Stops: Discovery World in Milwaukee, Madison,
The Burpee Museum
Drive time: 8 hours round trip
Pictured: Discovery World
Discovery World, Milwaukee, Wis.: Two hours up
the road, make a quick stop at Discovery World, the
cutest science museum right on the lake. My little science lovers
light up at the chance to land an airplane, lie on a bed of nails,
even pet a stingray. The perfect place to learn by exploration,
Discovery World does a terrific job of combining innovation,
science and technology into exhibits that will kick your kids'
brains into over-drive.
Madison, Wis.: Stop and stretch your legs in
the biking capital of the Midwest, Madison.
You'll find lots of hiking trails at the UW-Arboretum. Or if you're
looking to lunch, hike out to Picnic Point. Bike rentals are also
readily available if you want to take a spin and discover for
yourself how this quaint town has earned its title.
Wisconsin Dells, Wis.: In 2010, TripAdvisor
named Wisconsin Dells the
number one family destination in the U.S., third in the world.
Although it's the water park capital of the world, the Dells has a
lot to offer everyone-indoors and out. In fact, it's one of the few
places where they've managed to weather-proof the family
We love the Tommy Bartlett
Science Exploratory where simple scientific wonders await. The
new Bigfoot Zipline also tops our list-it's Wisconsin Dells' number
one attraction, with fun, zany guides and the longest racing
zipline in America.
The Burpee Museum, Rockford: Break up the drive
home to Chicago with a road stop in Rockford, the home of the sock
monkey and Jane the T. rex. The fully restored 21-foot skeleton of
Jane is on display.
Kids can discover what happened during the 66 million years Jane
lay buried and fuel their inner archeologist imaginations by
checking out the expedition's Montana base camp.