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This Midwest town won’t bust your budget — there’s plenty to do in Milwaukee without opening your wallet. Here’s our list of the five best free things to do in Milwaukee:
1. Take a photo with The Fonz. Indulge your inner pop culture nerd and pose with the bronze statue of Happy Day’s classic Fonzie character, located at the corner of on East Wells and North Water Streets along the Milwaukee River. Afterwards, stroll along the RiverWalk to look at the non-TV-inspired sculpture.
2. Take a tour of the MillerCoors brewery. Hour-long tours are offered daily, but the schedule changes. If craft spirits are more your style, Great Lakes Distillery offers a free 45-minute tour of their operations (for $5, you can get a sampler flight of their products).
3. Hang out in the Historic Third Ward. Check out this trendy neighborhood to peruse art galleries, window shop at boutiques, and take a walk through Milwaukee’s Public Market, an indoor food and wine hub.
4. Take a walk. Stroll the parks that dot the Lake Michigan waterfront and stop by the Quadracci Pavilion, the Santiago Calatrava-designed addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum. You can’t miss it — it looks like a tremendous bird about to take flight from the shore. If you swing by at 10 a.m., noon or 5 p.m., you can see the brise soleil, a wing-like sun screen perched atop the building, automatically open or close.
5. Visit the St. Joan of Arc Chapel. Located on Marquette University’s campus, the chapel is estimated to date from the 15th century and was transported from France’s Rhone River Valley stone by stone. Tours are free, but donations are accepted.