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Discovery World

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Address: 500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone Number: +1 414-765-9966
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Discovery World connects innovation, science, technology and the...
Discovery World connects innovation, science, technology and the environment with exploration and learning through interactive exhibits and experiential learning programs. We are dedicated to helping people positively impact their communities by developing a better understanding of technology and the environment while fostering both innovation and creativity. Discovery World is a 120,000-square foot facility that includes interactive science, technology and freshwater exhibits, learning labs, theaters, television and audio studios, and fresh and saltwater aquariums. Venture into our world of technology Take a 3-D journey into virtual environments. Feel the dips and dives of flying an airplane. Lie on a bed of nails. See the inside of a nuclear reactor. Immerse yourself in our world of water See aquatic life from the Great Lakes, North Atlantic, and the Caribbean. Interact with stingrays, sea urchins, sturgeons, and more in our touch tank. Navigate your own ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle). View the world's largest model of the Great Lakes while you learn about native amphibians, reptiles, and fish. Discovery World is also home to the S/V Denis Sullivan, a 137-foot replica of a 19th century Great Lakes schooner and a floating classroom for water education and conservation programs, day and night sails, and private receptions. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, our grounds and promenade provide plenty of opportunity for strolling, picnicking or just enjoying the view.
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Good for older kids.

Took our 5 yo granddaughter there. She enjoyed it but got bored quickly. Geared to older kids. Lots of high school and middle school field trips there. Recommend it for older... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Midwest
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80 reviews 80 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Took our 5 yo granddaughter there. She enjoyed it but got bored quickly. Geared to older kids. Lots of high school and middle school field trips there. Recommend it for older kids.

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Cancun, Mexico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Loved this museum. Something for everyone. And the landscape was amazing--the lake, the rocks. It's a mini ocean. Loved the aquarium and the stingray you can pet. All in all, it was a fabulous way to spend a few hours with 20 choristers between the ages of 10 and 16.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Was here for the first time 5 years ago. Made a return visit this week and it was really disappointing. There are so many "interactive" exhibits that are broken and need fixing. It really is too bad. I don't know if they have lost a lot of their funding or what. It's quite expensive to visit, and you can spend... More 

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This is one of my favorite memories of my childhood when I visited Milwaukee. There is so much to do. If you are wondering what to for a day in Milwaukee, this is the spot that is fun for almost all children, teens, and parents.

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Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

My son loves coming back each year, from age 2 to now 5, he's been able to explore more and more. Adults can find interesting hands-on areas. Beautiful Lake Michigan view!!

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Bronx, New York
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175 reviews 175 reviews
68 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

It's not cheap but we spent over 4 hours here. Staff was great, awesome exhibits (bed of nails, tesla coils, human hamster wheels, room full of machines, grossology lab) and a small acqUarium as an added bonus

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arlington heights, IL
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We loved our visit to this science center. We drove up from Chicago for the day. It's very hands-on, and there is something for everyone (all ages). We would definitely visit again.

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Tulsa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

This is a fun place for all ages where you can learn first hand from lots of experimental exhibits, audiovisuals, simulators, science labs. The place is packed with science galleries and models contributed from several hi-tech companies like Rockwell Automation and Johnson Controls. There is an area where kids can experience arts and crafts and music.There is also a small... More 

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Green Bay, WI
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107 reviews 107 reviews
37 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We wanted to like this museum/aquarium, but it just had too many downsides to recommend it. For 2 adults and 1 child it was $50 + $8 to park. We went on a Thursday afternoon. It was pretty busy with school field trips, so one would assume you would have everything operating. Sadly, time and again, we found activities or... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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69 reviews 69 reviews
20 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I have taken my 82 year-old uncle there and, separately mind you, my two grandchildren ages 2 and 4, and all loved it, as do I. All of us really like the aquaria, including the one of native Wisconsin fish, the tropical one where the fish swim overhead, and the several smaller ones. One highlight is the schooner suspended from... More 

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