We live near the Oak Leaf Trail. With all the extensions built in the past few years, there are few people who don't have a piece of the trail nearby. There are still extensions being built, so we're pretty lucky they continue to find funding. Milwaukee is a very bikeable county, and you don't even need to buy a bike. Bublr bikes are all over the city for rent and will be out until the weather gets nasty.
|Oak Leaf Trail is more than 115 miles of biking heaven|
The best way to find the trail is with the county parks map. It's available at the Oak Leaf Trail link or with the Park People website. For $5, this will get you around to every county park and every trail. It also shows beer gardens, birding hot spots, the urban water trail, and mountain biking trails, restrooms, and a list of county parks. I keep one in my car and one in my bike bag.
With Marlee in tow, I biked to Riverside Urban Ecology Center. I haven't been here in a few years and was surprised by how much everything has matured now. Plants are taking over the place. When it was first built, you could easily see the bike parking and picnic area. Now it's easy to miss it. The garden plots are rented out and all of them had beautiful food and flowers growing. Inside, we looked at the turtles, snakes, fish, and frog. What kid doesn't enjoy that? We also climbed the tower, checked out the lilypad pond, and of course Marlee tried the super secret slide. Everyone loves it, and even a big person like myself can fit. Really fun for all ages.
|Meeting the turtle|
|What's behind this door? Shhh...it's the slide!|
|This is the slide hidden inside|
|Plants started in pots on the upper terrace|
|Pretty lilies in bloom|
We played at nearby Riverside Park playground for a short while before we biked home again. Use toilets at the Urban Ecology Center before going there as the toilet building has never been unlocked in the seven years I've been going to this park. Overall, our bike trip took three hours and we were back home again. Marlee fell asleep within a block of the house. Mission accomplished. I got my exercise and she got worn out.
|All worn out after our trip|