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 (if you didn’t bring one, check out Bublr Bikes, the city’s bikeshare system), enjoy your yoga practice in the fresh air, 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 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 colorful 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. This year, the sculptures will expand into the Historic Third Ward and remain up into fall and winter, so there's plenty of time to enjoy them. 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 X acres of land with no paths so you can explore freely. This is a great spot to bring a sketchbook or notebook for a quiet afternoon.