marquette and Gesu church.

Pedal through History in the Menomonee River Valley

Saturday, June 8, 1-3pm
6th & Canal Street, across from the Harley-Davidson Museum

This year marks a milestone of 20 years of redevelopment and revitalization in Milwaukee’s Menomonee River Valley. Join Dick Beverly, this tour’s creator, and Menomonee Valley Partners as they point out the tremendous transformation undergone in the Valley over the last 20 years as well as highlights from the last 200 years!

This leisurely bike ride travels along the Hank Aaron State Trail with frequent stops to learn about wild rice marshes, Milwaukee’s first railroad, public art along the trail and the stories behind them, 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 a 24-acre park that once rumbled as railcars carried goods to and fro. The Menomonee River Valley has been recognized nationally for its transformation from Wisconsin’s most visible eyesore to the thriving eco-focused business and recreational destination it is today.

This ride starts at the 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 about seven miles. We recommend bike helmets.