Alma Wisconsin is a sleepy little river town with a lot of charm. It's very popular in the fall, for everyone likes to go up to Buena Vista Park for it's scenic fall views. On this day, in the heat of the summer, I took my daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter for a stroll along their beautiful main street and some fun at their beach.
The main street in Alma is filled with gift shops, restaurants, and beautiful old homes.
The entire town is built on a hillside over-looking the Mississippi River. The main street is located right on the edge of the river banks. There are roads and steps leading up the steep hillside. I loved the flowers surrounding these steps.
We popped into the "Wings Over Alma" Nature and Art Center and enjoyed views of Alma's Lock and Dam off their back balcony.
Alma Lock and Dam
The bakery was worth the wait! They make all the old fashioned favorites, and use only the purest, natural ingredients available. They even had gluten-free cookies. We ordered a little bit of everything, but one of my favorites was this old-fashioned elephant's ear!
My daughter loved their cinnamon rolls!
After shopping and treats, we were ready to relax at the Alma Beach. I have lived in this area for twenty years and yet have never been to this beach before. I heard about it, but for whatever reason, never got there. After one visit with my children, I regretted never coming here before.
Alma Beach is so gorgeous! There are beautiful bluffs to the side and behind you. River boats travel by frequently and are fun to watch. And the scenic landscape and islands are stunning. The water is very shallow for quite a ways out, and on the two days we were there was a warm as bath water.
Alethea loved splashing in the warm, shallow water.
Beautiful wildflowers grew along the river bank.
When you sit on the beach and look to your left, you see these majestic bluffs and the power plant in the distance.
The view to the center and right is of islands and more bluffs in the distance.
You have to walk quite a distance out in the water to get into deeper water. As a non-swimmer, I loved the shallow, warm water.
We enjoyed our time at Alma Beach so much, we went back a second time! I think this will now be a yearly tradition when Alethea comes to Grandma's house every summer.
Have a Great Day! Amy
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