Solo Travel


There's no better way to refresh and reset than a solo trip. More and more, travelers are discovering the fun and adventure of traveling solo. It can be intimidating to plan your first unaccompanied trip, but once you catch the bug, it can be hard to find a travel experience that matches the freedom and adventure of going solo. 

Communing with nature is the perfect one-on-one activity – just you and the great outdoors.  And Milwaukee’s urban outdoors are pretty great! With Lake Michigan, three rivers, more than 150 state and county parks, and more than 130 miles of bike trails, there’s an option for everyone. 

Rent a kayak to explore Milwaukee’s waterways, hop on a bike (check out Bublr Bikes, the city’s bikeshare system), enjoy your yoga practice in one of the picturesque county parks, or enjoy an urban hike. Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead (of Central Park fame), Lake Park is a local favorite spot for nature lovers and photographers thanks to waterfalls, stunning stone bridges, and the historic North Point Lighthouse

If you prefer to take in fresh air through a casual stroll, the Walking Milwaukee cards are a fun souvenir and a self-guided historic walking tour all in one. Or visit nearby Grafton, WI to visit the Paramount Plaza and Walk of Fame, part of the Mississippi Blues Trail. Some of the most important records in blues history were recorded right here at Paramount Records in the Wisconsin Chair Factory.

Take an arts adventure through the city, exploring murals, sculpture, and more. Milwaukee's vibrant public art helps bring city neighborhoods to life.

Black Cat Alley transformed an alleyway on Milwaukee's East Side into an urban art destination. And murals throughout the city speak to themes of social justice, natural beauty, and the city's history. Check out the public art map to plan an adventure by foot, bike, or car.

Sculpture Milwaukee brings world-class outdoor sculptures to downtown with an annual installation along Wisconsin Avenue and stretching into the Historic Third Ward. You can find self-guided tour options, virtual art talks, and more at SculptureMilwaukee.org.

Lynden Sculpture Garden is another great spot for the solo arts lover to enjoy the beauty of monumental sculpture in nature. These sculptures are sited across 40 acres of land with no paths so you can explore freely. This is a perfect spot to bring a sketchbook or notebook for a quiet afternoon.

Many Milwaukee restaurants are operating at limited capacity and still offering great takeout and delivery menus so you can enjoy your meal whenever and wherever you like. Why not plan a DIY progressive dinner, ordering appetizer, entree, and dessert from different spots?

Beer gardens are a staple of summertime in Milwaukee and can easily be enjoyed solo. Grab a stein of beer and enjoy live music, food, and good cheer. Be sure to check guidelines before you go, as some beer gardens allow carry-in food and some do not. 

If you enjoy, scavenger hunts, trails, and tours soundStage MKE by Milwaukee Rep is an excellent free audible exploration. It is located at the backdrop of downtown from local playwriters and sound designers. This audible tour allows you to journey through the streets of Milwaukee and provides insights of the history of Milwaukee, humor and more.
Soundstage Milwaukee starts at the Central Branch of Milwaukee Public Library and finishes at the War Memorial Center. The tour overall is split into four audio chapters and doesn’t have any specific order arrangement, so you are able to finish your journey over course of multiple days if you wish.


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