I’ve enjoyed checking out Downtown Milwaukee from a variety of perspectives including from the top of a building, by boat in Lake Michigan and today, from a maze of connected skyways dozens of feet off the ground.
And good news: the tour, called, aptly, "Skywaukee," is available to the public. It’s hosted by Historic Milwaukee every Saturday at 1 p.m. through April 20. (There is no tour on March 9 because of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.)
Get tickets here.
The tour takes between 90 minutes and two hours, includes about one mile of walking – predominantly via glass skywalks connecting prominent Milwaukee buildings. A volunteer tour guide – today we had Steve Kessel – highlights Milwaukee history and shares relevant stories during the sky-high stroll.
"No tour is exactly the same," says Julia Griffith, Program Director of Historic Milwaukee.
The cost is $10 for adults; $5 for kids 6-11 and free for kids 5 and under and for Historic Milwaukee members.
"This tour allows you to see architectural aspects of buildings you would never see from the ground," says Griffith. "It’s an impactful experience."
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Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.