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Bike through time in the Menomonee River Valley

  • 6th & Canal Street, across from the Harley-Davidson Museum Milwaukee (map)

This year marks a milestone of redevelopment and revitalization in Milwaukee's Menomonee River Valley. Join Dick Beverly, this tour's creator and Historic Milwaukee volunteer tour guide, and Menomonee Valley Partners as we 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 parkland reclaimed from rail yards. 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 2-hour tour 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.

This tour is a partnership between Historic Milwaukee and Menomonee Valley Partners. Proceeds benefit Historic Milwaukee.


  • Historic Milwaukee members $10

  • Non-Historic Milwaukee members $20