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Bike Tour - History in the Menomonee River Valley

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

One of the best ways to get around the Menomonee River Valley from the Harley-Davidson Museum to Miller Park is on bike via the Hank Aaron State Trail - and this bike tour is one of the best ways to learn the trails and see some gems hidden in plain sight! Join us as we pedal through the Valley's fascinating history with highlights from the last 200 years.

This leisurely bike ride is for riders of all levels and includes 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 a 24-acre park that once rumbled as railcars carried goods to and fro. 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. You're sure to leave with a new appreciation of this area in the heart of Milwaukee.

This ride 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 and water bottles.

All proceeds support Menomonee Valley Partners and continued efforts to revitalize 40 acres of riverfront land, connect youth to future careers, better connect the Valley to adjacent neighborhoods, and more.

For the enjoyment of participants, this tour is limited to 15 people.

Cost: $15

This is a great opportunity to mark off some squares on your FREE Valley Bingo card!

Take on this fun challenge to explore the Valley—its nature & trails, bars & restaurants, public art, and more - and win deals and prizes! We’ll have Bingo cards on hand and will get to mark at least SIX boxes on this bike tour!

This event is part of 2019 Valley Week, presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. Valley Week is an annual event celebrating Milwaukee's Menomonee River Valley: what is made here, who works here, all there is to do here, and the great jobs and careers here.

You are invited to explore and experience the Valley at 13 events in just one week. From the Ultimate Beer Run 3.7K, happy hour river cruise, job fair, and so much more, Valley Week showcases some not-to-be-missed unique Valley experiences!

Proceeds from the events support Menomonee Valley Partners, a nonprofit organization formed in 1999 to revitalize the Menomonee River Valley.

Earlier Event: September 21
Ultimate Beer Run 3.7K
Later Event: September 23
Valley Week Bags Tournament