5 Ways to Stay Cool Without a Pool This Summer

It’s summer in Milwaukee, which means hot days. Here are a few ways to beat the heat.

Even though we spend our winters praying for warmer weather, the sometimes-scorching summer days in Milwaukee can overwhelm the best of us.

But keeping in mind COVID-19, and the restrictions that come along with it, swimming in a public pool isn’t as appealing as it used to be.

Wondering how else to cool down this summer? Look no further. We found five ways to take advantage of the summer.

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1. Indulge in an Icy Treat 

From retro-flair institutions like Leon’s on the South Side to Wholly Cow’s frozen custard in Lake Country, Milwaukee has a lot to offer in the world of custard, ice cream and other frozen treats. Check out our guide here

2. Go on a Bike Ride With Your Crew

Take a break from the rays with a covered four (or six) person bike ride along Lake Michigan. The bike cover in combination with the lake breeze is guaranteed to keep you cool throughout your ride. You could even race other bikes from safe distance of six feet. Check out Veteran’s Park South Bike Rentals for more information.

3. Tap into your Inner Explorer

Although you can’t take a dip in the Milwaukee River, don’t pass up the opportunity to get as close to the surface as possible with Milwaukee Kayak Company. Explore your favorite city from the water and enjoy the occasional splash. 

4. Cool Off Old School Style 

For those of us who miss over-air-conditioned movie theaters as a refuge from the sun, Milwaukee has an alternative for you. Check out the Milky Way Drive-In Theater at the Ballpark Commons in Franklin to catch some great flics and bask in the nostalgia. The list of showings and showtimes can be found on the Milky Way website. 

5. Chill like a Wisconsinite  

Nothing will cool you off quite like a cold beer. Treat yourself. You deserve it. Take a look at our beer garden guide to see which ones are open this summer. Relax with a pint and take a break from the sun. 


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Marla Hiller is an editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine. She is a junior at Boston University majoring in international relations and minoring in journalism