5 Free Kid-Friendly Tours Happening This Weekend

This weekend is Doors Open Milwaukee, Historic Milwaukee’s annual event that offers more than 100 free tours of buildings around Milwaukee.

This year, 22 tours are designated as family-friendly, and they’ll have family passports available to stamp at the locations you visit.

Here are five of the free tours you will not want to miss:


1. Fiserv Forum

Address
1111 Vel R. Phillips Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203

Saturday Hours
10 am – 5 pm

Sunday Hours
Not open

Meeting Place: Fiserv Forum Atrium, located at the east side of the arena next to the Plaza.

Times: Guided tours will be available every 20 minutes beginning at 10 am, with the last tour at 4:30 pm. Tours last approximately 30 minutes.

Capacity: 25 people per tour. Tours are first come, first serve, no advanced reservations required or available.

Included on the Tour: An up-close visit to the arena floor, detailed look at the exclusive BMO Club, presentation of the art and history of the Suite Level, a visit to popular locations on the Main Concourse.


2. Alice’s Garden Urban Farm

Address
2136 N 21 St

Saturday Hours
10 am – 5 pm

Sunday Hours
10 pm – 5 pm

This year, Alice’s Garden celebrates 50 years of urban farming! Join them for guided tours led by farm staff and rental gardeners. You may shop their special Artisan Market (including food), learn about the history of the Underground Railroad on this land, walk the herbal labyrinth, and enjoy the beauty that is Alice’s Garden.


3. Komatsu Customer Experience

Address
401 E Greenfield Ave

Saturday Hours
Not Open

Sunday Hours
11 am – 4 pm

Visit Komatsu’s new Harbor District facility facility that produces the major components of large mining machines, including electric rope shovels, hybrid shovels, draglines and blasthole drills.

Stop in to Komatsu’s Customer Experience Center, where you can walk into the company’s 360-degree theater for an immersive video experience that captures the size and scope of the massive equipment Komatsu engineers and manufactures for mining customers around the world. Enter the experience through a massive replica bulldozer blade and see how Komatsu can track equipment across the globe.

During your visit, you’ll get a taste of past, present and future, as you get up close with historical items from the company’s P&H brand (founded in Milwaukee in 1884) and see how equipment design has evolved to support society’s ever-growing needs for essential minerals. Pose for the camera at the Komatsu selfie station to show your friends how past became present right here in Milwaukee.

Komatsu is located on Greenfield Ave., where Harbor Fest will also be taking place on Sunday September 25, 11 am – 4 pm

Join Harbor District, Inc., Milwaukee Riverkeeper, and Riveredge Nature Center at Harbor Fest for another year of family fun celebrating all things fish, water, art, and boats! Release a baby sturgeon with Riveredge Nature Center, cheer on the artists and their boat floats during the Milwaukee Riverkeeper Boat Parade, and enjoy the live music, local food, and activities at Harbor Fest!

Free 15 minute boat tours of the harbor will be offered from 1 pm – 4 pm.


4. Milwaukee County Transit System Fleet Maintenance Building

Address
1525 W Vine St

Saturday Hours
10 am – 3 pm

Sunday Hours
Not Open

Milwaukee County Transit System’s (MCTS) Fleet Maintenance Building handles major mechanical repairs and body work for more than 375, eleven-ton Milwaukee County buses.

MCTS’s Fleet Maintenance Building, located at 1525 W. Vine, will host in-person tours during Doors Open Milwaukee on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours will be given on the half hour. The last tour starts at 3 p.m.

At the MCTS Fleet Maintenance Building, you’ll get insider tours of how they handle mechanical repairs and body and how they store thousands of part and supplies.

Plus, you’ll be among the first to view one of our brand-new battery-operated electric buses.


5. Milwaukee Fire Museum

Address
1615 W Oklahoma Ave

Saturday Hours
10 am – 4 pm

Sunday Hours
10 am – 3 pm

The Milwaukee Fire Museum is one of five fire stations of this style built in 1927. The museum houses the first department ambulance, a 1947 Cadillac and two trucks built in the Milwaukee Fire Department Shop during the 1920s and 30s.

The building has a dormitory style bunk-room, a vintage kitchen, alarm area, a vintage fire officer’s office, locker room, and hose tower.

This 90 year old building features different construction styles and materials. Terrazzo floors, push bottom light switches and incandescent lighting.

You can take a guided tour or explore at your own pace with a museum guide sheet.


Want more of Doors Open Milwaukee? See all 22 family-friendly tours here!

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