Surrounding Area, Milwaukee
West Allis - Milwaukee Mile
Located on the Wisconsin State Fair Grounds in West Allis, Wisconsin, The Milwaukee Mile, "America's Legendary Oval," is the world's oldest active motor speedway, dating back to 1903.The Milwaukee Mile has a history of hosting world-class IndyCar Series and NASCAR events each year and continues to do so today. As one of only a handful of independently owned major league speedways left in the United States, the unique 1-mile "flat oval" is known in racing communities as a "driver's track" that naturally creates what many refer to as the best racing in the country. The list of driver's that have competed at the speedway is a who's who of racing's elite including icons such as Mays, Rutherford, Mears, Andretti, Unser, Foyt, Earnhardt, Kulwicki and Kenseth.
Old World Wisconsin, Eagle, Wisconsin
At Eagle, south-east of Milwaukee is the Old World Wisconsin open-air museum, where 65 historic buildings have been constructed, many of them showing where their inhabitants came from: Germany, Denmark, Norway and Finland.The large complex of restored buildings at Old World Wisconsin recreates life in the days of the pioneers. Costumed performers undertake duties of yesteryear and answer questions from visitors.
Not to be confused with Burlington, Vermont, this mid sized city in Wisconsin has a few attractions to hold the visitors interest. Located on the shores of Echo Lake, the city has done a nice job of creating a pleasant park, Echo Park, along its shores. Burlington also has a historic downtown core with some well-restored buildings.
Logic Puzzle Museum
The Logic Puzzle Museum is hands-on fun for ages 5-105. With more than 55 different types of brain, logic, and mechanical puzzles to try to solve. Ring bells when you solve a puzzle, see the exhibit of vintage puzzles and make a puzzle to take home. The exhibit includes Chinese Checker Boards, collection of sliding block puzzles from around the world, Tangrams, dexterity puzzles, sequence puzzles, and Victorian parlor puzzles and toys.
Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum
Burlington's unique Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum is dedicated to toys, and in particular spinning toys. Try 35 hands-on tops and top games, see videos, try the I Spy Hunt, and see 2,000 items on exhibit. Educational classes called Yo-Yo Camp, are held on a regular basis to teach people the correct methods for making the yo-yo perform amazing feats.
Ten Chimneys, Genesee Depot, Wisconsin
It is as if time has stopped at Ten Chimneys, once the home of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne in Genesee Depot. The home is furnished in the style of the 1930 and 40's and is chock full of photos and memorabilia from these actors lives. The home does indeed have ten chimneys and is located on a beautiful piece of property with several outbuildings.
The city of Racine has several key attractions that will entertain the visitor. One is the Wind Point Lighthouse where you can climb up to the top for fantastic views. Another is the Racine Heritage Museum where the history of the city and county are laid out in detail. The city also has fine zoo, and an active arts and cultural scene.
Charles A Wustum Museum of Fine Arts
The Charles A Wustum Museum of Arts in Racine is a fine facility with a collection of contemporary craft that is considered one of the most significant in the United States. The museum also hosts a variety of traveling exhibits and shows throughout the year. The main focus of the permanent exhibits is glass, wood, fiber, metal, and ceramic.
Racine Heritage Museum
For those interested in the history of Racine, the Racine Heritage Museum should be on the list of things to see. Housing the archives and general history along with period pieces, the museum does a fine job of highlighting the historical events in Racine over the years. The Heritage Museum has an onsite store and conducts an educational program for children.
Honey Acres Museum, Ashippun, Wisconsin
Those with a sweet tooth should be sure to visit the Honey Acres Museum located in Asshippun. Here visitors are treated to a fascinating look at the production of honey. Historical dioramas provide an overview of the process and history of honey making. Honey tasting is included in the tour.
Webster House Museum, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
In operation since 1957, the Webster House Museum in Elkhorn, provides visitors with a history of the life and times of composer Joseph Webster. The house is furnished according to the time period of the early 1800's and contains relics from the US Civil War. The Walworth County Historical Society manages the house and museum.
Wisconsin Automotive Museum, Hartford, Wisconsin
Car buffs should head directly to the Hartford Heritage Auto Museum. Visitors will find many fine examples of perfectly restored automobiles. Of particular note are the collections of Kissel cars and the one dedicated to the Nash. The Hartford Heritage Auto Museum is the largest auto museum in Wisconsin.
The city of Kenosha is located on the shores of Lake Michigan and has just fewer than 100,000 inhabitants. The city has some historical buildings that have been restored in the old downtown area, and a pleasant waterfront park. Kenosha is Wisconsin's fourth largest city.
Anderson Arts Center
The mainstay of Kenosha's art establishment, the Anderson Arts Center, showcases the work of local, national, and international artists. The center is housed in a restored 9,000 square foot mansion and is divided into various sections according to art style. The Anderson Art Center hosts six to seven major exhibitions per year.
Address: 121 Sixty-Sixth Street, Kenosha, WI 53143, United States
Opening hours: 1pm-4pm; Closed: Mon
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Memorial Day - USA (last Monday, May), American Independance Day (Jul 4), New Year's Eve (Dec 31), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24), Easter - Christian, Good Friday - Christian
Facilities: Gift shop
Kenosha Public Museum
The Kenosha Public Museum has a diverse collection of items across a wide spectrum of fields. Some of the most notable exhibits are The Wisconsin Story, The Ice Age, and the Native American Village. The museum also has a collection of art in its Fine & Decorative Arts Gallery including pieces by Picasso and Renoir.
Address: 5500 First Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140, United States
Opening hours: Mar 1 to Aug 31: 9am-5pm; Sun: 12pm-5pm; Mon: 12pm-5pm
Sep 1 to Feb 28: 9am-5pm; Sun: 12pm-5pm; Closed: Mon
Sep 1 to Feb 28: 9am-5pm; Sun: 12pm-5pm; Closed: Mon
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Martin Luther King's Birthday - USA (3rd Monday, Jan), Memorial Day - USA (last Monday, May), American Independance Day (Jul 4), Labor Day - USA (1st Monday, Sep), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), New Year's Eve (Dec 31), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24), Easter - Christian, Good Friday - Christian
Entrance fee: FREE
Disability Access: Full facilities for persons with disabilities.
The city of Oconomowoc is a water-based locale. Dotted with over 33 parks, the city is an outdoor enthusiasts paradise. The city has several great museums and cultural operations and is located close to Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest and Lapham Peak State Park.
Oconomowoc and Lake Country Museum
The Oconomowoc Historical Society and Lake Country Museum will provide visitors with all the information they require on the local region. Housed in a 1920's restored building, the museum has over 12,000 square feet of displays and information on site. The museum also hosts traveling exhibits on a regular basis.
Green Meadows Farm, Waterford, Wisconsin
The Green Meadows farm in Waterford makes a great outing for a family with small children. The farm offers a petting zoo, hayrides, and all manners of farm animals to smell, touch, and see. Green Meadows Farm has over 200 animals. One of the highlights is the opportunity to hand milk a cow.
Octagon House, Watertown, Wisconsin
The Octagon House in Watertown was built in the mid 19th Century and is an unusual design. As the name suggests, the home is built in an octagon and has four stories with a central staircase. The Octagon home has been open to the public since 1938 when it was sold for $1.00 to the Watertown Historical Society.
The city of Waukesha was once a thriving resort town. Colonel Richard Dunbar promoted the healing powers of the local spring water and from that visitors came to try them out. This lasted until 1916. Today the city is still going strong and has a well-preserved historical downtown core with interesting architecture.
Waukesha County Museum
The Waukesha County Museum features displays on the American Civil War, Aboriginal history, the local area and other interesting items. Housed in a spectacular old building, the museum is worth a visit even if you don't go inside. The museum hosts a variety of traveling exhibits, be sure to check in to see what's coming up.
West Bend, Wisconsin
The town of West Bend is located on the Milwaukee River and has done a very good job of making the most of its waterfront location. Numerous parks and walking trails dot the city and excursions on the river are available. The town has a symphony orchestra and is home to the University of Wisconsin, Washington County.
Old Courthouse Square Museum
The Old Courthouse Square Museum in West Bend is an architectural gem. Built in the late 19th Century, the building is an excellent example of the Romanesque Revival style. The museum features displays highlighting the local area along with the Norman Colby Interpretive Center on the second floor. This interactive center will delight visitors young and old.
West Bend Art Museum
The West Bend Art Museum is located in downtown West Bend and is easy to find. The museum hosts 10 to 14 traveling exhibits a year so something new and interesting is always happening. The main focus of the museum's collection is 19th and 20th century paintings and drawings.
Address: 300 South 6th Avenue, West Bend, WI 53095-3312, United States
Opening hours: 10am-4:30pm; Sun: 1pm-4:30pm; Closed: Mon, Tue
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Memorial Day - USA (last Monday, May), American Independance Day (Jul 4), Labor Day - USA (1st Monday, Sep), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24), Easter - Christian
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $5.00, Students $3.00, Child 18 & under $3.00, Senior over 62 $3.00, Child 11 & under FREE
Facilities: Gift shop
East Troy Electric Railroad Museum, East Troy, Wisconsin
The East Troy Electric Railroad offers train rides from East Troy to Mukwonago in southeast Wisconsin. Passengers can board the train either at the Elegant Farmer Station or at the East Troy Depot.