OWW Spotlight

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Old World Wisconsin


This article was written with and sponsored by Old World Wisconsin.

Lake Country Family Fun simply loves everything about Old World Wisconsin.  Situated right here in Waukesha County, this open air museum gives visitors an authentic experience with costumed staff ready to help you get hands-on with our rich Wisconsin history. There are 600 acres of true Wisconsin history waiting to be explored! Read on for more information on Old World Wisconsin including planning YOUR visit or field trip to Old World Wisconsin. Plus, we’ll give you 5 things you may not have known about Old World Wisconsin!

Old World Wisconsin has added new in-person, reservation-based special programs that begin October 1 and will run through November!
More dates have been added to the Behind the Scenes: In the Workshop events. The new programs include: Fall Family Fun Drive, Behind the Scenes: In the Kitchens, Blacksmithing Family Workshop, and a virtual version of the fan favorite Legends and Lore.

The store will be closed for 2020.

Refer to their website to make reservations and get the most up to date information.


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5 things you didn't know about Old World Wisconsin

  1. Every animal you meet during your visit is a Heritage Breed – a traditional livestock breed. Animals on the farm include sheep, cows, horses, and pigs.

  2. Old World Wisconsin was painstakingly and precisely put together. Piece by piece, workers painstakingly dismantled the old structures by numbering bricks, boards and logs, and moving them to the site of Old World Wisconsin. The buildings took shape once more, reconstructed precisely as they had once been built. New buildings and features are always being added.

  3. Old World Wisconsin hosts an awesome summer camp experience. Although, you probably knew this one from Lake Country Family Fun’s Summer Camp guide!

  4. Old World Wisconsin is about all things historic, but their restrooms are modern 🙂  Both the men’s and the women’s restrooms have changing tables {sweet, thank you Old World Wisconsin} and for nursing mothers there is a Mother’s Room located by the Garden shop.

  5. Old World Wisconsin has miles of hiking trails waiting to be explored!  Old World Wisconsin sits on over 600 acres in the Southern Kettle Moraine Forest.  There are miles of off-road hiking trails that will take you to places like the Big Kettle Pond & Black Tern Marsh and will also provide an up-close encounter with the animals, birds, and bugs that call Old World Wisconsin home.

Our Favorite things to do at OWW

Old World Wisconsin Eagle, WI

We love taking a spin on the 19th century tricycle!  You can find this activity in the area called, “Catch Wheel Fever”.  You can also peddle a High-Wheeler there!

The kids love getting Time Tolkens and spending them at the Four-Mile House located in the Crossroads Village. From the blacksmith shop to the general store, the village is bustling with opportunities to explore small town life. 

Most schools have ipads in classrooms now-a-days, but if you want to know what school was like way back when, check out the Scandinavian Homesteads – they are great! Help cook, garden, or try a craft, and then attend lessons in the one room school. This mix of styles and experiences lets you explore what it means to call a place home and survive in a new land. 

The kids won’t do chores at home, but they do them for FUN at the Life on the Farm area. Anyone can try out these 19th-century chores and farm work, just roll up your sleeves, just remember, there’s no electricity allowed!

Everyone loves the tram ride! See their website for the schedule and rates. When we went the scenic ride to us out to Life on the Farms where we met heritage animals, tasted historic foods and more! My kids love animals so much and had a blast getting to interact with them.

Plan your Visit - Tips & Tools

Historic Base Ball Game

Old World Wisconsin has plenty of tips and tricks for your visit.  We’ve highlighted the various links below:

This handy map will be sure to help you plan your visit and guide you along while you are visiting!

If you have common questions about strollers, wheelchairs, pets {not allowed}, carry-in food, getting around and more, start here at the FAQs.

You can buy a few different types of tickets at Old World Wisconsin.
Weekday Experience tickets
Jun 10 – Aug 29
Weekend Experience tickets
May 4 – Jun 9, Jun 14 – Sept 1, Sept 7 – Oct 13
Special event tickets
Legends and Lore, Old World Christmas, Mother’s Day Brunch, etc

Looking for a group event, wedding venue, field trip or tour, use the links on the right to get you to the right information:

Old World Wisconsin Fun in every Season

Fall

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This is not your typical fall experience! 

Fall 2020 Events include: Behind the Scenes: In the Workshop events, Fall Family Fun Drive, Behind the Scenes: In the Kitchens, Blacksmithing Family Workshop.

Holiday

Christmas OWW

Jingle all the way to the 1800s as you discover vibrant holiday traditions. Help prepare Vanocka, see North America’s largest Yule Goat, and watch out for Krampus!
TBD 2020.

Halloween

legends lore OWW

Troves of supernatural tales brought to Wisconsin over the generations come to life as you explore the Crossroads Village after dark at this always spooky, sometimes scary, family-friendly Halloween event. 
Legends and Lore will be virtual in 2020.

Summer

Fourth of July Parade OWW

Summer is full of activity at Old World Wisconsin.  From Historic Brewing Demonstrations to the amazing Independence Day Parade and events including the famous pie eating contest on the 4th, and summer camps there is no lack of things to do in the summertime!

2020 Events


FREE Virtual Field Trips –
Learn more here

Virtual Legends and Lore – October 23 – 31 at 7pm. Learn more here

CLICK HERE FOR ALL OWW 2020 EVENTS.

Contact Info & Getting Here

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The main entrance to Old World Wisconsin is located off of Hwy 67, just south of the town of Eagle. On-site vehicle parking is available for FREE at Old World Wisconsin. The parking lot is located at the front entrance of the site. Plan your Visit today! KNOW BEFORE YOU GO COVID-19 INFORMATION HERE.

 

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