Between the Amusement Park and the Wildlife Sanctuary, you can enjoy a full, low-cost day of exploration and adventure!
The Bay Beach Amusement Park features many rides for a variety of ages! Rides are divided into three levels:
Kiddie Rides: Aimed at children less than 50 inches tall. Boat Ride, Chairplanes (36-42″ Requirement), Granny Bugs, Jeeps, Lady Bugs, Race Cars, Sky Fighters.
Family Rides: Aimed at families visiting the park. Some age and height restrictions may apply, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Rockin’ Tug, Bumper Cars, Ferris Wheel, Helicopters, Scrambler, Merry-go-Round, Slide, Tilt-a-Whirl, East Bound Train (Coming 2018: West Bound Train)
Thrill Rides: Aimed at individuals who meet ride-specific height requirements. Bay Beast, Falling Star, Sea Dragon, Yo-Yo and the Zippin’ Pippin Roller Coaster
Bay Beach Amusement Park uses a ticket system, with rides typically costing between 1-2 tickets (max. 4 tickets). Tickets are available at the park entrances for $0.25/ticket. The Park also offers several open picnic areas and shelters to enjoy your lunch. The shelters are available for rent.
New rides are being added every year! As of 2018, a new West Bound Train has been added. There are plans to add a 100ft tall Ferris Wheel to the park in 2019.
The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary is a 600-acre nature preserve, the second largest in the state of Wisconsin. The Sanctuary includes several educational centers as well as a large variety of animal viewing exhibits, free to all visitors!
The first building, with parking and public restrooms, is the Nature Center. This educational center offers three-stories of hands-on education! A large part of the displays are dedicated to estuary (mouth of a river) education and wildlife in the local area. To make this more fun for children, there are interactive exhibits, including a tube slide and several “tree” tunnels for exploration.
Next, the Woodland Center allows you and your family to learn about local wildlife. This includes snakes, turtles, and much more! Right outside of the center there is a wolf habitat. Come at the right time and you can see, and maybe even hear, the wolves!
There is also an Observation Tower. You can climb up the tower and see the deer habitat and landscape. If heights aren’t really your thing, you can also stay at the bottom of the tower and feed the deer. Food dispensers for the deer are easy to find and cost $0.25 for a handful!
There are many more animal exhibits featuring local, but fascinating, wildlife! To really engage with the wildlife, though, go to the Observation Building, across the floating bridge behind the Nature Center. Here you can purchase bags of corn ($0.25/bag) to feed to the geese and ducks. You can also look in on bat, amphibian, reptile, and fish habitats!