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Discovery World, Milwaukee

4.2
#1 of 13 in Childrens Museums in Wisconsin
Journey through the world of science and innovation and gain first-hand experience of the wonders of nature and technology at Discovery World. The all-encompassing center works to satisfy your hunger for knowledge and discovery through both the exhibits and a series of interactive and multimedial programs where you can view science at work. Visit the aquarium to admire species that inhabit the waters from the Great Lakes to the Caribbean, step inside the flight simulator, watch educational movies, see a great collection of artifacts, explore the numerous exciting labs, and take part in many other activities. The facility is fully accessible for visitors with special needs and provides free Wi-Fi connectivity throughout. To visit Discovery World and get the most from your holiday in Milwaukee, create itinerary details personal to you using our Milwaukee trip builder .
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  • It has been a while since going, as our kids are older now- but this is a fantastic learning and exploration experience- a must stop for any family looking for an adventure in history and discovery.  more »
  • We took our 4 yr.old for first time over Thanksgiving break. To our surprise she loved it! So many things to do hands on. She really liked the do it yourself lab, exploring the ship and the aquarium. ...  more »
  • My 12-year-old son and I went here and had high hopes. Unfortunately, the place seemed geared for younger children, and so we wound up staying only 1.5 hours. Several of the activities were broken (wh...  more »
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  • Really fun place, our kids love to go here. It is geared more towards older children, but the younger kids still enjoy it a lot too. There is a lot to see and touch and do. There is a heated parking garage underneath the building. It is pricey though unless you have a seasonal/family pass. With the pass it is a flat $6 rate. I would definitely recommend the pass, with a small family it pays for itself in a couple visits. We are a family of ten and it was actually cheaper to buy the pass than go once, hah! Also pack a lunch, the little cafe is expensive and nothing fancy. Oh leave your coats in your car if you park in the garage. Otherwise you either have to buy a locker or carry them around with you.
  • Great place to take the family, kids young and older. If you plan to see most everything and participate in some of the more popular hands-on exhibits, expect a solid 3-4 hour visit. The VR section is pretty sweet as is the gears/mechanical section in the technology side. On the nature side, there's a bunch of have aquariums, with some of them designed in a way that you walk through.
  • Love visiting here. We've been members for a couple years now. Science exhibits are great for our homeschooled kids. I love the Kohl's craft area. The aquarium is really my favorite area though! New VR area is great.
  • Great place for children and adults to learn about almost anything you can imagine. Get there early to get a good parking spot and plan on spending at least 2 hours there. Definitely recommend.
  • Took my 10 year old and 4 year old here. It was awesome. It is so interactive. My inner kid came out and I might have enjoyed it as much as the kids did. They allow you to bring in your own food which is a huge plus. If we lived closer we would definitely become members.

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