Bay Beach Amusement Park: A Perfect Summer Day Trip from Milwaukee

If you’re looking for a fun-filled day trip from Milwaukee, Bay Beach Amusement Park in Green Bay is an excellent choice.

Just an hour and a half drive from Milwaukee, this park offers the quintessential Wisconsin summer experience for families.

Photo from Visit Green Bay

With free parking, free admission, and super affordable ride tickets, it’s easy on the wallet too.

What to Expect

Bay Beach Amusement Park has something for everyone, from kiddie rides to thrill rides.

Tickets are only 25 cents each, and all rides take between one and four tickets.

We recommend starting with $5 per person, which gives you 20 tickets each. (Remember, tickets don’t expire, so you can always save any extras for your next visit!)

The Ferris Wheel with a View

One of the highlights of Bay Beach Amusement Park is the stunning Ferris Wheel that offers breathtaking views overlooking Lake Michigan. This ride fits up to six people in each car, making it perfect for families.

As you ascend, you’ll get a panoramic view of the lake and the surrounding area, providing a beautiful backdrop for your day of fun.

Kiddie Rides

  • Boats
  • Granny Bugs
  • Jeeps
  • Lady Bugs
  • Race Cars
  • Sky Fighters

These rides are perfect for the littlest riders who can sit up on their own and are no taller than 50 inches.

Family Rides

  • Big Wheel (under 42 inches rides with an adult—no single riders)
  • Bumper Cars (must be 48 inches to ride with an adult, 54 inches to drive alone)
  • Ferris Wheel (must be 36 inches to ride with an adult, 48 inches to ride without an adult—no single riders)
  • Helicopters (sit up on their own)
  • Train and Merry-Go-Round (all may ride with adult supervision)
  • Rockin’ Tug (under 42 inches rides with an adult—no riders under the age of 2)
  • Scrambler (under 42 inches must ride with an adult—no riders under the age of 2)
  • Slide (under 48 inches must ride with an adult—no riders under the age of 2)
  • Tilt-a-Whirl (under 46 inches must ride with an adult—no riders under the age of 2)

Thrill Rides

  • Bay Beast (must be 44 inches to ride)
  • NebulaZ (must be 42 inches to ride)
  • Scat (must be 48 inches to ride)
  • Sea Dragon (must be 48 inches to ride)
  • Yo-Yo (must be 42 inches to ride—under 210 pounds)
  • Zippin Pippin (must be 48 inches to ride)

Tips for Your Visit

  • Parking and Admission: Parking is free, and there is no general admission fee.
  • Ride Tickets: All tickets are 25 cents each, and rides require 1-4 tickets. Start with $5 per person.
  • Strollers and Wheelchairs: Bring your own, as there are none available for rent.
  • Restrooms: Located in the main building by the parking lot.
  • Food and Picnics: Pack snacks and lunch to enjoy at the picnic tables, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Concession stands also offer food for purchase.

Why We Love It

Bay Beach Amusement Park is perfect for families, with a mix of rides for all ages and free admission.

The classic roller coaster, Zippin Pippin, added in 2011, is a must-ride for thrill-seekers. With plenty of low-impact rides for the little ones and exciting options for older kids and adults, it’s a great destination for a summer day trip.

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