Sailing Vessel

Denis Sullivan

The Sailing Vessel (S/V) Denis Sullivan is a seasonal experience with our sailing season running usually between the end of May to early October. Please note though that 2019 is a Tall Ship Festival Year. This means that the S/V Denis Sullivan will be out of port and away from Milwaukee for a large portion of the summer, mainly between late June to early September 2019. Click HERE to find out where the Sullivan will be traveling to this summer.

Explore the wonder, beauty, and fun of Lake Michigan from the deck of Discovery World’s Tall Ship, the S/V Denis Sullivan. Climb aboard the world’s only re-creation of a 19th century three-masted, Great Lakes schooner.

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Enjoyed by All Ages
Varies depending on Sail type
Outside of Discovery World

2019 PUBLIC SAILS

Come aboard the world’s only three-masted re-creation of al 19th century Great Lakes cargo schooner! During this all ages, family friendly sail, you’ll be invited to help set the sails, take a turn at the helm, or simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

All Day & Evening Sails are 2-Hours in length. Registration closes 30 minutes prior to sail time.

Pricing (subject to change):

  • Members: $40
  • Non-Members: $50
  • Children 2 years and under: $10

Available Sails (subject to change):

DATE TIME
FRI, July 26 12-2pm

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FRI, July 26 3-5pm

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SUN, July 28 11-1pm

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SUN, July 28 6-8pm

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WED, Sept 4 12-2pm

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WED, Sept 4 3-5pm

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WED, Sept 4 6-8pm

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THUR, Sept 5 12-2pm

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THUR, Sept 5 3-5pm

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THUR, Sept 5 6-8pm

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FRI, Sept 6 12-2pm

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FRI, Sept 6 3-5pm

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FRI, Sept 6 6-8pm

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SAT, Sept 7 12-2pm

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SUN, Sept 8 11-1pm

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SUN, Sept 8 5-7pm

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TUE, Sept 10 5-7pm

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WED, Sept 11 5-7pm

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THUR, Sept 12 5-7pm

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SAT, Sept 14 12-2pm

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SUN, Sept 15 5-7pm

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TUE, Sept 17 5-7pm

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WED, Sept 18 5-7pm

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FRI, Sept 20 5-7pm

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SAT, Sept 21 12-2pm

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SUN, Sept 22 11-1pm

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SUN, Sept 22 5-7pm

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TUE, Sept 24 5-7pm

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WED, Sept 25 5-7pm

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THUR, Sept 26 5-7pm

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FRI, Sept 27 5-7pm

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SAT, Sept 28 11-1pm

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SAT, Sept 28 5-7pm

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SUN, Sept 29 11-1pm

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SUN, Sept 29 5-7pm

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TUE, Oct 1 5-7pm

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WED, Oct 2 5-7pm

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THUR, Oct 3 5-7pm

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SAT, Oct 5 11-1pm

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SUN, Oct 6 11-1pm

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SUN, Oct 6 5-7pm

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TUE, Oct 8 5-7pm

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WED, Oct 9 5-7pm

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THUR, Oct 10 5-7pm

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FRI, Oct 11 5-7pm

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SAT, Oct 12 11-1pm

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SUN, Oct 13 11-1pm

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Our Family Sails are a fun and educational outdoor experience for you and your family. Kids are invited to dress up as their favorite pirate or superhero, while enjoying a complimentary small snack and beverage!

All Family Sails are 2-Hours in length. Registration closes 30 minutes prior to sail time.

Pricing (subject to change):

  • If you purchase 3 or fewer tickets:
    • Members: $40
    • Non-Members: $50
  • If you purchase 4 or more tickets:
    • Member 4-Pack: $140
    • Non-Member 4-Pack: $160
    • Additional Tickets after 4 tickets are purchased
      • Members: $35
      • Non-Members: $40

Available Sails (subject to change):

DATE TIME
SAT, Sept 7 3-5pm

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SAT, Sept 8 2-4pm

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SAT, Sept 14 3-5pm

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SUN, Sept 15 11-1pm

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SAT, Sept 21 3-5pm

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SUN, Sept 22 2-4pm

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SAT, Sept 28 2-4pm

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SUN, Sept 29 2-4pm

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SAT, Oct 5 2-4pm

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SUN, Oct 6 2-4pm

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SAT, Oct 12 2-4pm

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SUN, Oct 13 2-4pm

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Join us for the inaugural Whiskey on the Water Sail aboard the S/V Denis Sullivan where you’ll enjoy Milwaukee’s scenic landscape while enjoying beverages courtesy of Jack Daniel’s. During this sail, you’ll be invited to help set the sails, take a turn at the helm, or simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the adventure.

Price includes 2 drink tickets per person and a snack. All participants must be 21+. Please drink responsibly.

Registration closes 30 minutes prior to sail time.

Pricing (subject to change):

  • Members: $85
  • Non-Members: $95

Available Sails (subject to change):

DATE TIME
FRI, July 26 6-8pm

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Join us for a 2-hr sail while enjoying refreshing beverages from one of the area’s favorite microbreweries! Your brewery rep will share interesting facts about things like the brew you’re sampling, the brewing process, and maybe even fill you in on some trade secrets.

Price includes 2 drink tickets per person and an ice cream treat.

All Brew Sails are 2-Hours in length. Registration closes 30 minutes prior to sail time.

Pricing (subject to change):

  • Members: $85
  • Non-Members: $95

Available Sails (subject to change):

DATE TIME SPONSOR
SAT, September 14 6-8pm Enlightened Brewing Company

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SAT, September 21 6-8pm Black Husky Brewing

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SAT, October 5 5-7pm Good City Brewing

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SAT, October 12 5-7pm Water Street Brewery

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ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Hop aboard S/V Denis Sullivan for a relaxing sunset sail alongside sommelier, Brian Gallagher of Capitol Husting. You’ll enjoy a sampling of specially selected fine wines, hors d’oeuvres, and the most breathtaking view of Milwaukee.

All participants must be 21 years of age and over. Registration closes 30 minutes prior to sail time.

Pricing (subject to change):

  • Members: $95
  • Non-Members: $105

Available Sails (subject to change):

DATE TIME
SAT, Sept 7 6-8pm

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Join two Milwaukee icons, Sprecher Brewing Co. and the S/V Denis Sullivan, for the launch of the first-ever Sprecher Sails on September 13 or October 4. This brand new adventure is perfect for families and children of all ages. You’ll enjoy a two-hour sail on Lake Michigan, amazing refreshments (beer and soda) from our friends at Sprecher, and an unforgettable experience on Wisconsin’s official flagship.

Price includes 2 drink tickets per person and a small snack.

All Sprecher Sails are 2-Hours in length. Registration closes 30 minutes prior to sail time.

Pricing (subject to change):

  • Members: $60
  • Non-Members: $70

Available Sails (subject to change):

DATE TIME
FRI, Sept 13 6-8pm

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FRI, Oct 4 5-7pm

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2019 MULTI-DAY ADVENTURE SAILS

Adventure Sail: Buffalo, NY to Cleveland, OH
July 8 – July 11

$600/Members & $700/Non-Members

Join the crew of the S/V Denis Sullivan for a multi-day adventure and once-in-a-lifetime experience. This exciting, hands-on voyage will allow you to explore the wonders of the Great Lakes like never before.

Sail out of Buffalo, New York on July 8th at 9am before arriving into downtown Cleveland, Ohio on July 11th where you’ll be part of a spectacular fleet of tall ships racing through the Great Lakes docking near the Great Lakes Science Center and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Travel nearly 200 nautical miles on the warm waters of Lake Erie as you’ll help raise sails, take a turn at the helm, tack through the wind, or simply relax and enjoy the pleasure of sailing as you can only find aboard a tall ship.

Please note that for Adventure Sails, the minimum age requirement is 12 years. Registrants that are between ages 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration for Adventure Sails closes three (3) weeks prior to the sail date due to additional paperwork that must be submitted and signed off on by your physician.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS ADVENTURE SAIL IS NOW CLOSED.

Adventure Sail: Duluth, MN to Erie, PA
August 14 – August 22

$950/Members & $1,100/Non-Members

Create memories that’ll last a lifetime on this week-long Adventure Sail from Duluth, Minnesota to Erie, Pennsylvania where you’ll join the crew of the S/V Denis Sullivan for a multi-day adventure over three of the Great Lakes!

Sail out of Duluth on August 14th at 9am where you’ll travel over Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, the Detroit River, Lake St. Clair, and Lake Huron before arriving at the Erie Maritime Museum (or Dobbins Landing) on August 22nd.

On this sail, you and your guests will join the crew to help raise sails, take a turn at the helm, tack through the wind, learn something new or simply relax and enjoy the pleasure of sailing as you can only find aboard a tall ship.

Please note that for Adventure Sails, the minimum age requirement is 12 years. Registrants that are between ages 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration for Adventure Sails closes three (3) weeks prior to the sail date due to additional paperwork that must be submitted and signed off on by your physician.

To register, please call the Reservations Department at 414-765-8625.

Adventure Sail: Erie, PA to Milwaukee, WI
August 26 – September 1

$950/Members & $1,100/Non-Members

Create memories that’ll last a lifetime on this week-long Adventure Sail from Erie, Pennsylvania to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where you’ll join the crew of the S/V Denis Sullivan for a multi-day adventure over three of the Great Lakes!

Sail out of Erie from the Erie Maritime Museum (or Dobbins Landing) on August 26th where you’ll travel over Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Lake St. Clair, and the Detroit River before arriving into the Sullivan’s home port of Discovery World in Milwaukee.

On this sail, you and your guests will join the crew to help raise sails, take a turn at the helm, tack through the wind, learn something new or simply relax and enjoy the pleasure of sailing as you can only find aboard a tall ship.

Please note that for Adventure Sails, the minimum age requirement is 12 years. Registrants that are between ages 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration for Adventure Sails closes three (3) weeks prior to the sail date due to additional paperwork that must be submitted and signed off on by your physician.

To register, please call the Reservations Department at 414-765-8625.

2019 RESERVATION, REFUND, & RESCHEDULING POLICIES

In order to reserve your spot, you must either call the Reservations Department at 414.765.8625 or register online. Full payment is due at the time of registration. Reservations may NOT be held without full payment. Sales close 30 minutes prior to sail time, unless otherwise stated.

Refund and rescheduling requests must be submitted to the Reservations Department by the deadlines indicated below. Deadlines differ per sail type.

Day & Evening Sails, Brew Sails, Family Sails, Lazy Day Sails, Sommelier Sail, Sprecher Sails, & Whiskey on the Water sail

In order to receive a full refund for any reservation YOU cancel, you must contact the Reservations Department at least seven (7) days prior to your scheduled sail date. Cancellations received less than seven (7) days from the sail date will receive no refund or credit.

Cancellations received less than seven (7) days from the sail date will receive no refund or credit.

Adventure Sails

In order to receive a full refund for any reservation YOU cancel, you must contact the Reservations Department at least ONE (1) MONTH prior to your scheduled sail date.

Cancellations received less than ONE (1) MONTH from the sail start date will receive no refund or credit.

Day & Evening Sails, Brew Sails, Family Sails, Lazy Day Sails, Sommelier Sail, Sprecher Sails, & Whiskey on the Water Sail

If you wish to reschedule your sail, you must also contact the Reservations Department at least seven (7) days prior to your scheduled sail date. Rescheduling requests received after the seven (7) day window will not be accepted or granted. Any cancellation request received after the seven (7) day window will receive no refund or credit. All rescheduling requests are subject to availability.

Adventure Sails

If you wish to reschedule to a different Adventure Sail, you must also contact the Reservations Department at least ONE (1) MONTH prior to the sail start date. Rescheduling requests received after the ONE (1) MONTH window will not be accepted or granted. Any cancellation request received after the ONE (1) MONTH window will receive no refund or credit. All rescheduling requests are subject to availability. If you reschedule to an Adventure Sail of a higher price, you are responsible for paying the difference.

All Sails

A sail may be cancelled if the captain thinks it is necessary to do so for reasons of safety. This is at his/her discretion. Normally we do NOT cancel due to rain or temperature. However, a sail may be cancelled due to severe storms, high wind, or fog advisories. If WE should cancel a sail, you may either reschedule your sail to a different date or receive a full refund. However, there is no refund if you simply choose not to show up, arrive late, or change your mind.

If a sail is cancelled, the Reservations Department will call all registrants as soon as the captain makes the official call to cancel.

For a full list of Frequently Asked Questions and other Policies. Please click the button below.

2019 S/V Denis Sullivan FAQs & Policies

GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE

Give someone the unique gift of adventure. S/V Denis Sullivan Day/Evening Sail Gift Certificates are now available for our regular, 2-hour sails.

You can purchase your S/V Denis Sullivan Gift Certificates in person at Admissions or by calling the Reservations Department at 414.765.8625. Gift Certificates cannot currently be purchased or redeemed online.

These particular certificates are valid for the 2019 S/V Denis Sullivan sailing season and for regular 2-Hour Day/Evening Sails only.

Please note, 2019 is a Tall Ship Festival Year. This means that the S/V Denis Sullivan will be out of port and away from Milwaukee for a large portion of the summer.

If you are looking for gift certificates for any other sails or programs we offer, you can purchase a General Discovery World Gift Certificate that we can set for any denomination (in $1 increments).

Purchasing gift certificates in any denomination provides the recipient flexibility to choose their experience.

These certificates may be purchased at the Admissions Desk, are valid for one year from the date of purchase, and must be presented in person for redemption. Gift Certificates cannot currently be purchased or redeemed online.

Please note, 2019 is a Tall Ship Festival Year. This means that the S/V Denis Sullivan will be out of port and away from Milwaukee for a large portion of the summer.

ONBOARD EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

For information regarding all of our educational programs onboard the S/V Denis Sullivan and more, please click here to view our Education pages.

PRIVATE EDUCATOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CHARTER

Professional development charters aboard the S/V Denis Sullivan challenge teachers to live and work aboard the traditionally rigged schooner. Educators on the S/V Denis Sullivan specialize in getting teachers out of the classroom and inspiring them to share these experiences with their students.

A charter on the S/V Denis Sullivan will give you a new passion and excitement for teaching, experiential education training, and a wealth of knowledge to take back to your classroom.

The S/V Denis Sullivan is modeled on a traditional vessel, but is equipped with the technology for a hands-on study of ecological systems. Journey the open waters of the Great Lakes for three hours or seven days.

For more information, please contact our Reservations Department at 414.765.8625 or reservations@discoveryworld.org

Professional & Private Charters

A private, 2-hour charter sail on the S/V Denis Sullivan offers an environment that no other venue can match.

As a captivating and impressive platform to network, express gratitude, celebrate or simply socialize, the experience offers a peaceful setting on Lake Michigan and a quiet sail on the world’s only traditional Great Lakes schooner.

While aboard, you and your guests will be able to participate in raising sail, take a turn at the helm, tack through the wind, learn something new, or simply relax, unwind and sail! Take your people into an environment surrounded by water, where the benefits of working together truly sail you home to safety. Charters are a great option for team-building events, employee appreciation events, weddings, vow renewals, anniversaries, and other special occasions.

There is a 50 person maximum limit per charter. Any bartender, caterer, or other vendor on-board would count toward this 50 person limit.

2-Hour Charters begin at $3,000. Additional fees apply for Beer and Wine Options.

For more information, please contact the Reservations Department at 414.765.8625 or email reservations@discoveryworld.org

History

The S/V Denis Sullivan was completed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2000 by professional shipwrights and nearly 400 volunteers. The schooner is a modern educational sailing vessel with two diesel engines, a scientific laboratory, two computer workstations, and modern communication and navigation equipment. She maintains single bunks in co-ed areas, shared toilets (heads) and showers, and limited storage. The vessel can carry up to 50 passengers on day sails and 21 participants overnight. She is complemented by a professional crew of ten.

The S/V Denis Sullivan provides an array of genuine maritime experiences, from two-hour Lake Watches for families to multi-day educational sails for teens and adults. Water is the world’s most precious resource, and the S/V Denis Sullivan provides a unique platform from which to provide marine education, leadership training, and personal development to visitors of all ages.

Technical Information

Technical Information

GENERAL INFORMATION

Length Overall 137’
Length on Deck 98’
Displacement Tonnage 150
Gross Tonnage 97
Beam 24’
Draft 8’9”
Number of Sails 10
Sail Area 4597 sq. ft.
Mast Height 95’
Heads 3
Berths 32
Day Sail Capacity 50
Fuel Capacity 960 gal.
Fresh Water Capacity 850 gal.
Sewage Capacity 670 gal.
Grey Water Capacity 640 gal.
Main Engines 2×180 HP
Generator 20 kW

DISTANCE LEARNING EQUIPMENT

Inmarsat Capsat Fleet 77 communications satellite antennae (MPDS 64 kbps ISDN thru-put)
Wireless 802.11 Antennae (11MB thru-put, w/ 4 nm range)
Canon Power Shot Digital Camera
Nextel Cellular Modem (19.2 kb thru-put)
Polycom Codec Camera (H.320 at up to 64kbps, Satellite & H.323 at up to 768kbps, TCP/IP network, wired or wireless)

NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT & ELECTRONICS

Color RADAR 2
Depth Sounder 1
DGPS VHF Chart Plotter 1
SSB Radio 1
MF/HF Radio 1
Weather Fax 1
NAVTEX Receiver 1
Satellite Comm. Station 2
Automatic Identification System 1
Computer Workstations 2
Large VIdeo Display 1
DVD/VCR 1

SAMPLING EQUIPMENT

Niskin Tow Winch 1000 meter ¼” wire
Bottles 6 (2.5 L Cap.)
Gravity Corer 1
Ponar Grab 2
Plankton Nets 1
Bottom trawl 1
Microscopes 5
Incubator 1
Centrifuge 1
Lamotte Surface Sampler 1
YSI 6600 Multi-parameter Sonde 1
Hach DO Photometer 1
Oakton pH tester 1
SSEC Sun Photometer 1

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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 $20
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 Admissions. Prices are subject to change.

Hours

Open until 13 (before close) 4p today
Mon-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 $20
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 Admissions. Prices are subject to change.

Hours

Open until 13 (before close) 4p today
Mon-Fri 9a - 4p
Sat & Sun 10a - 5p