according to the language of its original Native American inhabitants,
means gathering place by the water. The downtown Riverwalk has become
a very popular place for all sorts of gatherings. Here are seven
activities to enjoy along the Riverwalk this summer.
Run or walk and
see it all. The Riverwalk spans three miles, most of it on both sides
of the river. Get your cardio workout and stroll past the theater
district, Pere Marquette Park, the Harley-Davidson Museum grounds and
countless other local attractions.
Rent a kayak and
follow Milwaukee’s Urban Water Trail. View the city from a new
perspective as you experience the idyllic combination of downtown and
Take a boat
cruise. Enjoy sightseeing, dinner or nightlife cruises or a family
friendly Caribbean Pirates Cruise from one of Milwaukee’s boat tour
companies. The Milwaukee River Cruise line — featuring the iconic
Edelweiss — and the Milwaukee Boat Line, which can get you out to
open water and travel to Green Bay or Chicago, are popular options.
Rent a pontoon
boat. Riverwalk Boat tours and rentals, which docks at Pere Marquette
Park, has lots of options, from a 21-foot pontoon boat to a 45-footer
with a bathroom and private captain.
Pub crawl by
boat. Enjoy a sampling of beverages from taverns along the water, such
as Molly Cool’s, Milwaukee Sail Loft and the Twisted Fisherman.
Boats such as the Brew City Queen II or Milwaukee Maiden II will pilot
you from pub to pub.
Check out the
river sculptures. More than 20 sculptures adorn the Riverwalk,
including fish, ducks, a mermaid, a cow, a ballerina and, of course,
the most selfie-inducing piece of them all, The Bronze Fonz.
VisitMilwaukee.org has a handy map identifying the names and locations
of all the sculptures.
Cheer on the
Milwaukee River Challenge. Billing itself as the most accessible
rowing race in the United States, the 2014 challenge hits the river
Sept. 20. From several vantage points along the water — including
many outdoor seating areas at riverside restaurants — you can see
the more than 700 competitors on 140 boats dash and splash their way
to the finish line.