Saturday, May 24, 2014

A Day at Bay Beach

View from the Ferris Wheel

The park is right on the bay of Green Bay

Great buildings - clean and well kept
Yesterday, Russ and I went to DePere, picked up our daughter and granddaughter and then spent the day at Bay Beach Amusement Park, a wonderful family city park in Green Bay.  Check out their website to learn more about this great place.  One of the more recent attractions is the Zippin Pippin, a roller coaster that the city of Green Bay bought from Memphis where it had been Elvis Presley's favorite amusement park ride.  The wooden roller coaster has been totally rebuilt and can be ridden for a mere dollar.  Since I am not a roller coaster enthusiast I let Russ enjoy this icon on his own. Cheap prices are the main draw to the park which sits right on the beautiful bay.  Tickets are 25 cents a piece and most rides are either 1 ticket, 2 tickets, or 3 tickets.

Our granddaughter is only three, so she stuck to the merry go round and the train which travels around the park.  One of the nicest features I feel is that there are two super playgrounds, and for Lizzie, she was just as happy on the "free" playground equipment as she was on the ticketed rides.
Picnic spots are abundant, making this a reasonable day out for families.  As the website points out, enjoying summer is a great way to stave off winter blues and that awful cabin fever.  Considering last winter, I plan on savoring lots of special times this summer as a way of preparing for another long Wisconsin winter, should it come.  Another great feature is the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary which is just across the road, making it easy to combine amusement with education. The Sanctuary has many displays about ecology, biology, and has trails along the wetlands.  No admission charge for either the Amusement Park or the Wildlife Sanctuary.

We had a great day and made it home for a quick, but late supper.  Then we popped some popcorn and headed out to the woods our youngest son and his wife recently purchased.  It is only a few miles from their house, but they decided to camp out there this holiday weekend.  The grandkids were delighted to see us, and we were able to enjoy some campfire time while still being able to make it home for a good night's rest in our own bed!  Great start to the holiday weekend!

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