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Zoo / Restaurant

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Zoo / Restaurant

Planning on taking the kids to visit your city sometime in August. We would like to take them to the zoo followed by a fun kid friendly restaurant. Any advice on these or any other sites/ fun things to do with the kids ?

P.s Which hotel would you recommend near the zoo? We are only staying for a day and a half

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1. Re: Zoo / Restaurant

head on over to Organ Piper Restaurant. Just follow Hwy. 100 where the zoo is located off of to this restaurant about a good ten- 15 minutes with lights:

http://www.organpiperpizza.com/ and afterward up a couple blocks to Layton and a mile or two down Layton to www.kopps.com for another kid friendly location for dessert. It's worth your while.

The Golden Key Motel is a nice motel if mom and pop style work for you and that's between both the zoo and Organ Piper. There's a neat fish store near there (a few blocks or less) that the kids would get a kick out of. It's massive and very neat to explore. http://www.goldenkeymotel.com/index.htm

Edited: 07 May 2012, 17:45
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http://bestfish.com/tour/tour.html

How old are the kids? Another close by to that general area of the zoo, Golden Key, Organ Piper, etc. is the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis. It's going on in early August. You can't miss its offerings--cream puffs included!

www.wistatefair.com

If you head into Milwaukee itself depending on your kids ages: The Betty Brinn's Children's Museum for the younger ones, The Milwaukee Public Museum, Discovery World (elementary school age-adult). It's a great museum on the water and right next to the Milwaukee Art Museum. The Mitchell Domes are worthwhile and unique to the area.

Or if you explore the other direction Old World Wisconsin is great and if they have a special event going on in August even better if you hit that particular time:

oldworldwisconsin.wisconsinhistory.org/

…milwaukee.gov/MitchellParkConserva10116.htm

http://www.discoveryworld.org/

http://www.mam.org/

http://www.bbcmkids.org/

Edited: 07 May 2012, 17:52
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If lodging further out Country Springs in Waukesha (mini waterpark indoors)

http://www.countryspringshotel.com/ That would also put you closer to Old World Wisconsin if you had interest in that at all.

or find somewhere in Milwaukee or Brookfield itself if you want bigger places, chains or more amenities.

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Thanks Hatch that is great info. Our kids are ages 10, 8 & 7. We normally stay at chain hotels like Ramada,Comfort Inn etc but a decent mom & pop place will be okay. We may do a weekend because we want to stop at the Renessaince Faire on our way back . The state fair sounds cool and so does the Discovery Center.

Edited: 07 May 2012, 21:15
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I' not possitive, but I don't think that the Golden Key Motel has a pool. Something you might want to consider.

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tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g59934-d252476-…

I would call and find out I always thought they had a pool and this review seems to indicate likewise though I didn't see it from first glance on their website.

Edited: 09 May 2012, 02:39
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Also I did a google earth on Golden Key Motel and found the pool on there, getting the whole up above overview. Still regardless of what I thought, the review from last summer and the Google Earth picture you can check directly with the motel to confirm it. You can also see an open area to the right on the website picture that looks like a fence where a pool would be but Google Earth was nice and clear. I know our kids always love a pool when traveling even if we're busy most of the time they're always up for and appreciate a quick dip. The Google Earth was also a fun way to see the motel described as a bit of country in the city which I've always thought of this establishment. They have been in the community for a long time.

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I recommend the Radisson Milwaukee West which is actually in Wauwatosa.

Very close to the zoo. You can also check out the Hoyt Park Pool in that area as a fun outing for the kids, Bradford Beach, or Cool Waters

I second Organ Piper. There is also a Dave and Busters in that area..

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9. Re: Zoo / Restaurant

Thanks all. Also considering strolling the Riverwalk and stopping for a snack/bite somewhere downtown. I read about the SAFE HOUSE on an earlier thread. Sounds like a fun /interesting place for a bite.

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