Heading to Summerfest? Utilize Discovery World to Make Your Visit Even Better!

Are you heading to Milwaukee to enjoy the sights and sounds of the world’s largest music festival? There’s nothing quite like Summerfest. The music is top-notch, the food is outstanding, and the people are even better. Here’s five ways to utilize Discovery World to make your family’s visit to Summerfest unforgettable!

1. Park at Discovery World

Having trouble locating parking near the Summerfest grounds? Come on down to Discovery World where we offer Summerfest parking rates starting at $15-$25 per day. Our underground structure can facilitate 175 parking spots from 10am until 12:30am. Please keep in mind that we do not offer overnight parking.

2. Kohl’s Design It! Lab Inside the Fest

Discovery World is teaming up with our friends at the Kohl’s Captivation Station to provide hands-on activities that the whole family can enjoy! Open daily from noon – 7:00pm, the station provides educational, music-related experiences for kids and families. This year, with the Kohl’s Design It! you can make Summerfest themed crowns and visors. Other partners inside the station include the Zoological Society of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Art Museum, Penfield Children’s Center and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Look for the Kohl’s Captivation Station and the KDI team on the lakeshore, south of the Colombia St. Mary’s Cool Down Lounge, kitty-corner to the Marcus Amphitheater.

3. Great Views of Milwaukee from Lakeshore Paddle Sports

Hop on a paddle boat and experience Summerfest on the water! Lakeshore Paddle Sport Rentals has moved from its usual Discovery World location to the north side boat dock close to the Ferris wheel and the U.S. Cellular Connection stage. Open from 12-7pm each day of the festival, these paddle boats will allow you to experience breathtaking views of the festival and of the Milwaukee skyline. Boats hold up to four people and rides range from 30 minutes to an hour. Come quick! We’re sure these boats will go fast.

4. Member Fireworks Offer the Best Seat in the City

Join us at Discovery World for our fireworks shows tonight, June 29th  and Sunday, July 3rd. These events open our docks for a front row view of one of Milwaukee’s most spectacular fireworks shows and is free for members. Guests of members can tag along for only $10 per person. Guests can also come in for FREE if they buy a Discovery World membership. Additionally, the Technology building will have extended hours from 5-9pm. so you can stop by as you wait for the fireworks to start. You and your guests can visit our traveling Zoom into Nano exhibit, the Music Factory, Southwest Flight Simulator, and much more!

Here’s a few logistics you need to know.

  • Doors open at 5pm on June 29th and 6pm on July 3rd, but get here fast because parking will be limited.
  • Fireworks begin at 9:30pm.
  • Please remember to bring your own chairs, as chairs will not be provided for this event.
  • Carry-ins are permitted.

5. Utilize the Bublr Bike Station Located at our Doorstep

According to our friends at Bublr Bikes who have some amazing measuring abilities, Discovery World is just 414 steps north of the Summerfest grounds. Skip the pain of parking and pick up a Bublr Bike at over 40 station locations in the Milwaukee area, including a station right next to Discovery World. Bublr Bikes are a perfect mode of transportation to get to and from Summerfest in a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly way. For more information on Bublr Bikes and Summerfest, check out TMJ4’s latest coverage on alternative modes of transportation to the fest of Bublr’s tips to Bublr-ing to Summerfest.

Membership pays for itself in just two visits!

Membership is the best (and most cost-saving way) for your family to enjoy fun and learning throughout the year!

With all of our memberships you’ll receive free admission, program discounts, special member-only events, and more! Members also enjoy FREE access to the Kohl’s Design It! Lab every weekend of the year.

  • Free, Unlimited Daily Admission
  • Discounts on Programs
  • Advance Notice of Events and Programs
  • Special Member Only Events
  • Reciprocal Admission to Over 300 STEM Museums Worldwide
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Getting Here

We are located on Milwaukee’s lakefront with easy access on and off of the expressway.

500 N Harbor Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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General Admission

Adults $19
Child (3-17) $16
Child 2 & Under $Free
Senior (60+) $16
College Student* $14
Military Active and Veterans* $14

*Valid ID Required.

Purchase tickets at the Ticket Counter. Prices are subject to change.

Hours

Opens tomorrow at 9a
Tues-Fri 9a - 4p
Sat & Sun 10a - 5p

Getting Here

We are located on Milwaukee’s lakefront with easy access on and off of the expressway.

500 N Harbor Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Get Directions
Adults $19
Child (3-17) $16
Child 2 & Under $Free
Senior (60+) $16
College Student* $14
Military Active and Veterans* $14
Military* Active Duty & Veterans $14

*Valid ID Required.

Purchase tickets at the Ticket Counter. Prices are subject to change.

Hours

Opens tomorrow at 9a
Tues-Fri 9a - 4p
Sat & Sun 10a - 5p