Twice I took them up to Green Bay this week. I had made plans with another family to meet up at Bay Beach Amusement Park. Horse Daughter was off of work and Hubby could get off of work on Wednesday, so we went on Wednesday. The plan to meet a friend was on Thursday. Poor planning on my part really, but it worked out and we got 2 days of fun. It’s not a bad drive, nor is it a really long drive. Just under 2 hours, so it’s not terrible.
Of course, per my usual, there are no pictures to prove anything happened last week. I even tried to get some pictures online, but now with the Windows 10 update, I can’t figure out how to do it..
Day 1. We arrived, finally, after going past our exit about 15 minutes because of construction. We paid $20 and got our 80 tickets. $.25 each. Very nice price and each ride takes 1-4 tickets.
We divided up the tickets and hit the rides. The kids went on the Tilt a Whirl. Hubby and I waited. We don’t do spinny rides. There are several to choose from and they hit several of them. Then they took a break from those rides and let us old fogies go on a ride with them.
Bumper cars. A family favorite. I am sure you are all surprised. Nothing like hitting your family member as hard as you can in a car and no one gets hurt.
Youngest 2 discovered they really liked the giant slide so they went on that over and over and over again. For 1 ticket, they could go on it over and over again.
Then back to the bumper cars. Oh yea… As many times as we could that day. It was only 3 tickets. Then off to the most expensive ride of the day; Zippin Pippin. 4 whole tickets to ride Elvis’s favorite ride! The old fashioned wooden roller coaster moved here in 2011. It is really a rough ride, but really fun. Hands up everyone!
The kids then rode the Sea Dragon, which is the newest ride at the park. I waited.. Those kinds are not my style. Then back for another ride on Zippin Pippin. I waited out this one.
There are several “little kid” rides like the Lady bugs, jeeps and fighter jets, helicopters and boats. Also a train ride, and that everyone rode. There is an old fashioned steam train and a newer diesel engine. We could have ridden the carousel as well, but we were done with rides by then, and out of tickets after purchasing one more ticket to ride the roller coaster one last time.
Tickets gone, we headed over to the wildlife sanctuary just down the street. We had never been in there before and were pleasantly surprised.
They have several areas you can walk and even a small zoo to look through. In the Nature Center there were lots of artifacts to touch and examine, birds to watch at the feeders, and lots of nooks and crannies designed to look like animal homes to play in. Even a slide that started up at the second floor and went down to the 1st floor to end up in a beaver home. They had a blast in there- I guess they are not too old for an indoor slide.
Down a short path we found a play area designed to look like a rocky animal habitat. They played there a bit, then we found the zoo area where we watched the river otters play, found a fox napping and watched the wolves in their enclosure. Another short walk and we found a place where we could watch the deer and a turkey. We fed the deer the handful of food we got for our quarters.
That night we ate dinner at a little diner called “Krolls” just across the street from Lambeau field. It was good and friendly. We liked that.
Day 2, we met our friends at the park. We went on the rides, but they were all done with the rides much sooner than I expected, so we gave away our last few tickets and headed to the chocolate store.
Seroogy’s. Still working on the pronunciation of this one. But, the chocolate was YUMMY!! They have handmade chocolates, lots of samples, and (JOY!!) buy 2 get one free sale!!! So, yes, I did buy way too many chocolates.
They have been making chocolates since 1899. They have learned a lot in over 100 years.
We ended the day with dinner at HuHots. The kids had never been, but seemed to like it. Of course, that candy waiting in the car was a good incentive to get them to eat all of their creations. This is one of those places where you get a bowl, choose your meats, noodles and vegetables, top it with sauces and watch while the cooks cook it up for you on a huge flat top grill. It’s all you can eat as well.
The most expensive part of those two days, was dinners out. We packed lunch and some snacks for the day and water. We did purchase some drinks there at the park for $1.50 or 1.75.
I would highly recommend a trip to Green Bay when you can. There is so much more for you to do in the area and there is Bay Beach Amusement park. A definite highlight in our book!