Pedal, Paddle, Hike & Climb: Experience the Outdoors in the Heart of Milwaukee

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Looking for an exciting and unique way to explore the urban outdoors? Our programs offer the perfect blend of paddling, biking, hiking and rock climbing, giving you the chance to explore the city in a whole new way. Whether you're an experienced outdoor enthusiast or a beginner looking to try something new, our urban adventures are the perfect way to experience the city like never before.

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Canoe & Brew for intermediate paddlers

Explore the Milwaukee River from a canoe! Intermediate paddlers are invited to join us for a relaxing paddle followed by cheers to a great experience at Lakefront Brewery! The price includes one beverage. BONUS: Mondays at Lakefront Brewery are “Halfy-Hour”: buy one beer, get one 1/2 off - the first one’s on us!

For adults 21+

Program Cost: $35 (adults) | Price Break: $25 (adults) 

Wednesday, August 30 | 5 - 7:30 p.m. | MKE Rowing Club (1990 N. Commerce St) Register


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Introduction to Kayaking on the Milwaukee River

Join us for a relaxing kayak experience! We’ll review river kayaking safety and basic boat movements then paddle eastward down the Menomonee River. Build a strong foundation for future paddling adventures!

For adults & teens

Program Cost: $20 (adults) / $20 (teens) | Price Break: $15 (adults) / $15 (teens)

Saturday, June 24 | 12 - 2:30 p.m. Menomonee Valley   Register


Full Moon Canoe

Experience a beginner-friendly paddle on the Milwaukee River under a full moon. Join us solo or bring a friend for an unforgettable night! Beginners or experienced paddlers are welcome. Equipment provided.

For adults & teens

Program Cost: $30 (adults) / $30 (teens) | Price Break: $25 (adults) / $25 (teens)

Saturday, July 1 | 7 - 9 p.m. | MKE Rowing Club (1990 N. Commerce St)  Register

Tuesday, August 1 | 7 - 9 p.m. | MKE Rowing Club (1990 N. Commerce St)  Register


Canoeing - Tween Paddle

Hit the water with us! Join our paddling adventure on the Milwaukee River. Don’t worry if you’ve never paddled before, we’ll provide the equipment and safety training. Wear comfortable, close-toed shoes, and apply sunscreen.

For ages 11-16

Program Cost: $15 (adults) / $15 (teens) | Price Break: $12 (adults) / $12 (teens)

Tuesday, August 8 | 3 - 5 p.m. MKE Rowing Club (1990 N. Commerce St)  Register


Sunrise Canoe

 Start the day in a natural way! Early risers are invited to join us on a slow paddle to absorb the sunrise on the Milwaukee River. We’ll cover basic paddle strokes, and waterway safety, and then set out on a group paddle together.

For adults & teens

Program Cost: $15 (adults) / $10 (teens) | Price Break: $12 (adults) / $8 (teens)

Saturday, August 12 | 6:30 - 8:30 a.m. MKE Rowing Club (1990 N. Commerce St)  Register



Art by bike with Sculpture MKE
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Cycle along the Hank Aaron State Trail and enjoy murals and public art fixtures en route to the 2023 Sculpture MKE exhibition. A diverse collection comprised of public art this exhibition is scattered throughout downtown Milwaukee.

For adults & teens

Program Cost: $20 (adults) / $20 (teens) | Price Break: $15 (adults) / $15 (teens)

Saturday, August 12 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Menomonee Valley   Register


Paint & Hike

Venture into Three Bridges Park and discover an inspiring spot to take in the surroundings. Immerse yourself in the lively landscape and unleash your inner artist by painting what you see. Acrylic paints, brushes, and pallets will be provided.

For Families

Adults are free / Program Cost (children): $10 & Price Break (children): $7

Wednesday, July 12 | 5:30 - 7:30  p.m. | Menomonee Valley   Register

Rock Climbing

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Rock climbing does your body and your mind good! Get some fresh air as you challenge yourself to climb to new heights on our three-story open-air rock wall. Make it to the top and see the city from a whole new perspective! Ages 6 and older can climb. All experience levels are welcome. Helmets and harnesses provided by the UEC

For everyone

Program Cost: $15 (adults) / $15 (child) | Price Break: $12 (adults) / $12 (child)

Thursday, June 8 | 6 - 8 p.m. | Riverside Park   Register

Wednesday, August 16 | 6 - 8 p.m. | Riverside Park   Register

Interested in booking your own private session? Reach out to the Community Programs Manager to discuss scheduling options and opportunities! 

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