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13 Family Friendly Activities

If you’re bringing your family to Milwaukee, you can’t miss these 13 spots kids & adults alike will love:

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    1. Milwaukee County Zoo

    More than 2,500 animals are housed on 200 acres of natural habitats at this nationally-recognized zoo open 365 days a year. Kids will love the Sky Trail Wisconsin Adventure Zone, featuring a 500-foot zip line. Take a ride on the zoo train that circles the grounds and catch educational wildlife shows featuring birds of prey, sea lions and more. Learn more »

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    2. Milwaukee Art Museum

    Get inspired by the art on display inside one of Milwaukee’s most beautiful buildings. The famous wings have the wingspan of a Boeing 747; make sure to stop and watch them “flap” at noon before going inside. Kids can create their own art project to take home at the Kohl’s Art Generation Open Studio, open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-4pm, and the first Thursday of the month from 10am-7pm. Learn more »

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    3. Discovery World

    Lie on a bed of nails, pet the stingrays, take a 3-D journey in the HIVE and much more. It’s fun for the whole family when maritime heritage and 21st-century cool combine in the interactive technology and water exhibits at this popular all-ages museum. You can also get out on the lake on the S/V Denis Sullivan, a re-creation of a three-masted Great Lakes schooner. Learn more »

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    4. Milwaukee Public Museum

    Travel around the world, back in time on the Streets of Old Milwaukee and to the depths of the ocean at this human and natural history museum. Also home to the Dome Theater and Planetarium, featuring a six-story-tall screen and 3-D projectors. See if you can find the secret “snake button.” Learn more »

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    5. Betty Brinn Children's Museum

    Check out the hands-on exhibits and activities at Milwaukee’s only museum designed specifically for kids 10 and younger. Role-play jobs in a kid-sized community with everything from a post office to a pretend motorcycle dealership. Learn more »

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    6. First Stage

    Children and adults can explore the wonder of the performing arts together through shows inspired by children’s literature and performed by a company of professional adults and local youth actors. Learn more »

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    7. Bounce Milwaukee

    All ages will have a blast with the inflatable obstacle courses, rock climbing wall, vintage arcade games and laser tag at this family- friendly playzone. Fuel up with freshly made pizzas, wraps, specialty tots, quesadillas and more. Learn more »

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    8. Miller Park

    The weather is always perfect for a ball game under the nation’s only fan-shaped retractable roof. Let younger fans enjoy the KidsZone, an interactive play area featuring a mini-version of Bernie Brewer’s famous slide, and the whole family can cheer on the famous Racing Sausages when they take the field before the bottom of the sixth. Learn more »

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    9. Sprecher Brewery

    You’ll find a modern twist on old-world brewing traditions on this brewery tour that’s fun for the whole family! Adults can sample up to four microbrews, and all ages are welcome to unlimited samples of the famous gourmet sodas (including The New York Times’ pick for best root beer in the country!) Learn more »

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    10. Harley Davidson Museum

    Learn the history of this American icon; kids can build their own virtual bike and try on pint-size Harley-Davidson gear in the Imagination Station. Learn more »

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    11. Festivals

    Give your kids a taste of diverse world cultures through food, dance, music and more during our summer ethnic festivals like Bastille Days, Mexican Fiesta and Irish Fest. Learn more »

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    12. The Domes

    Visit a desert, the tropics and more without ever leaving Milwaukee at the unique Mitchell Park Conservatory. The Domes are also home to the Winter Farmer’s Market and a popular holiday train display during the winter. Learn more »

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    13. Old World Wisconsin

    Wisconsin’s pioneer history comes alive at this living history museum, featuring more than 60 original structures from all over the state. Join in crafts, farm chores, games and more interactive fun as costumed re-enactors show you what life was like for early settlers. Learn more »


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