Situated just outside of Eagle, in Waukesha County, Old World Wisconsin gives your family the opportunity to travel through time and experience the world of Wisconsin’s early immigrants. Step into the daily lives of the people who called this world home as you help with chores and cooking, try your hand at crafts and trades, and play – yes, even the grown-ups! Help stoke the fire in the blacksmith shop, pick veggies in the gardens, dye and spin wool, roll pie crusts, collect chicken eggs, try on wooden clogs, race high-wheel bicycles and more. This is where history comes alive!
In fact, it’s so much fun the attraction was just named the #1 Place to Take Kids in and Around the Milwaukee Area by KidsOutAndAbout.com, and we’re celebrating with free children’s admission on weekends through the month of September!
Old World Wisconsin is the perfect place for your next family adventure. Here’s why:
- It’s close to home – Just 60 minutes from Madison.
- There’s a lot to explore – Step into the lives of early Wisconsinites by exploring the homes, farms, stores, and workshops they walked through every day, all located on 600 acres of picturesque woodlands, prairies, and wetlands.
- The kids won’t get bored – Meeting furry friends on the farms, enjoying an old-fashioned soda water in the general store, seeing sparks fly in the blacksmith shop, and much more!
- From the fragrant flowers and herbs in the gardens to miles of scenic trails, there’s lots of places for mom to relax.
- We’ll get your kids to do chores – No, we’re not kidding. After helping wash clothes on a wash board and sweeping out the barns, suddenly cleaning becomes fun!
- Awesome holiday events – Whether you want to get spooky at Legends & Lore or meet Santa in his workshop at Home for the Holidays, Old World Wisconsin is the place to be.
- Plan your visit at oldworldwisconsin.org.
Are you still on the fence? That’s ok, they’ve got lots of them! Here are five more things you might not know about Old World Wisconsin.
- Every animal you meet during your visit is a Heritage Breed. These traditional livestock are unique breeds, and you can meet these sheep, cows, horses, and pigs up close! These animals help tell the ever-evolving history of farming in America.
- The site was painstakingly and precisely put together. Piece by piece, workers carefully dismantled homes, barns, stores, and workshops from around the state and reconstructed them at Old World Wisconsin. New buildings and features are always being added.
- There are miles of beautiful hiking trails connecting the site. Old World Wisconsin sits on over 600 acres in the Southern Kettle Moraine Forest. You’ll hike under beautifully forested canopies, rolling hills, pristine prairies, and lovely waterways, teaming with local wildlife. Guests looking for faster travel can hop on the motorized trams and take in the same scenery while riding between spaces.
- Buildings date from the 1840s to the 1910s. Old World Wisconsin offers a true panorama of Wisconsin history, covering more than 70 years and many cultures, including African American, Danish, Finnish, Hessian, Irish, Norwegian, Polish, Pomeranian, and Yankee.
- They just opened a new Brewhouse! If you need a beverage break during a long day, this new experience taps into the state’s brewing past by creating immersive environments where you can see, smell, feel, and — of course — taste this history. There’s even root beer for the kids!
Plan your visit at oldworldwisconsin.org (admission is FREE for kids on weekends in September!).
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