With $30 in my checking account I set out to Milwaukee with my friend Gina, who is also a travel blogger. Knowing that I had limited money to spend I set out for finding some beautiful spots to take photos and explore the city. To go along with having limited money to spend we also only had a few hours to spend in the city. Being a student and having a part-time job doesn’t leave much time for adventures, or even enough money to have an amazing one at that, but I’m going to show you how I managed to explore Milwaukee on a student budget.
Starting off Gina and I headed to the Milwaukee Art Museum because that was one thing she wanted to see before heading back to Green Bay, her hometown. Being a student you receive a discount and pay $17 for admission. Yes, that is going to put a dent in a students budget, especially if you’re like me…, but if you are a lover for the arts, want to take pictures, or a place to explore for a few hours then I would recommend checking out the art museum. If you’re not looking to spend $17+ then I would at least say check out the architecture of the art museum, built by Santiago Calatrava, and walk around by the lakeside. Also if you’re looking for a fun, inexpensive activity to do with friends or family then grab a mat and water bottle for some yoga at the art museum! The $15 fee includes the yoga class and admission to the art museum. So, if you’re looking for a way to save a little money AND get a workout then this is the perfect fit for you!
|”The $15 fee includes the yoga class and admission to the art museum. “
A famous picturesque spot in Milwaukee is the orange sculpture located just behind the art museum by the Betty Brinn Museum. Here you can also find a breathtaking lookout of Lake Michigan from the top of the parking complex.
|”…breathtaking lookout of Lake Michigan..”
Next we headed to the Milwaukee Public Market near the Historic Third Ward. Where you can walk around and explore local vendors businesses. The market is open 10am to 8pm Monday through Friday, 8am to 7am on Saturday, and 10am to 6pm on Sunday. After exploring the market you can take a stroll through the streets of the Third Ward.
|”…explore local vendors and businesses.”
After finding a parking space, we walked over to the Public Market and on the way I spotted the cutest lookout off of N Water Street. We walked up the wired spiral lookout and there we found a beautiful view of the Milwaukee River. Beware parking on a Wednesday around 4:00 can be hard to find! There are also many alleyways you can explore and wander through. Adventure is everywhere so don’t be afraid to get down and dirty or in this case, walk down a sketchy alley! (and this is free) While in Milwaukee you can check out Black Cat Alley which is an award-winning outdoor art gallery featuring graffiti and local artists.
|”…Black Cat Alley which is an award-winning outdoor art gallery featuring graffiti and local artists.”
With only a few hours to pass in the city we didn’t have much time to see everything, of course. But with summer coming and festival season around the corner Milwaukee will be the place to be!