My children could go here everyday. We do go about three times a week. The park is free although they do accept donations. This is a great place to appreciate nature and feed the ducks and geese hands on. This is a huge wooded park with trails and every where you turn their are geese to feed, I am talking hundreds at times scattered throughout the park. You are able to sit at the benches or picnic table and just observe or start throwing out the corn and watch them gobble it up. They also offer many indoor fun and educational exhibits, don't skip them because my kids find them just as entertaining and its a nice place to cool down in the summer. Also check out the small zoo along one of the trails. For less than five bucks (for corn) you can spend a whole day with your family enjoying nature and with the added benefit of it being educational as well. Although, you don't have to mention that part to your children if you don't want too.
This is a really good place to go with the kidos. Good trails for a little hike. Also when the Canadian Geese are in the area it is great fun to take a loaf of bread and feed them bread crumbs. I like the little building they have that has interesting things for the kids to look at and learn about. It is open all year round and free. If it has been a little wet weather lately do not plan on taking the little hike. Also if the summer is one that has a lot of misquitos you are eaither going to need bug spray or just skip the walk.
The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary is a mix between a park and a zoo. There are several animal exhibits, many trails and a picnic area. You can buy food to feed the many birds and small animals walking around the large pond/lake. There is also a picnic area just outside the entrance where you can eat lunch with many ducks and geese wandering all around. There are fees to buy the food to feed the animals and donations are appreciated but there is no actual fee to go to this wonderful animal park. It is a great place to spend the afternoon with the kids. Oh and Bay Beach amusement park is just kiddie corner from the wildlife sanctuary, making it very easy to do both on the same day.
I love that this wildlife sanctuary is free! It is open year-round, but with small children it is easier to go when the hiking trails are easier to walk! There is a Nature Education Center that offers 3 floors of various exhibits from hands-on type to different types of research exhibits. There is a small cafe that offers drinks and concession type food fare. I think this is an exhibit any age of children can enjoy, but it will be more enjoyable for the child who is able to read on his own.