Nitty Gritty:

Website: http://www.discoveryworld.org/
Ticket prices: Admission costs $16.95 for adults; $12.95 for those 3-17; under 3 are free.
Location: 500 N Harbor Dr. , Milwaukee, Wisconsin; right by the Lake
Parking: There is an attached heated parking garage which is convenient especially in the winter.
Stroller-friendly?: If it’s crowded, I would leave the strollers at home.
Food: Small cafe located on the premises with seating along the “hallway” between the water section and technology section.
Crowded: We were here on a late Saturday afternoon and it was crowded.
Misc: There is a gift shop.

Highlights:

  • Visit the Reiman Aquarium. It may be on the small-ish side but it looked like everyone was having a great time. My son especially loved “stepping” on the fish on the glass floor peeking into the aquarium.
  • Kids will enjoy the touch tank with shark, stingrays, and the like

  •  Exploring the life size replica of the recreated ship
  • Older kids will probably enjoy the other section (technology and innovation) even more. Some of the buttons and intereactive parts were too high for my lil shortie. Kids can run in a hamster wheel or lie on a bed of nails.

    We wish…

    • …the weather was nicer. We would have loved to walk around outside on the Pier.

      Tips to enjoy Discovery World: 

        • Maybe visit during the weekdays when it’s not so crowded
        • At the aquarium side, take the elevator down to the Aquarium. Their elevator has glass windows that peek into the aquarium. 
        • If you have young children, possibly split the visit between the aquarium section and the technology section
        • Come during the summer and check out the S/V Denis Sullivan schooner. How cool is that!

        Bottom Line:

        We enjoyed our time and would come here again especially during the summer so we could walk around the Pier.  This is a pretty big place so if you have young children don’t expect to see everything. It may be a good idea to split it into two visits.

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        Disclosure: Our family was provided complimentary admission to Discovery World. I was not required to express a particular point of view and all opinions are my own.