The Perks of La Crosse, Wisconsin
In my trip to La Crosse, Wisconsin, I went around to the parks and explored the beauty of the land. La Crosse is one of the most beautiful places I have lived in: with the bluffs standing tall and rivers flowing through the valley. It is nice to be able to take the natural beauty of the world, even if you are only here for a little time.
Pettibone Park—est. 1901
Although Pettibone is on the other side of the Mississippi River, I still constitute it as a great perk of La Crosse. Not only is there fabulous swimming in the Mississippi, but you can go to the park and fish, canoe, or do other activities. I remember as a kid going fishing there—honestly, that was the only place I have. Between the sandy beach and the park filled with trees, you couldn’t go wrong hanging out there for a day.
Riverside Park is on the opposite side of Pettibone Beach, right on the Mississippi River in downtown La Crosse. If you check out my last article I wrote about downtown La Crosse, you can see this is where you would get on the La Crosse Queen Boat Tour. I have special memories of that park, as my Dad used to play in the West Salem Jazz Band down in the park during the summer, and it is where I took my senior photos. Now, if you catch one before it is occupied, they have even added hammocks to the park, just to let you relax some more. The park is a nice place to walk and then you can stray off into the International Gardens, where La Crosse has dedicated all the sister villages and their respective countries with a beautiful display of flowers. My best friend and I have taken pictures with those gardens, and it is a great place to go and relax in the heart of the town.
Myrick Park—est. 1903
This was always a fun place, as a kid, to come to play. There is always something to do in the park, between the wooden play equipment, the swamp with the trails where you can walk, and the WisCorps Center where you can learn more about the land and the natural habitat around you. It’s a beautiful park where all your family can go and enjoy.
If you like hiking, you can go explore in the bluffs of La Crosse. It has a beautiful set of trails which goes into the woods of the Bluff, and you can get a real treat of nature while climbing up the bluffs. During the fall, they also host a Halloween trail, which is a special treat for the young tricker-treaters as they get goodies.
Standing 700 feet about the Mississippi River, Grandad’s Bluff is one of the largest bluffs we have that stands tall above the city of La Crosse, WI. You can learn a little of the history of the park as they explain how the preservation of the bluff came to be. The bluff was created 30,000 years ago in the Driftless Area—which meant no glaciers were created in the area due to the standing land. Grandad’s Bluff and the other bluffs in the city has protected the lands for thousands of years, and Grandad’s Bluff has been adorned with the American Flag standing proud above the city. I even took a video of the gorgeous view from the Bluff.
There are so much more natural beauties within the city of La Crosse. In the news and on Facebook, I keep seeing people talking about selling public lands, and it is a travesty. Leave the lands alone, for the next generations to come, so they can explore and see the beauty of the natures of the world too.