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Tips and Tricks for Navigating Summer Lakefront Traffic

Summertime in Milwaukee is filled with plenty of fun events, festivals, and activities. Discovery World’s beautiful lakefront location means that some of these events will cause a few road closures that may affect your travel time to and from the museum.

Have no fear; however, as there is always a way to get to Discovery World for some exciting family fun! We have a few tips and tricks for navigating your way down to the museum and some important dates to keep in mind.

The brand new road leading straight to our front door for access from Clybourn Street and Lincoln Memorial Drive is now open! This will also allow direct access to our parking garage and should cut down on some traffic flow.  Further, the new Lakefront Exit off of I-94 East is a quick and direct exit that will lead you straight to Discovery World in time for your summer camps, weekend visit, or family sail. All of these options will help you navigate to and from the museum in a timely fashion.

Please be aware of these important dates where traffic flow may be impeded:

  • June 10: Summerfest Rock ‘n Sole Run –Lincoln Memorial Dr closures from 6-10:30am
  • June 28-July 9: Summerfest – Expect more traffic and less parking around the city. Park at Discovery World!
  • July 23: NML Roots & Wings Run – Lincoln Memorial Dr closures 6:30-9:30am
  • September 16: Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk –Lincoln Memorial Dr closures from 9:30am-1pm
  • September 24: Komen Race for the Cure –Lincoln Memorial Dr closures from 7:45-10:45am

Here is a list of events and festivals at the Summerfest grounds, our neighbors to the South, that may affect travel time this summer.

You may also want to visit the Milwaukee street closures page on google maps before your visit to ensure quick and easy access to Discovery World.

Check out our previous parking blog for everything and anything you wanted to know about parking at Discovery World, as well as alternatives when the structure is full. Please note that we do not have an affiliation with any other parking structures in the area and are unable to extend the member discount. Therefore, you must plan to pay the posted rates for these alternative parking options.

As always, please feel free to give us a call at 414-765-9966 and one of our friendly staff members can help direct you to the museum. We can’t wait to see you this summer for plenty of Discovery World fun!

HOT TIP: Searching for the perfect place to park while attending Summerfest? Look no further than Discovery World. Our underground structure can facilitate 175 parking spots from 10am until 12:30am. Please keep in mind that we do not offer overnight parking.

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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

Open until 4p today
Tues-Fri 9a - 4p
Sat & Sun 10 - 5

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

Open until 4p today
Tues-Fri 9a - 4p
Sat & Sun 10 - 5