FDL Guide 2020
Candice Hayward Local Radio Personality, Sunny 97.7FM Fond du Lac
“Rock hunting for ‘Fondy Rocks,’ something we love to do, gets us outside exploring to places like the police station, fire station, library; it helps our kids become familiar with our community.”
Marsh Haven Nature Center. Photo courtesy of Todd Dacquisto.
Year-round, Fond du Lac is hopping with festivals that Candice’s whole family finds fun to participate in— Walleye Weekend , Sturgeon Spectacular , Art All Around , and Fondue Fest to name a few. The Children’s Museum is a year-round recreation destination for children and families. “It’s a great place for kids to run, and is a godsend in the wintertime.” The programming is extensive, including some of the Hayward family’s favorites: Music, Museum & Me, science drop-in with ever-changing science experiments, and the new fire truck exhibit. Partnering with Annie’s Fountain City Cafe , the Museum even offers a culinary kids class. Beyond biking and other outdoor adventures, Fond du Lac is home to a beautiful YMCA with a swimming pool and lessons that Candice’s family enjoys year-round.
Fortunate to live Downtown, where there is so much to explore within walking distance, Candice and her family often pedal the Fond du Lac Loop , stopping for a rewarding A&W Root Beer treat along the way. “We really enjoy our local parks. This is a fun place to raise a family, where you can feel safe and good about it.” A bit farther out of town, several nurseries provide endless hours of exploration for Candice’s youngest green thumbs. Their favorites are Haentze’s Floral , Stuart’s Landscape , and Hounsell’s Greenhouse . Two additional destinations are Meuer Farm and The Little Farmer . “Both offer a multitude of activities that can keep your kids moving for hours. Especially in our digital society, it’s important to get kids outside and exploring their community.”
swing golf simulators and one of the more unique sports bars in the area! Come try our Friday Fish Fry, homemade cheese curds, daily specials, and enjoy our Par Burger and Albatross Steak Sandwich. Open Tues–Sun.
*Please refer to both the Fond du Lac Area Park Chart and Fond du Lac Area Bike/ Recreation Trail Chart and fdl.com for a complete list of recreation opportunities. GET ACTIVE BLUE LINE FAMILY ICE CENTER 550 Fond du Lac Avenue 920-923-0717 fdlblueline.com One of the finest ice rink facilities in Wisconsin and home to the Fondy Bears, Fondy Blades, Fond du Lac Thunder, Marian University, St. Mary’s Springs, Fond du Lac High School, Warbirds, Fond du Lac Figure Skating Club, and The Hockey Factory. Public skating and skate rental available. We are a year-round skating facility that offers hockey, figure skating, intro to skating, birthday parties, and weddings.
FAIRGROUNDS AQUATIC CENTER/WATERPARK 439 Martin Avenue 920-322-3950 fdlrecdept.com
Enjoy multiple slides and interactive water play features along with a sand area and grassy areas around the pool for picnics and to soak up some sun! Concession stand also available.
RECREATION Marsh Haven Nature Center. Photos courtesy of Todd Dacquisto.
FOND DU LAC COMMUNITY AQUATIC CENTER 100 W. 9th Street 920-929-3536 fdlrecdept.com
DONNY DU’S INDOOR GOLF & SPORTS N 5894 Military Road
The Aquatic Center is open to the public for a variety of activities that include swim lessons, open swim, group water activities in a large and small pool, water wellness classes, swim team practices and meets, and birthday party rentals.
Home of the Donny Du Golf School, we are the premier golf simulator experience in the Fox Valley, boasting with two full-
Snow kiting on frozen Lake Winnebago.
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