Old World Wisconsin
Old World Wisconsin, just south of Eagle in Waukesha County, re-creates the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era, allowing kids to explore the past with their own senses - no long reading assignment required!
H.H. Bennett Studio & History Center in Wisconsin Dells engrosses visitors with the story of the man who made the Wisconsin Dells famous by popularizing the town as a tourism destination with his magnificent landscape photos of the rugged dells of the Wisconsin River.
Circus World in Baraboo
Circus World in Baraboo will enchant kids of all ages with the simply stupendous feats of Chinese circus acrobats, entertaining Elephant Encounters, the comical antics of Doodles the clown, a magic show, KidsWorld Circus, tours of historic Ringlingville, and much, much more.
Wade House in Greenbush, midway between Fond du Lac and Sheboygan, immerses visitors in the lives and times of Civil War-era Wisconsinites during the 1860s (offer not valid at Wade House during its annual Wild West Show, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26-27).
First Capitol in Belmont, the birthplace of Wisconsin territorial government, always offers free admission for children and adults alike.
Stonefield, just north of Cassville, delves into Wisconsin's railroading history during "Railroad Days" on Saturday, Aug. 19, when the 1900s-era farming village and farmstead will be abuzz with railroading activities and displays, including model railroading trains and an end-of-the-line hobo camp.
Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien welcomes you to the world of Victorian America through the mansion's authentically restored rooms that overlook the site of the only battle of the War of 1812 fought in Wisconsin - the battle of Prairie du Chien.
Madeline Island Historical Museum
Madeline Island Historical Museum in La Pointe explores more than three centuries of Wisconsin history beginning with the island's days as the Ojibwe people's spiritual homeland, meandering through the advent of European exploration and the fur trade, and into the early 20th century when travelers and tourists discovered the island.
Pendarvis in Mineral Point, once the heart of the territorial lead mining boom that brought Cornish miners to the region in droves, re-creates the tenor of those times with its quaint stone-and-log cottages, a restored prairie walk, and the rugged Merry Christmas Mine hill.
So make the most of summer this August. Pack up the kids and give them a free and fun-filled historical adventure they will always remember - at Wisconsin's historic sites. Visit the Wisconsin Historical Society for more on these and other places, and we'll see you Around Wisconsin!
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