National Parks / Natural World in MILWAUKEE with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Milwaukee has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Milwaukee, Wisconsin offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Milwaukee itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

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    (10 miles) Milwaukee

    185 acres of wetlands, forests, ravines and shores in this beautiful Milwaukee Nature Center for the whole family to explore

  • Shalom Wildlife Sanctuary

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    (33 miles) West Bend

    Take a 'buck buggie' ride and see elk, deer,buffalo and other wildlife. Lots of fun for the whole family!

  • Bookworm Gardens

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    (49 miles) Sheboygan

    Our Gardens connect nature and literature to enrich children's lives. An absorbing and whimsical exploration of many children's books through creations of the environments they conjure.

  • Lakeside Park

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    (59 miles) Fond du Lac

    Picnic areas and playgrounds aplenty, mini train and carousel, plus explore the Lakeside Park Lighthouse and observation tower or go boating on Lake Winnebago (seasonal).

  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens

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    (72 miles) Madison

    16 acres of outdoor natural beauty and gardens for the family to explore, with exotic plants, birds, and even a waterfall - all for FREE!

  • Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden

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    (82 miles) Rockford

    Come and get back to nature by exploring a beautiful botanical garden at Klehm Arboretum in Illinois!

  • Ice Age National Scenic Trail

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    (88 miles) Cross Plains

    An incredible 1,200 miles of trail that traces the glaciers edge which existed 15,000 years ago! A great historical family adventure in Wisconsin!

  • Outdoor Discovery Center - Macatawa Greenway

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    (94 miles) Holland

    Michigan's Outdoor Discovery Center is a beautiful place for the whole family to get lost into nature, with over 4miles of beautiful trails winding through a variety of landscapes.

  • Silver Beach County Park

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    (97 miles) St. Joseph

    Beach fun in Michigan perfect for kids, with playgrounds, sports, fishing, and special events!

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  • Betty Brinn Children's Museum

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    Milwaukee

    Active and creative kids up to 10 years can learn through play at this Milwaukee children's museum!

  • Milwaukee Public Museum

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    (1 miles) Milwaukee

    From dinosaurs to the hall of shells this is a fascinating and child friendly stop covering a vast range of specialist topics with an ever changing selection of exhibitions.

  • Plymouth Arts Center

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    (49 miles) Plymouth

    A cultural day out with the family at this Arts Center in Plymouth. With art galleries and exhibits for kids to explore and take in, it can make a relaxing and artistic family day out.

  • Volo Auto Museum

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    (51 miles) Volo

    30 acres of automobile fun in Illinois, with Hollywood cars, classic cars and a Kids Zone!

  • Lake County Discovery Museum

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    (55 miles) Wauconda

    Showcases aspects of local history using intriguing exhibits and hands on features to keep learning fun. Permanent and travelling exhibitions.

  • Illinois Railway Museum

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    (64 miles) Union

    The Illinois Railway Museum, as you see it today, is the result of decades of effort by a dynamic group of dedicated volunteers. All of the buildings, track, locomotives and cars were assembled here ...

  • Kohl Childrens Museum of Greater Chicago

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    (65 miles) Glenview

    - of Greater Chicago is a hands-on learning laboratory for children ages birth to 8. Our 17 hands-on, interactive exhibits are designed to make learning fun for young children. One of the many fun ...

  • Madison Childrens Museum

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    (75 miles) Madison

    Features include art studio, interactive gear and water exhibits, restored log cabin with period activities, and two unique and highly imaginative eco play areas with one for under 5s and one for ...

  • UW Geology Museum

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    (76 miles) Madison

    Take a journey into the deep history of Wisconsin at this fascinating Geology Museum, with hands-on learning for kids!

  • Midway Village Museum

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    (76 miles) Rockford

    Interpreters in authentic period clothing bring Northern Illinois history to life in authentic Midway Village and engage students through a variety of hands-on activities--from rope making to ...

  • MacKenzie Environmental Education Center

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    (78 miles) Poynette

    Feaures include hands on in and outdoor live wildlife exhibits, self guided nature trails, museums, a fire tower and large picnic area.

  • Burpee Museum of Natural History

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    (80 miles) Rockford

    Welcome! Burpee Museum is a natural history museum specializing in paleontology, geology, biology, and Native American life. We have three floors of exhibits.

  • Discovery Center Museum

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    (80 miles) Rockford

    The amazing Discovery Center Museum is full of over 250 exciting hands-on exhibits spread over a two-floor area. Out in the museum's backyard, visitors can explore Rock River Discovery Park, a giant, ...

  • Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum

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    (81 miles) Rockford

    A step back in time at one of only a handful of Swiss-style homes remaining in the USA from the 1800s. Filled with Victorian Era furnishings and artifacts, it also has a fascinating Indian Burial ...

  • Tri-Cities Historical Museum

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    (85 miles) Grand Haven

    The Tri-Cities Historical Museum provides visitors an opportunity to look through the windows of time into the history of Northwest Ottawa County, including the communities of Grand Haven, Spring ...

  • Circus World Museum

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    (97 miles) Baraboo

    A fun and interesting collection of fascinating circus artifacts - it might even be the largest in the world! Historic circus fun for the whole family in Wisconsin!

  • Curious Kids Discovery Zone

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    (97 miles) Saint Joseph

    Come to where Learning is Fun! Offering permanent and traveling hands-on exhibits for toddlers to teens. This beach side setting is the perfect place to explore six water exhibits, a climbing wall, ...

  • Sandcastles Childrens Museum

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    (97 miles) Ludington

    Create, discover and explore at this Michigan children's museum, with hands-on discovery and fun ways to use their imagination!

  • Milwaukee County Zoo

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    (7 miles) Milwaukee

    More than 2,275 creatures are waiting in this family friendly zoo, with workshops, concerts and food festivals too! A fun animal filled day out for all ages in Milwaukee!

  • Green Meadows Petting Farm

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    (26 miles) East Troy

    A fun and educational animal petting zoo with interactive animal experiences, pony rides, hay rides and even kittens!

  • Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo

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    (52 miles) Byron

    Over 30 species of animal for observation, plus environmental education classes and workshops held largely aimed at children and a live snake exhibit in the Nature Centre. Green ski run and ...

  • Summerfield Zoo

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    (75 miles) Belvidere

    From the Alligators to the Zebra, this sweet Illinois zoo and farm has family fun, education, and entertainment! Great for those personal animal experiences!

  • Henry Vilas Zoo

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    (76 miles) Madison

    Free entry family zoo including multiple children's zoo features, discovery centre, herpetarium, plus train and carousel rides.

  • East Troy Electric Railroad

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    (31 miles) East Troy

    The East Troy Electric Railroad runs from East Troy to Mukwonago in southeast Wisconsin. Regular weekend service begins May 10th and continues every weekend and holiday through October 26th. Weekday ...

  • Six Flags Great America

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    (46 miles) Gurnee

    Those infamous thrill rides and family fun is waiting at this iconic Illinois theme park - Six Flags! From wet rides to dry and the gentle to the terrifying, they're bigger and better than ever with ...

  • Santas Village Azoosment Park

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    (68 miles) East Dundee

    Great family fun spending the day in three amusement parks in one...as well as a zoo!