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“Metropolitan oasis”

Milwaukee RiverWalk
Ranked #11 of 174 things to do in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence
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Kenosha, Wisconsin
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Metropolitan oasis”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

It's easy to go from the downtown stores or mall to the RiverWalk, where the attraction is less the walk itself than the French-style cafes that line it. Although I miss the old "big city" and feel restoration has been overdone, sometimes resulting in "campy historic, pseudo-Colonial or Victorian surfaces, Milwaukee and Chicago have both done an excellent job of enhancing the possibilities of their respective rivers as opposed to trying to conceal them or pretend there are none. Moreover, the walk and colorful restaurants in Milwaukee are with easy reach of the city's biggest cultural attractions--the symphony, ballet, guest artists from the world of classical, pop, and jazz.

Visited June 2012
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Port Washington, Wisconsin
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Growing and connecting Milwaukee's downtown”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

Very nice when your in the downtown area. The river traffic is nice to watch, there are bars with food and drink plus boat tours. You are away from the cars and traffic and you can go to John Hawks, Ale House, and many exciting new bars and resteraunts filling the area as it grows and becomes even nicer as a summertime attraction.

Visited July 2012
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Level 6 Contributor
759 reviews
466 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 477 helpful votes
“Great in any weather or season”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

This river walk has a lot to offer- food, art, drink, free wifi in some spots, and the view of the Milwaukee river. It is well marked with interpretive signs that add interesting facts about the places you're seeing as well as maps in the downtown section. It runs on both sides of the river, so you can do a circuit and it can be different in each direction. Look down at the pavement and you might see bronze tiles with designs done by students. Local artists are featured in the sculptures, and you can get free brochures available on the walk, called RiverSculpture! 2012. After a fresh snow, expect to see only animal tracks on the river and maybe some waterfowl. Great exercise with nice views! Just be aware that most of the river walk is below streets and has stairs so it's not totally stroller friendly. They have added ramps in many places but it still doesn't have them at all streets.

Visited March 2013
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Franklin, WI
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 1, 2013

My family walks for Children's Hospital every year and this section of the walk is most beautiful. The river running through the city is a true asset to Milwaukee.

Visited August 2012
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Nashville, TN
Level 6 Contributor
862 reviews
579 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 859 helpful votes
“Nice Walk on a Pretty Day”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

While in downtown Milwaukee, take a hour to enjoy a walk along the riverwalk. It's not San Antonio, but it's a nice relaxing thing to do on a pretty day. We enjoyed stops to check out the bronze ducks and their story. It was fun to stop and make photos with the Fonz. Downtown Milwaukee is very nice -- clean and pretty with interesting architectural features.

Visited September 2012
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