We knew history could be fun, but did you! Old World Wisconsin is a fascinating and historic attraction that is fun (and educational!) for kids, as they step back in time and actually experience what it would have been like to live and work on a farm at the turn of the century.
We bet it's pretty different to what it's like now! Old World Wisconsin has nearly 600 acres for the whole family to explore, and 65 buildings to experience that have been relocated from across the state.
We hope you're ready to share a day of farm fun together! Ready to hear all about the fun things that you can get up to? Let's go then! How about your first stop by the 1870s Crossroads Village, and join the busy blacksmith as he pounds that metal into objects used in everyday life.
Why don't you pop into the Sisel Shoe Shop where you can help the shoemaker create their latest masterpieces with leather and pegs.
Don't worry kids, there is always plenty to do to earn your keep around the farm! The farmers might need your help watering the gardens, or perhaps hunting for eggs in the chicken coop. Perhaps you might hear the farmer in the wood shop calling for some help!
Old World Wisconsin really does offer a chance to experience what living and working on a farm over a century ago is like. There are 10 working farmsteads, as well as a special "Life on the Farm" experience where the whole family can actually help the farmer and his wife get through the daily shores!
And what would a working farm be without animals! There are cows, chickens, horses, oxen, pigs and of course sheep that you can meet with. Afterwards, you can even get lost in nature with gardens and miles of nature paths to get explore.
The activites at Old World Wisconsin change by the season, so make sure you check out all that is happening before you go so you can ensure you're there for the activities you don't want to miss! The sheep get shorn in spring, and the harvest occurs in the fall ...don't miss that important 4th July celebration either!
Be prepared for a day filled with fun . . . and memories to be made.
$10 (ages 4 to 12)
Check out the Adventure Camps and workshops you can participate in!
Dress comfortably and plan for a day of enjoying the outdoors. You can load your stroller onto a tram; keep in mind that our roads are gravelly and bumpy.
Visit the octagonal Clausing Barn Restaurant for snacks and light meals, and enjoy dining in the barn or out back on the secluded patio.
From Milwaukee Downtown and Northern Suburbs: Take I-94 west to WI-67 (Oconomowoc exit). Head south on WI-67 approximately 15 miles to Old World Wisconsin, following signs to the site. South Milwaukee and Southern Suburbs: Take I-894 to US-43 to WI-83 in Mukwonago. Head north on WI-83 to CR-NN, then west on CR-NN to WI-67 in Eagle. Head south on WI-67 to Old World Wisconsin, following signs to the site. From Madison Take I-94 east to WI-67 (Oconomowoc exit). Head south on WI-67 approximately 15 miles to Old World Wisconsin, following signs to the site. From Chicago Lake Shore and Southern Suburbs: Take I-94 north toward Wisconsin. Exit WI-20 at Racine. Continue west on WI-20 to WI-67. Go north on WI-67 an additional eight miles to Old World Wisconsin, following signs to the site. West and Northwest Suburbs: Take US-12 to WI-67 in Elkhorn. Go north on WI-67 an additional 14 miles to Old World Wisconsin, following the signs to the site.
Their field trips are hands-on, hands down fun! They frequently get high marks for bringing the story of immigrants to the Midwest to life, and offer themes like Industrialization, Entrepreneurs, Farm Hands and more. Their periodic HomeSchool Days are favorites of the home school crowd too!
They have bonnets and Civil War caps, games and toys from the late 1800s/early 1900s, stick candy, books from and about the time period...so plenty to buy and keep your learning going!
Some of the areas have limited accessibility because of the historic environment recreations. Make sure you call ahead to make arrangements if you need assistance. service animals are allowed.
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