By Brennan Trimble
The weather is warming up and spring has officially sprung (cross your fingers). This means, after a winter of being cooped up inside, it is time to stretch your legs and venture outside for an afternoon off. Now, being a student and working 2 jobs, I don’t always get a ton of down time, but this time of year, I make a point to find some – and I recommend you do to!
I’ve compiled a short list of some of my favorite spring-time activities that not only get you outside enjoying the warmer weather, but if you grab your family or a few friends, will have you chirping like the birds in the trees.
Frisbee golfing is an easy, laid-back, yet fun filled activity that gets you outdoors and walking, while giving you the opportunity to enjoy a sport that is often overlooked by many. The idea behind it is simple: throw the Frisbees (or disks) toward the “hole,” or basket with the goal of getting it in in as few throws as possible. Basically, it’s golf with Frisbees – shocking! The La Crosse area provides a wonderful course in Pettibone Park complete with 18 holes and disk rental available on site. The course provides a relatively flat landscape, and being moderately wooded, adds a bit of a challenge. If you’re feeling adventurous, there are also courses located in Winona, MN, and Sparta, WI, amongst others. More details on locations, difficulty, and size can be found here: http://www.dgcoursereview.com/course.php?id=1679
Pick-up Sports and an Afternoon at the Park
With March Madness upon us and the snow melting in the parks, it’s time to gather the neighborhood troop, the extended family, or just some good friends and head up to any of our local parks for an afternoon of pick-up sports games. The La Crosse area is home to many parks, and most have the amenities to provide an afternoon filled with fun, exercise, and maybe even a grill out to refuel after a long afternoon of playing! Copeland Park, Bluffview Park, and Red Cloud Park are packed full of things to do, from horseshoes to hiking trails, as well as ball fields and courts, but you can find a full list of the parks and what they offer here: http://www.cityoflacrosse.org/index.aspx?NID=1650
Visit a Museum
Wisconsin weather is as unpredictable as it is diverse, and sometimes those sunny, warm spring days don’t quite materialize – at least not as early or often as some of us may like. Don’t be discouraged, though, as the La Crosse area is home to an untapped vault of cultural and historical fun – much of which can be found in one of multiple museums in the area. Take the kids to The Little Falls Doll and Railroad Museum, Elmers Auto and Toy Museum or The Children’s Museum of La Crosse. If you’re taking that special someone out for the afternoon, consider a beautiful drive up Highway 61 to Winona, MN to visit the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. Or, if you’re looking for something a bit more unique, consider a tea tasting at the Dim Sum Tea Shop and learn about a rich history and subtleties of America’s second most popular beverage!