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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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The Pfister Hotel $161
The Pfister Hotel

The Pfister Hotel

424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee
     
    4.7
    of 5, from 1,823 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.

    The Westin Milwaukee $179
    The Westin Milwaukee

    The Westin Milwaukee

    550 N Van Buren St, Milwaukee
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 83 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).

      Astor Hotel $90
      Astor Hotel

      Astor Hotel

      924 E Juneau Ave, Milwaukee
         
        3.3
        of 5, from 807 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

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

        The Plaza Hotel $104
        The Plaza Hotel

        The Plaza Hotel

        1007 N Cass Street, Milwaukee
           
          3.9
          of 5, from 456 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).

          Marriott Milwaukee Downtown $169
          Marriott Milwaukee Downtown

          Marriott Milwaukee Downtown

          323 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 205 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Located in East Town, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Milwaukee Art Museum, and BMO Harris Bradley Center. Discovery World and Charles Allis Art Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Ramada by Wyndham Milwaukee Downtown $93
            Ramada by Wyndham Milwaukee Downtown

            Ramada by Wyndham Milwaukee Downtown

            633 W Michigan Street, Milwaukee
               
              3.0
              of 5, from 1,517 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in the heart of Milwaukee, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wisconsin Center, The Shops of Grand Avenue, and Harley-Davidson Museum. Marquette University and Milwaukee Art Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Potawatomi Hotel & Casino $89
              Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

              Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

              1611 West Canal Street, Milwaukee
                 
                4.4
                of 5, from 1,014 reviews
                4.5 out of 5.0

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

                Hotel Metro $126
                Hotel Metro

                Hotel Metro

                411 E Mason St, Milwaukee
                   
                  4.1
                  of 5, from 699 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.