Looking for things to do with the family this summer. Get outside. Fond du Lac has a lot to see and do. Hobbs Woods and Kiekhaefer Park are close to town and worth visiting. If looking to make a short road trip, the Ledgeview Nature Center (near Chilton) offers hours of cheap entertainment for all ages. For young kids, there is an adventure trail. There is also a rock quarry you can walk into and a tower with a scenic view. Inside the main building, there are caged snakes, bats, sturgeon and mice and if you decide to take a tour of the caves, you will likely see uncaged bats. You may want to bring a change of clothes for the caves as you may get dirty but it is definitely worth it. Call ahead for a cave tour as a reservation is recommended.
In town, Lakeside Park is always popular and the Fairgrounds and Taylor Park Pools are very nice when it is hot out. If interested in racing, there are many options for free or at low cost. On June 28th, The Tour of Dairyland will come through Fond du Lac. This included a kids bike race for all ages (even with training wheels) last year. Another great option that is free is the track workouts with the running club at Fruth Field. These are offered every Tuesday at 7PM. They are predominantly workouts however a few races are built into the schedule as well.
It is also worth looking at the new maps of Fond du Lac. These can be found at the YMCA, Attitude Sports, Sports and Spine on Camelot Drive. If you have a child in school in Fond du Lac, one of the maps should’ve been sent home with your child as well. These maps not only describe a lot of great parks in our area, they also include our bike paths. Places for walking, running, biking, mountain biking, swimming, canoeing/kayaking, windsurfing and playgrounds can all be found on these maps.
If nothing else, get outside, set up games of tag, kickball, dodgeball or anything else that involves running. Summer goes by like the blink of an eye. Take advantage of it while it is here.
Joel D Mason, DPT, SCS, CSCS
Physical Therapist, Sports Certified Specialist
Sports, Spine and Work Center, Agnesian HealthCare