Free Things to do in Milwaukee:
Bradford Beach – If you enjoy being outside, this beach is the place to go when it’s hot in Milwaukee. Pack a frisbee and a picnic lunch and make a day of it!
Window shop at the Historic Third Ward, home of The Great Third Ward Fir ein 1982. Take the free shuttle and enjoy the sights of art galleries along the Riverwalk. Here you’ll see a huge variety of restaurants, theaters, boutiques, and more – all in a historic warehouse setting.
The Domes offer free admission for Milwaukee residents on Mondays from 9AM til 11:30AM. Children under 5 are always free. One of Milwaukee’s most recognized landmarks, the Domes are definitely worth a visit! There are three domes, each are 140ft in diameter and 85ft tall, displaying hundreds of plants, flowers, and trees. The Domes are the perfect temperature year round, and since it’s free to visit, you really don’t have an excuse to miss them!
Take a tour of the Basilica of Saint Josaphat, available following the 10AM Sunday Mass. If attending on Sunday isn’t your thing, download this free walking tour brochure and take a tour any other time they’re open. You’ll see the St. Francis Paintings, Madonna windows, the St. Joseph Altar, and other historical religious exhibits.
While you’re out and about, you must take a photo in front of the Bronze Fonz. Because, well, Fonz.
Voted the Best Urban Bike Trail, Oak Leaf Trail is a wonderful escape for the whole family! Featuring 118 miles of off-road paved trails and streets where necessary.
Jazz in the Park is another piece of awesome here in Milwaukee. It’s our favorite outdoor summer music series, and it’s FREE.
The Harley Davidson Museum isn’t free for everyone, but kids under 5 do get in free and it’s awesome, so I had to include it on this list.
The Kettle Moraine State Forest is an educational day trip perfect for the entire family. The forest is 30 miles long, and over 22,000 acres of hills, lakes, pine woods, and prairie restoration sites. There’s camping, fishing, hiking and biking, and swimming – all perfect for a hot summer day! Unless you visit on free National Park days, you’ll need a vehicle admission sticker to get in, but there are waivers available.
Got a little money to spend? Here are 25 things to do in Milwaukee!!