Back-to-school expenses and an eye toward Christmas means many of us are tightening our budgets. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t have a TON of fun with friends and family, even if we’ve got our eyes on the bottom line. Here are thirteen really great things you can do in Wisconsin for under $10:
1. NEW Zoo (Green Bay)
For just seven dollars admission for adults, five bucks for kids, this is a steal. You can see TONS of animals, and for fifty cents more, even have the experience to feed giraffes. (!!!!!) The zoo has added an "adventure" element to it, including zip lines, and that does cost more. However, there is plenty for you to do for under $10.
2. Olbrich Botanical Gardens (Madison)
Can you believe that this entire outdoor garden is FREE? Yes, it is free (suggested donation, of course). There are so many varieties of plants for you to gaze upon....literally, stop and smell the roses. If you choose to go into the Bolz Conservatory, it's going to set you back two dollars.
3. Mount Horeb
You NEED to visit the troll capital of the world. And guess what? It's free to drive or walk around. This is an absolute hoot.
4. North Beach (Racine)
Hurry....while the weather is still nice...and head out to North Beach. It's one of the best vantage points from which to experience Lake Michigan. Live music and concessions make this a great outing for the whole family.
5. Iron River Fish Hatchery
Love fish? Then this is the place for you. Learn what the people at this hatchery do for the state to keep populations healthy. This one's on the house.
6. University of Wisconsin Geology Museum (Madison)
Where else can you see such AWESOME exhibits (DINOS!!! AMIRITE??!!) for free? Yes, you can see a great collection. For peanuts.
7. Aquanut Water Show (Twin Lakes)
Boy, how can you not smile real big when you see this? Water shows are a Wisconsin tradition, and Aquanut does it as great as anyone does. FREE shows on Wednesday and Saturday.
8. Miller Beer Tour (Milwaukee)
If you haven't gone on a beer tour, you really need to. And I'd start with Miller. The tour is actually very informative. But the part you really care about...the beer.....yes, you get beer. And you get some pretty large portions, including some nice pretzels to go with it. Mmmmmmm, beer...
9. Tour the capitol (Madison)
Did you know that it's completely FREE to get a tour of the capitol? You can learn so much about our state's history and the history of our state government. Great for kids and adults, alike.
10. Ride the Kenosha streetcars
You might be old enough to remember these bad boys, but kids get a real charge out of them. It's fun to ride around in these, nonetheless. And you'll be thrilled about the price--50 cents for kids, $1 for adults.
11. Action City (Eau Claire)
Action City happens to be the largest indoor go-kart track in the Midwest. As you can see, they have outdoor go-karting as well. No matter where you race, it's buckets of fun. That fun only costs you between 5 and 6 dollars depending on what speed you select.
12. Appleton Ice
Whether it's winter or summer in Wisconsin, everyone loves to go ice skating. Appleton Ice is one of the best facilities I've come across. Public skate costs just $3 and if you don't have your own skates, it's an additional $2. That's so cheap for tons of fun. You might want to budget a couple of extra dollars for a cup of hot cocoa!
13. Southport Lighthouse (Kenosha)
Visit the Southport Light Station Museum, and better understand the life of the person keeping watch at the lighthouse. Interesting note, you can actually light the lighthouse for a special occasion or to remember someone for just $35. That's just really cool.
What are some of your favorite things to do in Wisconsin that just don’t cost too much money? Let us know in the comments.