Thursday, December 31, 2015

Preview Post: Lake Wapogasset Park

Lake Wapogasset Park is on Lake Wapogasset in the Town of Garfield, which is next to Amery.  There is a nice covered picnic area and a playground for the kids.  The park also houses a boat launch and lots of shoreline, but there is not a swimming area from what I can tell.

The park also contains a trail and bathrooms.

Lake Wapogasset Park
130th Street ~ Amery, WI ~ (715)268-4857

Preview Post: Amery School Forest

The Amery School Forest is open to the public to explore.  There are trails and a shelter.  It is focused mainly on the plant life in the area, but I'm sure their is fauna to be found as well!  This looks like a nice place to take the family for a couple of hours.

Amery School Forest
Parking at the schools: 501 Minneapolis Avenue ~ Amery, WI ~ (715)268-9771

Preview Post: Glenna Farms

Glenna Farms in Amery is primarily a maple  Orchard? I guess I'm not sure what you call that, but syrup is their thing!

While Glenna Farms' store is open year-round, they welcome the general public to the rest of the farm for various events throughout the year.

The pumpkin patch in the Fall comes with a free horse-drawn hayride, cider, and cookies.  They also have tour and tasting events.  There is a free pancake breakfast in the spring...with maple syrup, of course!

Glenna Farms
1333 120th Street ~ Amery, WI ~ (715)268-4702

Preview Post: D D Kennedy Environmental Area

The D D Kennedy Environmental Area in Amery is a huge conversation land.  There is prairie, river, and dam.  They have trails and lots of wildlife.  There are also picnic areas and multiple bathrooms.  There is a playground next to the pavilion. 

D D Kennedy Environmental Area
1459 Kennedy Mill Avenue ~ Amery, WI ~ (715)268-7565

Preview Post: Amery Ice Arena

The Amery Ice Arena is home to the Amery Youth Hockey Association, but they also host open skating.  They do have skates to rent.

Amery Ice Arena
1065 Riverplace Drive ~ Amery, WI
Admission: Varies - $5 per person or family, $3 skate rental

Preview Post: York Park

If you are looking to explore the great outdoors, look no further than York Park in Amery.  This is a 40-acre park with lots of adventure waiting inside.  It is not your "sit and watch the kids play" kind of park.  This is the park where you bring your backpack and see where the day takes you.

They have woods, lake, and bog.  York Park is also recognized as a great place for bird watching, and I would guess you may find your fair share of other critters here, too.

There are trails and a picnic area.

York Park
Highway 46 & N Bend Street ~ Amery, WI

Preview Post: South Twin Park

South Twin Park looks like a great place to play in Amery!  There is a sandy beach on South Twin Lake.  There is no life guard on duty, so watch closely.  There is a large, covered picnic area and a building with showers (and I would assume toilets?).

I see plenty of space to run around. The park is listed as having a playground, but that looks to consist of a few swings and maybe a see-saw.

South Twin Park
W Elm Street & Water Avenue ~ Amery, WI

Preview Post: Soo Line Park

Soo Line Park in Amery boasts a large, open space as well as a nice pavilion.  There are benches and picnic tables.  It is also the start of a trail and hosts farmers' markets.  There is no playground.

Free wifi available.

Soo Line Park
Keller Avenue & Center Street W ~ Amery, WI

Preview Post: Schumacher Park

Schumacher Park in Amery sounds like a quiet place for a picnic.  There doesn't seem to be a whole lot there, so I wouldn't plan on spending an afternoon.  It is right on the river, so there might be some potential for feeding ducks!

Schumacher Park
Keller Avenue & Riverview Boulevard ~ Amery, WI

Tower Lanes

Tower Lanes in Beaver Dam is a fairly typical bowling alley, but they do have some pretty nice features for kids.

While Tower Lanes has your bumpers and kid-friendly balls, they also have these super cute bowling ramps.  It's basically a big plastic dragon slide for your bowling ball.  It greatly improved our experience instead of waiting in agony, hoping that s-l-o-w preschool ball was actually going to make it to the pins.

Tower Lanes also participates in the "Kids Bowl Free" program, allowing you some cheap family fun all summer long!

Tower Lanes
1660 North Spring Street ~ Beaver Dam, WI ~ (920) 887-8000
Admission: Varies - Generally $3.50-$3.75 per game, plus $2.75 shoe rental