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Key Info

500 N Harbor Dr.


Museums, Zoos and Aquariums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


  • 3.5Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

For a kid-friendly spot, spend some time at the local science center. Discovery World offers multiple hands-on exhibits and experiences to keep the little ones engaged. At the museum's Reiman Aquarium, different days of the week offer different demonstrations – watch the staff feed sturgeon on Wednesdays, stingrays on Thursdays and pythons on Fridays. Interactive displays at the museum include a virtual reality exhibit, a bed of nails at Innovation Station and a lab where kids can make crafts to take home. Consider visiting in the warmer months, when you can board the Denis Sullivan – a replica of a 19th-century ship – and set sail on Lake Michigan. 

The aquarium is a common favorite among previous visitors, and many of them recommend Discovery World for families with children. Several visitors caution that the underground parking garage, while convenient, fills up quickly and can be difficult for larger vehicles to navigate (street parking is also an option).

Discovery World is located a short walk along the lakeshore from the Milwaukee Art Museum. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $16 for children ages 3 to 17 and seniors, $14 for students and military with ID, and are free for children 2 and younger. More details can be found on Discovery World's website.

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