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Biking with Kids in the Wisconsin Northwoods
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Biking with Kids in the Wisconsin Northwoods

Child using Water Pump


Photo by Ann LoCicero

Cycling - mountain biking and bicycle touring - is a fun thing to do on a Northwoods family vacation. Ride rolling bike trails that wind through the woods. Cycle flat track along crystal clear lakes. Pedal converted rail beds. Expend energy while having fun. Spot birds and animals. Take in the scenery. Picnic, fish and swim. With over 100 miles (160 km) of bike trails and a plethora of paved, lightly traveled roads family cycling in the Wisconsin Northwoods is an adventure on two wheels.
Online maps are a great family travel planning resource and a great way to get the kids involved in a family cycling adventure. Learn to read maps. Discover what maps show. Find out how to find your way with a map and compass. Geocaching - a gps treasure hunt - is popular with children and may provide the needed incentive to get them cycling. Pick up cheap, small souvenirs, such as toothpick flags, to add to each cache you find.
Books are a great way to introduce younger children to a new adventure and get teens and tweens ready for a family trip. Discover books by notable Wisconsin authors. Explore Wisconsin through fact and fiction. Read books about cycling. Learn about nature and the wilderness.
Music & Sound
Music is a great way to introduce children to a vacation destination and embark on a journey through sound. Listen to natural sounds. Hear historical hums. Learn to identify birdcalls and animal sounds. How many species can you identify by their sounds, songs and calls? Which member of your family can identify the most?
Find out what's happening in the world of cycling before you depart on a trip with children. Get cycling news. Find race results and scores. Learn about new equipment. Read gear reviews. Discover cycling tips and tidbits. Find out what's new on the trail.
Kids' Stuff
Online resources make learning lots of fun. Try your hand at map reading activities. Learn how to read a compass. Find out how to plot latitude and longitude. Play map games online. Read a bicycling activity card and find fun facts about cycling. And spend about few minutes brushing up on Wisconsin trivia. Test your knowledge before you depart and again when you return. Print the information you find fascinating and take it with you on your family trip. Explain your findings to your family members and use the things you learn to make your travel scrapbook really cool.
Associations and non-profit organizations can be a valuable resource as well as a means to get involved. Find out more about a few of the organizations involved in Wisconsin cycling related issues.
Recommended Reads for a Family Cycling Holiday
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