Nothing quite like spending four days away at Maumee Bay State Park and Maumee Bay Lodge while everyone else is in school or at work! It was a little tough to convince myself that it would be okay to take the week off of homeschool but we managed!
Whenever we head out to a new location or state park we try to get a feel for what it has to offer by driving around, getting a guided tour, or making sure that we have all the maps for the area. Most state parks have Park Map, Trail Maps, and Campground Maps which all prove valuable when you have four children who like to play and explore!
Maumee Bay State Park and Lodge was no exception with loads of fun things to do for everyone. The first day we checked out the indoor pool and splash area along with the soft play area. We drove around the park to find the beach, nature center, and golf course. We were offered a guided tour by the manager, Patrick, but the vehicle that would hold our family was in use by someone else at that time.
You can see by this daytime versus nighttime picture how relaxing the cottages were and how Riley even had a chance to put up his feet and chill! I would say everyone enjoyed the fireplace at some point during our stay. The cottage that we stayed in looked out over the golf course and the outside deck allowed for a great view.
The farmhouse style table and bench made it nice to each meals and give each person plenty of space. This is a very important feature with a family that has four children!
Big Red and Lil’ Red were determined to sleep in a room by themselves which is also something they don’t get to do at home! The bunk beds are nestled in a corner with an unusual roof-line making it perfect for smaller children to sleep on the top bunk.
We tend to experience a lot of “family firsts” while on our adventures away from home and our trip to Maumee Bay Lodge was no exception. We got to enjoy our first family bike ride! I have been wanting to do this all year long and we were finally given the opportunity when we were comped bike rentals!
I had to stop every 20 feet and take pictures but that gave me the chance to stay with Big Red as he was on a much smaller bike with training wheels. Our goal this Fall and Spring will be to work on riding without training wheels.
Everyone had fun at the beach on Lake Erie! Some preferred playing in the water, some liked hunting shells and a few liked exploring the “other side of the island” shown on the right side of the picture where Lil’ Red is looking out on the lake!
We were all very excited that it was warm enough to play in the sand and swim in the lake being mid-September when we were there.I bet it can still be played in on days when the temperatures shoot up to 80’s no matter what month of the year!