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Top 5 Milwaukee Kayak Stops on the River

black and white photo of Milwaukee River Front

1. The Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge

This iconic tied-arch bridge, named after one of Milwaukee’s longest serving mayors, is 120′ tall, 1.9 miles long, and spans the Milwaukee harbor. It doesn’t get much more Milwaukee than this.
  2. Riversculpture! On the Riverwalk
Up to 20 different sculptures featuring local, regional, and national artists line the Riverwalk. Check out the Riverside Theater at night to see Cork Marcheschi’s “Dream With The Fishes” sculpture come to life.
  3. Lakefront Brewery
One of Milwaukee’s most famous and treasured breweries offers great views from the river and also a place to hop off for beer, cheese curds, and a fish fry (if it’s Friday, that is).
  4. The Milwaukee River Railroad Bridge
This moveable lattice-truss bridge, last used in 2003, was built in 1915 and was used for train crossings of the Milwaukee River. Future plans for the bridge include a passenger bridge, art gallery, green space, and an art studio in the bridge tender’s control room.
  5. The Milwaukee Boat Line
Consisting of the Vista King, Voyageur, Iroquois(1922), and decommissioned Solomon Juneau, these large vessels navigate the river and offer multiple cruise options including sightseeing tours and private charters.
  *Honorable Mention : The Bronze Fonz
Go ahead. You know you want to pop your collar, put up your thumbs, and say “Ayyy”. This life-size statue of Henry Winkler as “The Fonz” is located on the Riverwalk and reminds us all of the Happy Days. Leather jacket and blue jeans included.