- The list below includes 141 free or cheap things to do in or near Waukesha, Wisconsin, including 75 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Bowling, Bike Paths and Children's Play Area.
- From Fox River Park to Minooka Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Waukesha and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Milwaukee, Cedarburg, Oconomowoc and Franklin.
A venue to several outdoor concerts and music festivals, the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Elkhorn, Wisconsin allows music to be enjoyed to the backdrop of nature. Tailgating and grilling is allowed before shows, which can be enjoyed from general lawn seating.
One of the larger Mequon city parks is known as Virmond Park. This recreational area offers a children's playground, athletic fields, tennis courts, picnic tables, a shelter structure, and an on-site parking area.
Within the North Shore Cinema, guests can access 11 auditoriums which includes the UltraScreen DLX that is three stories tall and 70 feet wide. There is a standard concession stand as well as an on-site pizzeria cafe and cocktail lounge.
Kapco Park is a baseball venue overlooking scenic Lake Michigan that offers affordable, big league excitement. Games entertain children during breaks while free parking, good food and drinks appeal to the adults.
Cedars III Bowling Center is a newly renovated bowling center with a classic retro feel. The bowling alley features 14 flat screen TVs for sports viewing, 8 lanes of bowling and a full drink and snack bar.