One thing we as parents love is family fun that doesn't cost a fortune, and Bay Beach amusement park and wildlife sanctuary doesn’t disappoint!
We visited the park on the Monday after the Fourth of July, thinking that it would be busy. As we rolled into the wildlife sanctuary, we were pleased to see that there were only a handful of cars in the parking lot. We figured that this was because of the storms which were sure to threaten the area in the evening. Unafraid, we headed up the paved pathway through the entrance of the park.
The path first led us to a building which housed an underwater viewing area where we watched otters play. Inside of the building we found various other critters which call the state of Wisconsin home. Upon exiting, we were greeted by three wolves, who seemed happy to see us! It is not often that you can get so close to animals like this (especially at a place that is FREE by the way)! Continuing along the path we saw a cougar, a bobcat, fox, deer, coyotes, and even some wild turkeys that call the park home.
After we were done checking out the wildlife, we decided to take a hike down one of the many trails within the refuge. We were elated to find “Resch Falls”, a man-made water feature that was begging us to take pictures in front of it. With the rain coming, we decided to head Inside of the spacious nature center. We found inside that there were numerous learning activities for children. Our kids especially loved going down the slide from the second floor and exiting “underwater”. By the time we had seen everything inside, the rain let up and we made our way across the street to the amusement park.
For it being the day after the Fourth of July, the park was a ghost town. One of the ride attendants made a comment to us that he thinks everyone got scared away by the chance of rain. Nonetheless, the clouds had parted and we were ready for a fun-packed evening in a near empty park.
Bay Beach amusement park is like a blast from the past. There is no admission cost, and you can purchase tickets for a mere 25 cents each. Depending on which ride you choose, they will cost you between one and four tickets per ride. We opted to buy $60 worth of tickets – which seemed cheap seeing as though we are used to paying the high admission prices at Florida theme parks.
No matter your age, the park has something for everyone. There were so many “little kid” rides that our four-year-old absolutely loved. Our older kids enjoyed time on the bumper cars and the “Yo-Yo”, a giant swing ride. The park is home to “Zippin Pippin”, an all wooden roller coaster that used to call Memphis it’s home and claims to be Elvis Presley’s favorite roller coaster. There It is clear that the park aims to keep things fresh because they had added a couple new attractions since the last time that we were there about three years ago.
The amusement park had an awesome carnival feel to it. They even had carnival food at the concession stand! At the end of the night, we still had $20 of our tickets left (which never expire) and our kids were asking to go back on the ride home. We will see you again soon, Bay Beach!
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