One of our favorite things to do as a family is to get out and explore our backyard. Or rather, the amazing places right around us. We love to be tourists in our own town. Recently we took the opportunity to explore New Bremen, Ohio, which is a fifteen-minute drive down the road from our house.
We only had intentions of visiting a specific museum that we have been meaning to check out for the past six years, but then we thought, why not turn it into a full family day. So, we did, and I’m excited to share with you how you can make a fun family day out of visiting the small town of New Bremen, Ohio!
* This article was sponsored by The Bicycle Museum of America. As always, all opinions are our own. For more information, please see our disclosure.
First Stop: The Bicycle Museum of America
While we are not strangers to New Bremen, the Bicycle Museum of America is one place that we had not visited until recently. I’m not sure why it took us six years to stop in and check this place out, but I can tell you, once we did, we fell in love. In fact, Logan loves it so much he keeps asking to go back.
While the museum isn’t huge, it really does have so much to offer and teach you about the history of bicycles. Let me share a few reasons why you should take the time to visit with your family.
Huge Collection of Bicycles
The museum itself only display about 300 bikes at a time. However, they have around 1000 bikes in storage that they keep in rotation through the museum. For example, there is a display when you first walk in, where they feature specific bicycles for each month. When we visited, they were featuring space-themed bikes in honor of the 50th anniversary of when the first man walked on the moon.
They also have a unique collection of bikes that you won’t see anywhere else. Some of Logan’s and our favorites are ones which are in a room on the second floor, like a floating bicycle, a unicycle, and even one that was designed for paratroopers.
It’s Educational for the Whole Family
The museum is filled with over a hundred years of rich history about bicycles that touches on so much more as well. I feel like all three of us learned something new with each visit (we have gone twice now in just a few short months). A little tip, if you get the chance when you go, ask for a tour. We highly recommend it. The people that work and volunteer there are so friendly and knowledgeable. Not to mention that their passion and excitement about history and bicycles really shows.
Also, if you opt for a tour, just be sensitive to the age of your kiddos. Logan is six, and he got a little antsy, but he listened and learned so much from it. If you have younger children, it might be best to tour the museum at your own pace and use one of the printed and laminated guides to give you some history and information.
Kid and Family Friendly
While the entire museum is not hands-on. There are places throughout that are hands-on and fun for kids. Especially the third floor where there is a two-person pedal car, and a few other unique bikes you and your family can try out. In case you were wondering, the pedal car is a huge hit with Logan (and Shadrach and I if I’m being honest) and he has asked many times if he can have one at home. So be sure to leave some extra time for the third floor.
Second Stop: Hit Up New Bremen Coffee Company For Lunch
After spending the morning learning all about bicycles, we really worked up an appetite. So, our next stop was the New Bremen Coffee Company.
I know what you are thinking, a coffee shop, for lunch? Well, as parents, a good cup of coffee is always welcome, am I right? Also, this place happens to serve breakfast and lunch, as well as some bakery treats and smoothies. The lunch isn’t super fancy, but it feels like a cut above a homemade meal. It’s also a great place to get sandwiches like peanut butter and jelly for your kiddos (which Logan loved).
This is definitely a great place to stop for lunch after you visit the Bicycle Museum. It’s just a short walk down the street.
Last Stop: Komminsk Legacy Park
After our bellies were full, we headed to the local park, right behind the Bicycle Museum, Komminsk Legacy Park. It’s the perfect place to let your kiddos run off some energy, and it is one of Logan’s all-time favorite parks. Mostly because there’s a splash pad and some fun, unique playground equipment.
Since it’s summer, our first stop was the splash pad. We made sure and brought Logan’s swim clothes and a towel so that he could enjoy the water. Then once he was done playing in the splash pad, we headed over to the playground area to run around and dry off a bit. His first stop was his favorite part of the playground, which is the newest addition, a musical game where you run around this circle trying to hit the buttons that light up while some beats play. The goal is to get as many points as possible. While Logan doesn’t care about the points, he loves the game.
There is also a super-fast concrete slide, swings, places to climb, and musical instruments to play. So, be sure if you come during the summer, to bring swimsuits and towels so your kiddos can enjoy the splash pad and take a few minutes to explore the rest of the playground. One quick tip, if you are looking for a bathroom, there is one located by the far side of the park, by the big pavilion.
Small Town Family Fun
I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday than enjoying the picturesque town of New Bremen, Ohio. It’s not huge, but there is plenty to do to enjoy a family day together. So, if you are looking for something fun for your family, check it out! We love the Bicycle Museum of America, and the Komminsk Legacy Park with the splash pad is always a hit.
So, tell me, do you enjoy being a tourist in your own town? Oh, and if you have been or ever find yourself in New Bremen visiting these places, be sure to let us know what you think!