Exploratory Park

Take your family on an adventure through Exploratory Park!

This relaxing oasis on the south side of the Fair Park features hands-on stations for kids of all ages.

Stop by Smokey’s School House and visit the far south end of Exploratory Park to learn all about the Fair’s 168 year history.

Located on the south side of Main Street across from the Original Cream Puff Pavilion.

Open daily from 9 am – 9 pm.

North Entrance to Exploratory Park

Check Out a Few of Highlights in Exploratory Park

Department of Natural Resources:

Visit DNR experts in the north building in Exploratory Park. Explore the fish tanks featuring fish native to Wisconsin, learn about our state’s wildlife and all of the breath-taking parks throughout Wisconsin.

Smokey the Bear’s 75th Birthday:

Help the beloved fire prevention icon Smokey Bear celebrate his 75th birthday on Friday, August 9 in the north building of Exploratory Park. Enjoy family-friendly activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with Smokey appearances for a special birthday ceremony throughout the day. Don’t miss the fun activities and a chance to earn a Smokey birthday gift bag!

Master Gardeners:

Head to the south end of Exploratory Park to learn all sorts of gardening tips and tricks from southeastern Wisconsin’s very own Master Gardeners. Plus, get ideas for your garden on native plants that are well suited for our climate.


Do the kids need to burn off a little energy? Let them play on the playground in the heart of Exploratory Park while you rest your feet in a relaxing atmosphere and plan the rest of your day at the Fair.

Japanese Garden:

Relax in this new tranquil oasis on the east side of Exploratory Park. Rest a spell from the busy State Fair streets and take in the serene beauty of this area.

Wood Carving:

Check out the new wooden carving in honor of Smokey the Bear’s 75th Birthday!

Find it in the playground area, just behind Smokey’s Schoolhouse.