Summer Fun on a Budget

Ah, summer. Tropical beaches, fancy piña coladas and crazy memories – unless you’re a college student, and it feels like doing anything fun this summer is completely impossible because of how expensive everything is.

Good news – there are plenty of things to do in Milwaukee this summer, even if you’re on a budget. There are even places that specifically offer discounts for college students just like you.

Bowlero Bowling Alley    

This one’s right by Mount Mary University. In addition to plenty of specials offered on its website, Bowlero has a $2.22 Tuesday after 8 p.m. every  Tuesday. Get games, shoes for bowling, drinks and pizza specials for just $2.22. This is a perfect way to have a fun night out with friends and show off your bowling skills. (Yes, you can put the bumpers up if you want.)

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Address: 11737 W. Burleigh St., Wauwatosa



Wednesday 2:00 -11:00p.m.

Thursday 4:00 -11:00p.m.

Friday 10:00a.m. – 1:00a.m.

Saturday 10:00a.m. – 1:00a.m.

Sunday 10:00a.m. – 11:00p.m.

Monday 4:00p.m. – 12:00a.m.

Tuesday 4:00p.m. – 12:00a.m.

Jazz in the Park

Every Thursday from May 31 to Aug. 30, enjoy a lineup of a huge variety of jazz music at the Cathedral Square Park. The best part is that it’s absolutely free to attend! Music lovers can appreciate the diverse lineup of bands and genres of jazz. There are also food and drink vendors, so you can enjoy something to eat, and if you’re over 21, some wine or beer.

Address: 520 E. Wells St., Milwaukee

Hours: 5–9 p.m.


Miller Park

Quick, grab your tickets for student nights at Miller Park! Tickets are available now at Student nights are every Friday home game. Loge Level Bleachers seats are $15, and Terrace Reserved seats are $10. Even if baseball isn’t really your thing, there are nachos, hot dogs and soda on their $4 concession menu specifically for students. (And who doesn’t like concession stand food?) Start planning your tailgate party now!

Address: 1 Brewers Way, Milwaukee



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Leon’s Frozen Custard Drive-In

Grab some delicious custard at Leon’s. The diverse menu includes malts, shakes, sundaes, hot dogs and more. Ice cream drive-ins definitely aren’t easy to come by these days, but Leon’s gives the full 1950s experience with its neon sign and classic drive-in style. After picking up your dessert, head over to the South Shore Beach nearby and eat by the lake. (That part’s free!)

Address: 3131 S. 27th St., Milwaukee

Hours: 11 a.m.–12 a.m.



Oakland Café

Grabbing some coffee with friends doesn’t have to be something that you secretly dread because of how overpriced it is. Oakland Café is the perfect café for college students, because if you have your school ID, you get 10 percent off your order. It’s even open until 2 a.m. on the weekends, which means you can get coffee while studying or working on homework for summer classes through the night. Not only does the café have a huge variety of coffee drinks, but they also have smoothies, breakfast sandwiches and a bakery. In addition, they have 18 different

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hookah flavors to choose from to relax with friends. Breakfast sandwiches and hookah are 15 percent off for all college students!

Address: 2979 N. Oakland Ave., Milwaukee


Wednesday12 p.m.–12 a.m.

               Thursday 12 p.m.–12 a.m.

Friday 12 p.m.–2 a.m.

Saturday 12 p.m.–2 a.m.

Sunday 12 p.m.–12 a.m.

Monday 12 p.m.–12 a.m.

Tuesday 12 p.m.–12 a.m.


Milwaukee Art Museum

The first Thursday of every month is free at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Enjoy 25,000 works of art in the famous, beautiful building that overlooks Lake Michigan for no cost at all. This summer, check out the featured exhibit from May 18 to August 26: Photographing Nature’s Cathedrals. The Art Museum normally closes at 5 p.m., but every Thursday it is open until 8 p.m.

Address: 700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee


10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Thursday 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Closed Mondays


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