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"MKE" Downtown Free and Fun this Winter

February 10, 2020 /   Milwaukee Downtown Central Library

When snow covers the streets and cold winds blow, leaving home can feel like a chore. Don’t let that stop you from enjoying all Milwaukee has to offer. Apart from restaurants and events, downtown has a variety of other opportunities that are sure to lift your spirits! Here are some exciting ways to experience the city for free this season.  


Tour a Historic Building  

Central Library 

Visit this grand library for an amazing tour on Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. Opened in 1898, this building’s combination of Renaissance styles makes it a sight to behold. Be sure to check out the library’s upcoming free events for extra excitement this winter!  


Take a City Hike  


You don't have to travel deep into the wilderness to find scenic views. Milwaukee’s RiverWalk is the perfect path for breathing fresh air and seeing the sites. Invite a friend or give your dog a chance to get moving while you enjoy this unique trek along the river.  


Go Ice-Skating 

Slice of Ice  

Dust off an old pair of skates or borrow a neighbor’s before hitting downtown’s outdoor ice-skating rink. This excursion is free if you bring your own skates. Rental skates are an additional cost, but the experience is well worth it!  


Milwaukee Art Museum Downtown

Visit Local Museums  

Milwaukee Public Museum  

Discover something new with a trip that is great for the whole family. With special exhibitions that change at least once a year, therare almost always new things to seeVisit the Milwaukee Public Museum for free the first Thursday of every month.  


Milwaukee Art Museum  

You can experience Milwaukee's celebrated art museum for free also on the first Thursday every month. If you missed out this February, don’t feel bad. March 5th will be here in no time, and who knows how long this chilly season will last!


Have a Winter Scavenger Hunt 

Take the whole family on a walk through one of downtown's lovely parks like Cathedral Square, Pere Marquette or Zeidler Union Square. Come prepared with a winter scavenger hunt printable to truly appreciate the beauty of nature. Find a free printable sheet here 


About the author: Claire Barten is Milwaukee Downtown's Special Events & Marketing Intern, spreading Milwaukee Downtown's community ideals through social media and other engaging platforms. 

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