5 Events That Let You Get the Most Out of Spring in Northeast Wisconsin

Spring has Sprung at the De Pere Riverwalk in Northeast Wisconsin

After much anticipation…spring is finally here! (Knock on wood)

In Wisconsin, sometimes it seems like we almost skip over spring and autumn, going directly from winter to summer – or vice versa. For that reason, you have to take advantage of those spectacular spring days before we switch from complaining about the cold to complaining about the humidity.

Check out these events in our area to help you make the most of it…

1. De Pere Riverwalk Grand Opening

De Pere is officially unveiling it’s new Riverwalk on Saturday with a big party.

While it has been open to the public for awhile, the new additions include a wildlife-viewing pier and fishing piers that extend out over the Fox River. Now the weather is right and everyone is invited to come check out the improvements to the Voyager Park area.

Locktender's House

Locktender’s House

There’s a bridge that takes you over the river to the lock-tender house, which we just found out today will soon be home to a unique concession area operated by the owners of Kavarna Coffeehouse.

The Locktender’s House (perfect name) should be open by early July and will offer things like grass fed hot dogs (I didn’t know hot dogs ate grass) and pasta salads as well as hot and cold beverages including an old-style soda fountain. Sounds like this will be a big hit with folks using the Fox River Trail.

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony, food and live music from Fat Brass. You’ll also find tour guides giving you interesting facts about local wildlife and De Pere’s history. Saturday’s event runs from Noon to 4 p.m.

2. Wisconsin Fishing  Opener

fishing in wisconsinYou’ll be able to whip out your rod (fishing that is) and take the new pier in De Pere for a test drive Saturday because it’s also opening weekend in Wisconsin.

Unfortunately for some parts of the state, it may have to be ice fishing. But inland lakes in our area have thawed out and Saturday seems to be shaping up to be just right weather-wise.

Of course, you’ll need to pick up your fishing license first. But if you’re like me and procrastinate like crazy – here’s another date to keep in mind.

June 1st & 2nd is Free Fishing Weekend in Wisconsin. That’s a great time to take the kids to your favorite spot.

3. Algoma Garden Show


Algoma hosting Dig-In Gardening Show

Now that the snow has melted away, we can start planting flower and vegetable gardens. My sugar snap peas and radishes went in the ground last weekend.

The Dig-In Algoma Gardening Show takes place Saturday, May 4th,  from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Algoma Youth Club Gym (640 Lake Street). This year the event will also focus on birdwatching (or birding if you prefer that term).  There will be lawn and garden vendors as well as a variety of presentations. The event is free to the public.

Don’t forget to visit your favorite local greenhouses and garden centers. I’m itching to stop by my go-to greenhouse, Lindsley’s on the east side of Green Bay, but I’ve got to wait a little longer to pick up some tomato plants.

4.  Menominee Park Zoo Kid’s Fest Kickoff Carnival

Menominee Park Zoo Kid's Fest

Feeding a Camel at Menominee Park Zoo

Saturday is opening day at the Menominee Park Zoo in Oshkosh and they’re ready to celebrate.

This zoo leases animals because of it’s short season. So there are different creatures and exhibits to see each year. Admission to the zoo is free.

There will also be a bouncy house, games kids can play for just a quarter, free balloons as well as entertainment from Dank Kirk – The Juggler With the Yellow Shoes.

The amusement area at the park is also opening up on Saturday, which includes train rides, whip rides, a carousel, paddle-boats, aqua-bikes and pontoon rentals. Stop by and enjoy the beauty of Lake Winnebago this weekend.

5. Bay Beach Amusement Park Opening Day

bay beach opening weekend

On the Carousel at Bay Beach in Green Bay

If you’re closer to the Green Bay area and Oshkosh is too far to drive, Bay Beach Amusement Park will also be opening up its rides for the 2013 season this weekend.

For the time being, Bay Beach will only be open on weekends until later this month. After Memorial Day, the park is open seven days a week.

The buzz around Bay Beach right now is about a new ride called the Sea Dragon. It’s one of those giant swing rides shaped like a huge canoe. It won’t be ready to go this weekend, but park officials have said they hope to debut the ride before the season ends in September.

But if you haven’t tried the Zippin Pippin yet – this would be a great weekend to do just that. A roller coaster with a view of the Bay of Green Bay – it doesn’t get much cooler than that.

What Are You Up to This Weekend?

What else is going on? Leave a comment and let us now what you’ll be doing now that spring is finally here.

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