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Discovery World

An interactive journey through local conservation, modern innovation and science, proving that education can be creative and fun. 

Discovery World focuses on innovation and conservation in the Great Lakes region, and is a high-tech haven for curious kids. It offers a wealth of fun interactive exhibits, many with a local flavor.

The museum is located on the shores of Lake Michigan, so there’s a strong maritime theme; the Reiman Aquarium houses exotic sea life from the Florida Keys and the Caribbean, along with indigenous freshwater species from the Great Lakes. You can practice the art of seamanship on the open water on a fully working replica of a 19th century schooner, or learn the secrets of water recycling from the Milwaukee Water Works.

The museum covers more than 120,000 square feet (11,000 square meters), and there’s an extensive array of hands-on exhibits, gadgets and demonstrations. Kids can dip in and out of different organized activities such as investigating crimes in a CSI-style forensic science lab or becoming a virtual rock star at the Les Paul House of Sound. Journey into a 3-D virtual reality in The Hive, a room which lets you become totally immersed in a 3-D projection. Sit back and feel the raw power of electricity at the Nikola Tesla live show, a 55-minute performance about the history of electricity that plays on weekends.

Older kids and adults can partake in workshops as diverse as screen printing, interior design and even brewing beer.

Leave several hours to explore the museum. Take a break in the café, which serves salads, sandwiches and cakes.

You can find Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin overlooking Lake Michigan within easy reach of many city hotels. The 200 parking spaces fill up quickly on weekends, so catch the bus. The center is closed on Mondays.


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Lodging Near Discovery World

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$145
The Pfister Hotel

The Pfister Hotel

424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee
4.7
of 5, from 2,110 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Opened in 1893, this grand dame of Milwaukee is set in the financial district, 3 blocks from the Lake Michigan waterfront, and within 8 blocks of cultural, entertainment, and convention venues.

$138
Hotel Metro

Hotel Metro

411 E Mason St, Milwaukee
4.1
of 5, from 582 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Hotel Metro is a 5-minute walk from the Milwaukee River and Cathedral Square. Guests can walk 10 minutes to the Marcus Center For The Performing Arts and Milwaukee Public Market, and just a little farther to the Milwaukee Art Museum. Bradford Beach is a 10-minute drive.

$80
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee

333 W Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee
4.1
of 5, from 2,380 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This downtown Milwaukee hotel is located in the city’s bustling center, close to the Milwaukee River, one block from Bradly Center and Milwaukee Theatre, and linked via skywalk to shops on Grand Avenue and various restaurants.

$76
InterContinental Milwaukee

InterContinental Milwaukee

139 E Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee
4.2
of 5, from 1,586 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in East Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pabst Theater and BMO Harris Bradley Center. Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$144
The Westin Milwaukee

The Westin Milwaukee

550 N Van Buren St, Milwaukee
4.4
of 5, from 41 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in East Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of US Bank Center, Milwaukee Art Museum, and Discovery World. BMO Harris Bradley Center and Charles Allis Art Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$109
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

1611 West Canal Street, Milwaukee
4.4
of 5, from 666 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Milwaukee, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Harley-Davidson Museum and Marquette University. Henry W. Maier Festival Park and Miller Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$82
The Knickerbocker on the Lake

The Knickerbocker on the Lake

1028 East Juneau Avenue, Milwaukee
3.9
of 5, from 331 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in East Town, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jewish Museum Milwaukee, Milwaukee Art Museum, and Charles Allis Art Museum. BMO Harris Bradley Center and Discovery World are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$89
The Plaza Hotel

The Plaza Hotel

1007 N Cass Street, Milwaukee
3.9
of 5, from 399 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in East Town, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cathedral Square, Milwaukee Art Museum, and Discovery World. BMO Harris Bradley Center and Charles Allis Art Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).