The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary faces the Bay Beach Amusement Park but offers amusement of a completely different sort. The sanctuary opened in 1935 as a waterfowl rehab site. Today, the 700-acre wooded parcel houses more than 4,000 injured, orphaned and sick animals, including flying squirrels and bobcats. Many recover and return again to the wild.
The Woodland Building focuses on forest animals, such as wolves, otters and skunks. At the three-floor Nature Education Center, you can stroll through hands-on exhibits and a nature-theme art gallery. The Observation/Rehabilitation Building has enormous windows for gazing at outdoor wildlife, along with the bird of prey and waterfowl exhibits.
Take time to walk the scenic grounds, which include 6.5 miles of trails for hiking or cross-country skiing. One of the trails passes a lookout tower offering great views of the property. If you're into fishing (catch and release), there's a spot set aside for kids under 16 and handicapped adults.