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“Super Cool, Fun, and Educational”
Review of Discovery World

Discovery World
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$30.00*
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Milwaukee Sightseeing Bus Tour
Ranked #17 of 189 things to do in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 20, 2013

Discovery World is a super cool science museum engaging kids of all ages, and also adults.

The museum is split into two areas, one focused on freshwater science and ecology, highlighting the great lakes system, and a technology area. The Freshwater area includes a medium-sized aquarium where you could spend a good amount of time, and a full-sized wood schooner to explore with 1900s area sailing technology and techniques on display for exploration.

We did not even scratch the surface of the technology area, and we were in there for over an hour. There is a huge exhibit on guitars, energy, building science, automotive engineering, simple machines, and more. Highlights include an awesome flight simulator, model fo a nuclear reactor, a small house displaying building technologies, and several full-size automotive models with cross section displays of systems such as engine, safety, etc.

Discovery World has heated underground parking $8 for two hours, which is great on the really bitter cold days, especially when you have kids. Located on the Lake Michigan lakefront, it has great views of the lake from nearly all areas of the facility, and is easily accessible from Downtown or the Highway. In the summer, it would seem to be right along major running, biking, and walking routes.

It is a bit on the pricey side, $16.95 for adults, but for an afternoon or whole day it is definitely worth it.

I will definitely bring my kids back to Discovery World. 2 hours was not nearly enough time to even begin to see and experience all of the great exhibits.

Thank JoshuaClements
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

We love to go here. The kids enjoy it and there's different things to do all the time. If you are a member you get updates, calendars of events so you can plan ahead. Also, the Denis Sullivan is here and that is a great trip in the summer if you are in Milwaukee - go for a sail.

Thank Lwinktoo
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

I find Discovery World to be rather expensive (abt. $16.95 for an adult) and we would not have done it but we had an Entertainment coupon that helped to curve the expense. On the day we visited they had local art vendors so it was interesting to see the items for sale as well as the attractions of Discovery World. Since my first visit, they added a few more things, but my kids enjoyed the water area with the ship and then, and mostly, the hamster wheel. It was enjoyable, but probably won't visit for many years to come. I've been at other interactive museums in the States that I found to be a lot more interesting and fun then the Discovery Museum (and cheaper).

Thank rhundt67
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

My son loves Discovery World! He had so much fun on STEM day. It was very busy but we had no problems enjoying the day.

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Reviewed November 10, 2012 via mobile

We took my two nephews and niece here last year (ages 6, 5, and 3) and spent three or four hours here. A lot of the stuff was for kids a little older than them, but everything was so interactive that the kids still loved it. The aquarium was a nice surprise--I didn't realize it was even there before we went! There's a cool "aquarium tunnel" that I'd to go see again!

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