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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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Hyatt Regency Milwaukee $107
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee

333 W Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee
     
    4.1
    of 5, from 2,715 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.

    Potawatomi Hotel & Casino $74
    Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

    Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

    1611 West Canal Street, Milwaukee
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 887 reviews
      4.5 out of 5.0

      Situated in 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).

      The Knickerbocker on the Lake $117
      The Knickerbocker on the Lake

      The Knickerbocker on the Lake

      1028 East Juneau Avenue, Milwaukee
         
        4.0
        of 5, from 403 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).

        The Pfister Hotel $135
        The Pfister Hotel

        The Pfister Hotel

        424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee
           
          4.7
          of 5, from 1,785 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.

          InterContinental Milwaukee $93
          InterContinental Milwaukee

          InterContinental Milwaukee

          139 E Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 1,508 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).

            The Westin Milwaukee $124
            The Westin Milwaukee

            The Westin Milwaukee

            550 N Van Buren St, Milwaukee
               
              4.4
              of 5, from 69 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).

              The Plaza Hotel $104
              The Plaza Hotel

              The Plaza Hotel

              1007 N Cass Street, Milwaukee
                 
                3.9
                of 5, from 437 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).

                Astor Hotel $89
                Astor Hotel

                Astor Hotel

                924 E Juneau Ave, Milwaukee
                   
                  3.3
                  of 5, from 779 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).