Public Tours 2014


Public Tours will be offered during Doors Open Milwaukee

at the times within their specific descriptions below.

Tickets (when required) are given out FREE TO THE PUBLIC on a first-come, first-served basis at 10am on the specific day the tour is given during Doors Open Milwaukee at Milwaukee City Hall Headquarters (200 E. Wells Street.) TWO TICKETS PER PERSON.

All Public Tours, unless otherwise indicated, will be distributed in this manner.


Biking on the Hank Aaron State Trail
Sunday (9/21) — 9:00AM

This 2-2.5-hour biking tour not only carries you across the city on a dedicated pathway, but it transports you through some of the city’s significant history. This easy ride with frequent stops will focus on the shaping and history of the Menomonee Valley, Native American uses, the impacts of the Milwaukee Road Shops, the Valley’s significance in the Civil Rights Movement, the many changes through time, and the Old Soldiers Home then and now. We’ll ride along the Hank Aaron State Trail, through the Menomonee Valley, and to the Old Soldiers Home and back. Tickets: Not Required. Times: Sun 9am. Duration: 2-2.5hours. Capacity: N/A. Parking and starting location: Public lot near Charter Wire just west of Canal Street near 35th Street.


All tickets given out!

Inside the DOT
Sunday (9/21) — 2:00PM & 3:00PM

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Statewide Traffic Operations Center operates traffic management and traveler information systems on Wisconsin’s interstates, freeways/expressways and state highways. For safety, operators monitor over 300 cameras throughout the state to keep traffic flowing. Using their control room video wall, they will demonstrate how they keep tabs on current traffic conditions and provide information in real-time to protective services. Tickets: Required. Times: Sun. 2pm and 3pm. Duration: 1 hour. Capacity each tour: 35. Meet: 433 W. St. Paul Ave., 3rd Floor (Statewide Traffic Operations Center) Inside Intermodal Station; Meet at East Side Elevator.

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Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility
Saturday (9/20) — 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Tours offered every 20 minutes

Opened in 1926 and world-renowned for pioneering the way in modern wastewater treatment technology, Jones Island was also one of the first facilities in the world to produce a fertilizer as the by-product of the water reclamation process: Milorganite. Capable of treating more than 300 million gallons a day, the facility is owned and governed by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and operated and maintained by Veolia Water North America. All site visitors will receive a free 5# bag of Milorganite. Visitors have the option of going on a 60-minute in depth tour that includes the Milorganite building, or joining a shorter 40-minute tour – both of which will travel via motorcoach around the entire Jones Island facility. Through exhibits and the tour learn about: the history of Jones Island, MMSD as one of the pre-eminent sewage districts in the country, and Veolia Water, the company that operates and maintains Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility. And don’t miss viewing the “workhorses of wastewater” under the high power microscope! Tickets: NOT Required. Times: Sat.10am-4pm every 20 minutes. Duration: 1 hour. Capacity each tour: 40+. Meet: Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility, corner of East Jones Street & Harbor Drive. **Those wishing to join the 60-minute tour must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.**



Milwaukee Food & City Tours
Saturday (9/20) — 10:00AM-2:00PM
Sunday (9/21) — 10:00AM-2:00PM
Pick-Ups Occur Throughout Day; Times Below

Map out your day using the Milwaukee Food & City Tours Explore Milwaukee Hop On & Hop Off Bus – a hassle-free way to enjoy the city. Join our fully-narrated 60 minute sightseeing tour at any one of four hotel pick up locations or any other regular stop on the route. Enjoy the sights of the city and then hop-on and off for visits at locations of your choice around Brady Street, the Historic Third Ward, and Walker’s Point. Ticket: Not Required Times: Sat and Sun 10am-2pm. Meet our green/purple buses at one of 4 locations – prompt pick ups:

1) Pfister Hotel, 424 E Wisconsin Ave – 10 am, 11 am, Noon, 1 pm, 2 pm.
2) Hilton City Center, 509 W Wisconsin Ave – 10:04 am, 11:04 am, 12:04 pm, 1:04 pm, 2:04 pm.
3) Hyatt Regency, 333 W Kilbourn Ave – 10:12 am, 11:12 am, 12:12 pm, 1:12 pm, 2:12 pm.
4) Intercontinental, 139 E Kilbourn Ave – 10:17 am, 11:17 am, 12:17 pm, 1:17 pm, 2:17 pm.

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Port of Milwaukee Bus Tour
Saturday (9/20) — 11:00AM-4:00PM
Tours start on the hour, every hour

The bus tour of the Port of Milwaukee will include guided tour of commercial port operations including salt, coal, cement, steel, machinery and fertilizers that move through the Port of Milwaukee either by water, rail or truck. Tours will leave the Port of Milwaukee’s Administration Building on the hour from 11 am to 4 pm, Saturday, September 20, 2014. Keeping in line with our green marine efforts, we will be using Bestway’s CNG (compressed natural gas) bus. This 24 passenger mini coach bus emits zero emissions and will provide a safe and comfortable tour without the pollution. The last stop will be at the Coast Guard  who will have displays of their equipment they use in their rescue and pollution response efforts as well as a tour of their Sector Lake Michigan facilities. Times: Sat.11am-4pm on the hour. Duration: 1 hour. Capacity each tour: 24. Meet: Port of Milwaukee Administration Building: 2323 S. Lincoln Memorial Drive.

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ALL Tickets have been given out!

Soldiers Home Historic District
Sunday (9/21) — 2:00PM & 4:00PM

Designed as a place to aid veterans’ healing and ease their transition back into civilian life, the Milwaukee Soldiers Home (Northwestern Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers) was established in 1867. Nestled into a picturesque landscape, the recuperative village boasts as many as 48 historic resources including marvelous Victorian architecture designed by renowned Milwaukee architects Edward Townsend Mix and Henry C. Koch. Join Milwaukee Preservation Alliance and others who care deeply about the Soldiers Home for an indepth, outdoor guided walking tour through the grounds and learn about the architecture and history of the buildings. Ticket: Required. Times: Sun 2pm and 4pm. Duration: 1 hour. Capacity each tour: 25. Meet: 5000 W. National Ave, at the fountain in front of Old Main (N. Mitchell Blvd.)