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“A Great Source of Excersize, Food and Entertainment”

Milwaukee RiverWalk
Ranked #11 of 182 things to do in Milwaukee
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

The riverwalk runs either on the east, west, or along both sides of the Milwaukee River from North Humbolt Street on the north end to East Erie Street in the 3rd Ward. Some short sections will force you to walk a half block off the riverfront to use the regular sidewalks or cross one of the draw bridges in order to continue your walk on the opposite side but a person can walk the 3 mile stretch while using the riverwalk for about 95% of the time. From the northern most end to Juneau it runs for the most part on the west side of the river. Plans are in place to complete the two short sections which are parts of residential developments to bring this figure to 100%.

For a pub crawl I'd suggest starting at the Lakefront Brewery for a free tour. You can't beat free beer and the laid back atmospher there. As you head south along the west side of the river, cross at Cherry Street. This will take you just a block off the RiverWalk but to a cluster of bars on and around Water Street starting with AJ Bombers. After exploring this area, head back across the river at the Juneau Ave bridge and walk the 1/2 block off the Riverwalk to North Old World 3rd Street. The two blocks from Juneau south to State Street are full of taverns and restaurants and attractions like Usingers Famous Sausage and the Wisconsn Cheese Mart. After checking this area out head back east the 1/2 block to the riverwalk and continue south. The riverwalk is runs complete along both sides of the river from this point south all the way to the where I-794 crosses above and there are many more things to see and along the river including several large patio restraunts including Rock Bottom Brewery. If you are on the west side of the river make sure to cross at E Michigan St to as the west side ends 1 block south of E Michigan. Continue south along the east side of the river under I-794 into the 3rd Ward. The first attraction is the Milwaukee Public Market. Lots of neat stuff to see and good things to eat and drink there. Continue south along the Rivewalk to several other bars and restaurant including the Milwaukee Ale House. The Riverwalk continues several blocks south to the end of N Erie St past large riverfront warehouses converted to condos. The area is full of specialty shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants. The west side of the river is also being developed the same way and there is more to see and do there.

By the end of this walk you should have had your fair share of food, drink, shopping,people watching and excersize and all within a block of the Riverwalk. When I visit Milwaukee I like to stay downtown because the Riverwalk is a great north/south corridor for the pedestrian to go from the heart of downtown north to the lower east side or south from the heart of downtown to the 3rd Ward. You can't beat the people watching, dinning, and shopping.

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Reviewed May 23, 2013

I was so impressed at how clean the walk and the river was. The whole City is so clean, but this area with all the foot traffic you expect a little less. We really enjoyed strolling the Riverwalk we stopped for lunch at a great Brewery located right on the walk and were able to eat on the patio by the walk. This is a great way to see some of the City, we walked down to German Town, enjoyed a Brat at Pierre Marquette Park, the whole area is just a great surprise in the middle of Downtown. I saw a few people jogging the area and just several people strolling enjoying the river and a nice day. The Riverwalk is a nice way to see Downtown and just enjoy a nice Milwaukee Day.

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Reviewed May 22, 2013

Milwaukee's two-mile RiverWalk follows the course of the Milwaukee River. A number of restaurants provide riverside dining and cocktails. Great place to hang out on a summer evening.

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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.

1  Thank Samuel C
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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.

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