Wisconsin is located in the northern Midwest.
There’s far more to Wisconsin than just its cheese. From the Great Lakes that border the eastern part of the state to the cultural offerings of the major cities, there is plenty to see and explore in Wisconsin. If you’re traveling to the state with children, there are numerous attractions to keep the youngest members of the family entertained for hours. In addition many of these attractions also educate as they entertain, teaching about both the local community and the greater world around us.
The Madison Children’s Museum (madisonchildresnmuseum.org), located in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, is a children’s oasis featuring 26,000 square feet of interactive and educational exhibits. Renovated in 2010, many of the museum’s exhibits are made from recycled materials.
The UW-Madison Geology Museum (geology.wisc.edu) offers children a look at the earth’s rocks and minerals, as well as ancient fossils and dinosaur skeletons. Located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Madison, the museum is free to all visitors and offers guided tours of the exhibits to school and civic groups.
Located on Pier Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Discovery World (discoveryworld.org) is an interactive science and technology learning museum. The center includes a 3-D environment adventure and a simulated nuclear reactor. Discovery World is open every day of the week except Mondays. As of August 2011, basic admission to Discovery World is $16.95 for adults and $12.95 for children older than three.
The Milwaukee Zoo (milwaukeezoo.org) features 1,700 animals on 200 acres of land. The zoo features interactive areas such as the Miller Brewing Company Giraffe Experience which allows guests to hand feed the giraffes and swim with sea lions. The Milwaukee Zoo is open 365 days of the year.
Wisconsin Dells Attractions
Wisconsin Dells (wisdells.com), Wisconsin, offers family entertainment, with the largest concentration of water parks in one area, according to Wisconsin Dells Visitor and Convention Bureau. There are 22 indoor water parks connected to resort accommodations, and three outdoor ones, according to the “Daily Herald,” a suburban Chicago newspaper.
When you need a break from the water, take the kids to Circus World (circusworld.wisconsinhistory.org), a part museum, part traditional circus featuring circus memorabilia from the original Ringling Brothers shows. Guests can take a tour of the largest collection of circus wagons from around the world.
Green Bay Attractions
Located on the banks of Bay View Beach, Bay Beach Amusement Park (baybeach.org) offers a an amusement park experience for families. Open from May to September each year, this small amusement park features just 18 rides, many ideal for even the smallest family members. Other entertainment at the park includes free movies in the pavilion area during the summer.
Kastle Park (kastlepark.com) offers a variety of kid-friendly activities such as go-karts, batting cages, paintball, rock climbing and bumper boats. The miniature golf course is spread over two acres of land. Kastle Park also features an arcade and snack bar.