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Historic Water Tower District

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

About the Community

Home to some of the mansions of old Milwaukee money, sweeping views of the lake, and close proximity to Lake Park, the Historic Water Tower District of Milwaukee is just as it claims to be—a wonderfully historic part of Milwaukee. Along with the big houses comes the classy Lake Park Bistro in Lake Park, which has wonderful food for a night of celebration, and the Lake Park golf range, so you can have a fancy lunch and take some swings on a warm afternoon.


The Historic Water Tower District is located on the last remaining Indian mound in Milwaukee and is the host of 5Ks and other runs such as the Summerfest Rock ‘n Sole Run marathon. Other activities such as concerts, bird-watching, an annual Fourth of July parade, and other fun events take place in this neighborhood as well. The Historic Water Tower District covers much of Downer Avenue, which it shares with the neighborhood of Murray Hill. Together, the two wonderfully similar and wonderfully different pieces of Milwaukee make up one of the most hip streets in the city outside of the Third Ward. Downer Avenue has fun for the whole family--you can visit BelAir Cantina for some excellent Mexican food and Margaritas, or stop by Cafe Hollander for some high quality and well priced food, which is great for brunch!