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Art, Beer and Comedy: All for Under $10
You'd be surprised how much fun and culture you can pack into a $10 budget when in Milwaukee. By taking advantage of lower-priced museums--such as Villa Terrace and the MIlwaukee County Historical Society Museum--and not compromising on learning about Milwaukee's famed beverage (beer!) by touring and tasting at Lakefront Brewery, you'll have gotten more than your money's worth.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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Tour and Taste at Lakefront Brewery
What: Lakefront Brewery Tour
Where: 1872 N. Commerce St., Milwaukee, 414-372-8800
Milwaukee is home to a dozen or so craft breweries, of which eight have opened in the last year, but Lakefront Brewery is a pioneer in that it was founded in 1987. From IPA to Fixed Gear, Lakefront’s beers are locally famous and have received national attention in the press, too, although their production is limited (even more reason to snag a six-pack while in Milwaukee). Their Brewers Hill brewery is open for hour-long tours on weekdays (Monday through Thursday). Note that because this is during production hours, some areas are off limits; pay an extra buck for weekend tour if you want to see the entire brewery. Tours are bookable through its website, with an additional $1 online-ticketing fee. Each tour includes a tasting of four beers, and either a free souvenir pint glass or $2 off gift-shop merchandise.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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Laugh at ComedySportz
What: ComedySportz shows
Where: 420 S. 1st St., Milwaukee, 414-272-8888 (Walker’s Point)
Matches—basically, comedy sketches in which two teams compete against each other in improv—are held Friday and Saturday nights. There are two shows, at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., lasting 90 minutes each; the 10 p.m. show costs $10 while the 7:30 p.m. performance is a bit pricier at $12. Designed to be family-friendly, seating begins a half hour before the show begins, and the bar and restaurant starts serving at 6 p.m., in case you want to make a night of it. Tickets can be bought online via this link.Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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Tour North Point Lighthouse
What: North Point Lighthouse
Where: 2650 N. Wahl Ave., Milwaukee (East Side), 414-332-6754
Located within Lake Park, the lighthouse is open limited hours for a self-guided tour after it reopens on February 25, 2017. Check the website for further details after that date. To climb the lighthouse’s tower—which is a real highlight—one must be five years old or 38 inches tall. In 1984 the lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places, proof it’s a true treasure. A lens dating back to 1868 is still in use.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Milwaukee County Historical Society Museum
Where: 910 N. Old World Third St., Milwaukee (downtown), 414-273-8288
One of Milwaukee’s most architecturally significant building—perched on the corner of West Kilbourn and Old World Third Street, with its cobblestone streets—the museum is under the same roof as the Milwaukee County Historical Society. Exhibits cover Milwaukee’s history through various lens, tapping into cultural significance. The current exhibit—“Melodies and Memories: 200 Years of Milwaukee Music”—runs through April 29, 2017.Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
Where: 2220 N. Terrace Ave., Milwaukee (East Side), 414-271-3656
This gorgeous villa museum—built in 1924 by celebrated architect David Adler as an example of Renaissance architecture—on the East Side overlooks Lake Michigan’s shoreline, thanks to its hillside perch. A visit is akin to taking a trip to Italy, and so it’s no surprise that much of the design was inspired by Villa Cicogna Mozzoni in Lombardy, Italy, including the stairs. Rotating art exhibits are shown year-round and the gardens are a treat to stroll in during warmer weather, with Lake Michigan as the breathtaking backdrop.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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Rent a Bublr Bicycle
Where: various stations around Milwaukee; see this link for a complete list
Bicycle-share programs are popping up all across the U.S. and Milwaukee is no exception. The sky-blue bicycles are at various stations around Milwaukee. All you have to do is pick one up at one location and return at another that is along your route. This is a great way to explore Milwaukee’s neighborhoods and “live like a local.” You’d be remiss not to take your bicycle along Lincoln Memorial Drive, which hugs Lake Michigan from downtown Milwaukee to the Upper East Side, near UW-Milwaukee, with beaches between to sink your toes into. Note that the Bublr bikes operate year-round; even in winter there can be quite a few days without snow or ice.Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear
Where: 839 N. 11th St., Milwaukee (downtown)
This relatively obscure and lesser-known museum in the north part of downtown, near Marquette University, is an ode to the classic Americana collections (1910s-1940s) of the late Avrum Chudnow, who died in 2005. There’s a keen focus on the 1920s and 1930s, and the number of items in the collection numbers around 25,000, although not all are on exhibit at once.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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UW-Milwaukee Union Cinema
Where: 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee (East Side)
Even a lot of locals don’t know about the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s cinema, which hosts film festivals and series year-round, plus documentaries and prior-run independent films. The “Experimental Tuesdays” series features films every Tuesday, such as “Black Radical Imagination” and films produced by the university’s film department. In 2017, the African-American Film Festival is in early February (its films include “Loving,” a 2017 Academy Awards nominee for Best Actress). Other festivals include the Annual Festival of Films in French and Annual LGBT Film/Video Festival. Check the cinema’s website for show times—and bring cash for popcorn with butter.Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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Roller-skating at Rollaero
What: Roller-skating at Rollaero
Where: 5200 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Cudahy, 414-747-1414
Whether you’re training for roller-derby tryouts or simply want to have fun like a kid again, roller skating is currently trending. One of the Milwaukee area’s best rinks is Rollaero in Cudahy, 20 minutes south of downtown Milwaukee and near Lake Michigan. Admission is a low cost of $5 (payable in cash only; no credit cards accepted). In addition to the rink, there’s a snack bar and theme nights (such as “Retro Saturdays,” the second Saturday of the month, with songs from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s).Continue to 11 of 11 below.
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$5 Movies at Marcus Theatres
What: $5 Movies at Marcus Theatres
Where: throughout Milwaukee and its suburbs
Like most cities, a movie theater’s going rate for a show is around $10. If you can get to any of the Marcus Theatres locations in Wisconsin (see a list here) on a Tuesday, then you pay just $5, which is a 50% discount off $10.50 evening shows (matinees on weekdays cost $8.50). This is referred to as $5 Tuesdays—and the theatres even throw in one free 46-ounce popcorn with each paid admission, plus $2 hot dogs and $2 candy.