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About The RiverWalk

The Milwaukee RiverWalk winds through the heart of the city, tying together three distinct riverfront neighborhoods — the Historic Third Ward, Downtown, and Beerline B.

More than 20 blocks from its' northernmost to southernmost points, the RiverWalk is unified by permanent and changing art exhibitions that create a unique, urban, outdoor gallery. A leisurely stroll provides plenty of opportunities to discover Milwaukee.

Downtown Riverwalk

Bronze Fonz
The Downtown RiverWalk is also the location of Milwaukee's beloved Bronze Fonz, a statue of the King of Cool from the Happy Days TV series. It's found near the intersection of the RiverWalk and Wells Street on the east side of the river.

Past and present artfully connect along the Downtown RiverWalk. This section traverses Milwaukee's main thoroughfare, Wisconsin Avenue, and passes by its largest theater district, which includes the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, which is home to the Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Florentine Opera and First Stage Children's Theater. Warm summer evenings bring locals and visitors alike to Pere Marquette Park to listen to free weekly concerts as part of the RiverRhythms series or take in an outdoor movie at RiverFlicks.

Nowhere is Milwaukee's German heritage more evident than along Old World Third Street, a three-block historic landmark zone just north of downtown. The city's past is brought to life in the detailed facades of the 19th-century European-style buildings lining this cobblestone street. Shopping at Wisconsin Cheese Mart, the legendary Usinger's Sausage, and The Spice House is a feast for all senses. And a visit would not be complete without a stop at the Old German Beer Hall, the Brat House and Mader's, where famous German dishes have satisfied hungry patrons for more than 100 years.

The Historic Third Ward Riverwalk

The Historic Third Ward Riverwalk
The Milwaukee Ale House along the RiverWalk is the perfect spot to stop, relax, and enjoy today's take on the beverage that made Milwaukee famous!

Milwaukee's answer to "SoHo," The Historic Third Ward has become a hub for artistic activity and exhibition within Milwaukee and is currently home to more than 20 galleries and art studios, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD), the Off-Broadway Theatre, and the Broadway Theatre Center, which houses the renowned Skylight Opera Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre and Renaissance Theaterworks. The Historic Third Ward's quarterly Gallery Nights are a popular showcase of local, regional and national talent.

This charming, turn-of-the-century commerce and warehousing district is now filled with award-winning restaurants, boutique shopping and craft brewers. You'll also find the Milwaukee Public Market, a year-round, indoor market named one of the best in the nation by Frommers where you can find Milwaukee and Wisconsin specialties, and the Henry W. Maier Festival Park, site of Summerfest, the world's largest music festival.

The Beerline B Riverwalk

The Beerline B Riverwalk
Check out one of Milwaukee's local traditions, the Friday Night Fish Fry, at Lakefront Brewery — consistently ranked among Milwaukee's best!

Brewers Hill is west of the Milwaukee River on a hill overlooking the Beerline area and downtown. Brewers Hill got its name from the beer barons who lived there during the height of Milwaukee's beer industry boom. Today, you'll find a neighborhood of century-old Victorian homes and the former Schlitz Brewery, now a converted office park. Perched on the hillside, trendy Wolf Peach restaurant is the neighborhood anchor with a commanding view of the city from its two decks.

The Beerline area is a former industrial corridor along the Milwaukee River that was once part of a railroadroute the Milwaukee Road used to serve the Schlitz, Pabst and Blatz breweries. This area has been redeveloped into a neighborhood of modern, riverside condominiums in cutting-edge architectural designs. The award-winning Lakefront Brewery, located along Commerce Street, boasts one of the top-ranked brewery tours in the nation, per Tripadvisor.

 

 

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