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Guests of the Port Washington Inn often comment about the city’s welcoming parks, a bonus to locals and visitors alike. The parks include the 63-acre lake parks, Rotary Park, a nature preserve, a community waterpark, a 30-mile recreational trail, and numerous neighborhood parks. Here is an overview of the parks most frequented by our guests:
Upper and Lower Lake Parks
Visit Lake Bluff Park, a 63 acre park, which includes Upper Lake Park and Lower Lake Park. These parks offer picturesque views of Lake Michigan, the lighthouse and the harbor. They are a great place to picnic, to hike, and to experience the allure of Lake Michigan.
Take the newly built stairway from Upper Lake Park down to the public beach, which is open year round. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the beach; dip your toes in the water to appreciate Lake Michigan’s “cool factor”! Upper Lake Park is a new favorite with kids of all ages since it now includes the first universally accessible playground in Ozaukee County, aptly named “Possibility Playground”.
The band shell in Lower Lake Park is the place to gather for free concerts on Sunday evenings in the summer and free movies on select Friday evenings. A playground is part of this park as well.
Located at the south end of the marina, Rotary Park includes gardens, walkways, and a gazebo. It serves as the festival headquarters for local festivals and as a popular place to immerse oneself in Port Washington’s Lake Michigan atmosphere.
Take a day exploring the old interurban rail line by venturing out on the Interurban Trail on foot, bicycle, in-line skate or cross-country skis. Access to the trail is only three blocks from the Port Washington Inn (see other blog posts specifically about the Interurban Trail). Port Washington is approximately at the midway point of the trail so it’s convenient to venture north on the trail one day and south on the trail another day.
Sauk Creek Nature Preserve
This 20+ acre nature preserve along Sauk Creek offers excellent bird-watching, hiking trails and great fishing in the Sauk Creek rapids.
Port Washington Inn offers Gourmet Picnics as an add-on to a stay at the inn!
These picnics are often enjoyed at one of the local parks or taken along on a bike ride on the trail. Guests can choose to have their picnic packed in an old-fashioned picnic basket or into backpacks to take hiking or biking. All that fresh air can make you really hungry!