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Milwaukee Repertory Theater - The Theater brings 15 productions of the best in contemporary drama, classics, comedies and cabaret to three unique stages each season.

Timbavati Wildlife Park - Enjoy it as you experience an up close and personal encounter with a variety of animals at Timbavati Wildlife Park.

Pendarvis Historic Site - Pendarvis traces its beginnings to Wisconsin's territorial lead-mining heyday during the 1830s and '40s, when many immigrant Cornish miners settled in Mineral Point to work the mines. What remains today is a collection of stone and stone-and-log cottages built by these immigrants in the tradition of their native Cornwall.

Stonefield Historic Village - Celebrates Wisconsin's rich agricultural heritage. Learn about the rise of turn-of-the-century dairy farming and the development of modern farm implements. Explore Stonefield today to see what made the state become "America's Dairyland."

Yerkes Observatory - The observatory was bankrolled in 1897 by Charles Tyson Yerkes, a Chicago transportation tycoon. The plan itself was masterminded by George Ellery Hale. The showpiece of the observatory was then, and still is, the 40-in refractor, in 1897 the world's largest telescope and even today the largest refracting telescope.

Hoard Historical Museum - Interprets the history of the Fort Atkinson area. Exhibits include Indian artifacts, 19th century tools and Ornithology displays. Other exhibits interpret the Blackhawk and Civil Wars, along with frontier history.

International Clown Hall of Fame - Dedicated to the preservation and advancement of clown art. Represented by professional and amateur clown associations, it pays tribute to outstanding clown performers, operates a living museum of clowning with resident clown performers, conducts special events and maintains a national archive of clown artifacts and history.

The Eisner American Museum of Advertising & Design - An interactive educational center focusing on advertising and design, and their impact on our culture. With its unique emphasis on the social, historical and aesthetic implications of advertising and design, the Eisner Museum is an important center for research in and discussion of advertising and design.

Museum of Wisconsin Art - The museum exhibits a collection of several hundred works of Wisconsin regional art, and holds eight annual exhibitions. The MWA continues to grow its collection and fulfill its mission to collect, conserve, document and exhibit Wisconsin art through the ages and to educate the public about its cultural value.

Logan Museum of Anthropology - Among the Logan's foremost treasures are some of the world's oldest jewelry, Pre-Columbian ceramics, a wide range of Native American artifacts, and what scholars regard as the most significant collection of Paleolithic art outside Europe.

H.H. Bennett Studio - Ten interactive exhibits trace the evolution of Wisconsin Dells through the lens of landscape photographer Henry Hamilton Bennett. A complete sensory experience, the museum invites guests to explore the science of photography; step aboard a steam boat and experience the Wisconsin River as it was before the hydroelectric dam was completed in 1909.

Milton House Museum - An hexagonal stagecoach inn, built in 1844 by Joseph Goodrich. The inn, constructed of "grout," is considered the oldest building of its type in the United States. The inn was a stop along the Underground Railroad. Goodrich, an abolitionist, provided a safe haven for runaway slaves by hiding them in the basement of the inn.

Urban Ecology Center - The center's mission is to preserve and improve the natural resources of Riverside Park, the Milwaukee River, and adjacent green spaces. With this living laboratory as its outdoor classroom, the Center provides opportunities for education, stewardship, and environmental awareness.

Milwaukee Public Museum - One of the largest in the United States, is a museum of human and natural history providing a dynamic and stimulating environment for learning, with something to excite and challenge visitors with a diversity of interests.

The House on the Rock - Home to a myriad of fascinating exhibits. The collection includes whimsical carousels, enormous sea creatures, fascinating music machines and so much more.

Pabst Mansion - Step back in time with a guided tour of the Pabst Mansion. Learn about the legacy of Captain Pabst, the craftsmanship and artistry of the house, and the history of Milwaukee. The Pabst Mansion is open to the public year round and offers both general admissions and group tour packages.

Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes) - Experience a desert oasis, a tropical jungle and special floral gardens- all in one afternoon! Come to the deserts of the Arid Dome, stroll the jungles of the Tropical Dome, enter a themed exhibit in the Floral Show Dome, and witness the Lighting of the Domes at night.

Milwaukee County Zoo - Considered among the finest Zoos in the country. It is situated on 200 wooded acres and is home to approximately 2500 animals, representing 300 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and invertebrates.

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center - The Center encompasses nearly all the landforms and ecological communities that occur in southeastern Wisconsin: prairies, forests, bluff, ravines, ponds and lakeshore. As a result, the 225-acres includes a great variety of flora and fauna, some threatened and endangered.

Overture Center for the Arts - Contains the fabulous Overture Hall, the intimate Playhouse, three black box multipurpose spaces, meeting rooms, a soaring glass lobby, and the Capitol Theater, returned to its original name and refurnished one more time into a comfortable mid-sized venue.

Kalahari Waterpark Resort - Features an African theme with a spectacular indoor waterpark featuring 11 slides, 3 jacuzzis, Torrent River, wave pool, kid's play area. A fitness center, salon, gift shop, 72 luxurious suites and lots more.

Noah's Ark Waterpark - 70 acres of water activities including: 2 wavepools, 2 endless rivers, 33 waterslides, 4 kiddie water play areas, a kiddie roller coaster, bumper boats, an 18-hole mini-golf course, 12 restaurants and outdoor lounges, 5 gift and clothing stores, and a candy store.

Villa Louis Historic Site - An 1870 Victorian mansion built by the family of Hercules Dousman, an entrepreneurial frontiersman who parlayed various investments into a fortune. His son Louis and wife Nina Dousman built the Villa Louis as the centerpiece of their sprawling country estate. Today the home is restored to its British Arts-and-Crafts-style elegance during its heyday in the 1890s.

First Capitol - Discover the rugged origins of the first capitol of Wisconsin Territory, where legislators built the framework of law and order that evolved into current state government.

Milwaukee Art Museum - The collection in the museum comprises more than 20,000 works of art from ancient to contemporary. It includes 15th- to 20th-century European and American painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, decorative arts, and folk and outsider art.

Betty Brinn Children's Museum - The purpose of the Betty Brinn Children's Museum is to enrich the lives of all children and their families through hands-on learning experiences in a uniquely child-oriented environment.

Discovery World Science & Technology Center - Let your imagination soar as your hands explore over 150 custom-designed, fully interactive exhibits located on two entire floors of this architecturally stunning museum.

East Troy Electric Railroad - Runs from Mukwonago to East Troy in southeast Wisconsin. Built in 1907 by the Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Company, it continues in its 94th year as a living shortline as well as a museum.

National Mustard Museum - The Museum features an extensive collection of prepared mustards - more than 5,000 jars, bottles, and tubes from all 50 states and more than 60 countries. The Museum also is home to hundreds of items of great mustard historical importance, including mustard pots and vintage mustard advertisements.

Wisconsin Historical Museum - Explore Wisconsin's distinctive heritage and a variety of other American history topics through artifacts, photographs, full-scale dioramas, audio-visual presentations, and interactive multimedia programs.

Circus World Museum - Collects, preserves, and interprets archival material and artifacts relating to the history of the American circus. Circus World comes to life in the summer with live demonstrations and shows including a traditional Big Top Circus Performance.

Madison Children's Museum - An award-winning destination for fun family activities and hands-on learning. Complete with 6 exhibits, there's always something new to do at Madison Children's Museum.

Mid-Continent Railway Museum - An outdoor, living museum and operating railroad recreating the small town/short line way of life during the "Golden Age of Railroading," spanning the years 1880-1916, with operating trains, educational exhibits, and displays of restored rolling stock.

Watson's Wild West Dinner Theater & Western Museum - An 1880's General Store Museum of the American West. Guided tours with a cowboy character who captures your imagination with tall tales, cowboy poetry, humor, and historical facts of yesteryear. Enjoy panning for gold at the Tumbleweed Mine, sarsaparilla being slid down the bar, and the wonderful gift shop.

Cave of the Mounds - Recognized as a National Natural Landmark. A guided tour of the cave takes you past a varied collection of colorful stalactites, stalagmites, columns and other formations.

Jelly Belly Warehouse & Visitor Center - Visitors can take a tour of the warehouse and taste the magic of the original gourmet Jelly Belly jelly bean. The train ride makes stops at a variety of Stations with large screen video monitors showing the company's century of candy making and how they make candy corn, jelly beans, gummies and more.

Rotary Botanical Gardens - 15 acres of themed garden areas will give you a sampling of the world's gardening and landscaping styles. Rotary Gardens serves as a valuable educational resource and horticultural showcase for everyone to enjoy.

Racine Zoo - Covering 32 acres, the Zoo is home to over 250 animals representing 76 species. Here you will find lions, wolves, rhinos, orangutans, kangaroos and more, living in exhibit spaces designed to imitate natural surroundings.

Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center - Offers six miles of nature trails; the Helga Gundersen arboretum; and seasonal guided tours of the restored Bekkum pioneer log homestead. Nearby, the Thrune Visitors' Center houses heritage and nature museums, a gift shop, library and meeting facilities.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens - This glass pyramid is a sunny, green paradise filled with exotic plants, bright flowers, a rushing waterfall, fragrant orchids and free-flying birds. Stroll through 14 acres of outdoor display gardens including a sunken garden, perennial garden, rose garden, rock garden, herb garden, and wildflower garden.

Old World Wisconsin - An open-air museum of America’'s rural Heartland, Old World Wisconsin includes an 1870s crossroads village and an assortment of ethnic farmsteads that portray Wisconsin’s history of immigration and resettlement in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Henry Vilas Zoo - One of the state's finest zoos and admission is free. The zoo offers a petting zoo in the summer

Riveredge Nature Center - The Center is a breeding habitat for 67 species of birds. It includes10 miles of hiking trails, and 8 miles of groomed and tracked cross country ski trails- through prairies and woodlands along the Milwaukee River.