Wisconsin sites offer fun and education
Paper Discovery Center
425 W. Water St., Appleton
The Fox Valley's paper industry comes alive in this center, which uses science and technology and history to open up the world of paper. Closed Sunday.
Racine Heritage Museum
701 S. Main St., Racine
Located in downtown Racine, this museum offers unique displays of Southeastern Wisconsin history, including the Racine Belles, part of the legendary All-American Girls Baseball League, and the role Racine played in the Underground Railroad.
2131 N. Main St., Racine
The Racine zoo is located along the shore of Lake Michigan, giving it a unique feel.
Weis Earth Science Museum, UW-Fox Valley
1478 Midway Rd., Menasha
Create your own earthquake, explore a 19th century lead mine and learn about the importance of mining in Wisconsin history. Families can also learn about the oceans, volcanoes, mountains and glaciers that were once part of Wisconsin's landscape. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Wisconsin Maritime Museum
75 Maritime Dr., Manitowoc
Board a World War II submarine and descend not only into American military history but also Manitowoc's maritime past (28 subs were built here!). The lakefront museum is among the largest maritime museums in the region and is open seven days a week during summer.
Cave of the Mounds
Discovered in 1929, this cave is often called the "jewel box" of America's major caves thanks to the the variety and delicacy of its formations. That "exceptional value as an illustration of the nation's natural heritage and contributes to a better understanding of man's environment" has led the site to be designated a National Natural Landmark. Before you go, visit the Web site which has a lot of useful information on visits and activities that will help kids better understand the cave. Guided tours are offered all year long.
Devil's Lake State Park
Along the Ice Age Trail, Devil's Lake offers great outdoor opportunities for all ages. There are miles of hiking trails, two sandy beaches, rock climbing, camping, biking and scenic views from the bluffs surrounding the lake.
5607 Cty. Rd. C, Spring Green
Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's Wisconsin home, offers tours of the architect's home, studio and rolling, green estate and, at the same time, will learn more about the man, his vision and his work.
Henry Vilas Zoo
702 S. Randall Ave., Madison
The children's zoo has a new Conservation Carousel. And, admission to the Vilas Zoo is free!
The Wisconsin Historical Museum
816 State St., Madison
Learn about the state's history through photographs, artifacts, multimedia programs and more. Right in the shadow of the capitol dome.
Wisconsin State Capitol Tour
Capitol Square, Madison
See where the governing of the state happens; where laws are created. Perhaps even more interesting is the stunning architecture and the lavish sculptural and other decorations created by artisans. Free public tours are offered daily.
Paul Bunyon Logging Camp,
Carson Park, Eau Claire
Learn about life in a rugged Wisconsin logging camp, in the shadow of a looming Paul Bunyan statue that never fails to delight. There are games and interactive exhibits in Paul's Tall Tales Room and the camp also boasts a barn, blacksmith shop, bunkhouse and more.
Chippewa Valley Museum
Carson Park, Eau Claire
Next door to the logging camp, located on a 134-acre peninsula on Half-Moon Lake, is the Chippewa Valley Museum, where kids can travel back in time to learn about the area. There is an original one-room schoolhouse, an 1866 farmhouse, a turn of the century middle class home and a 1950s ice cream shop!
During April and May weekends each year, guides lead visitors through a maze of well-lighted passages where stalactites, stalagmites and rippling flowstone hang from the ceiling or cover ledges. The cave is accessed by a series of steps and ramps that allow visitors to descend more than 70 feet below the surface.
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For those traveling to the Eau Claire area, you can find lots of family friendly events, restaurant reviews, and much more listed on the VolumeOne website. http://www.volumeone.org
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