Family observing cow at Farm Discovery Center in Wisconsin.

Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center

Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Where did your breakfast come from? There’s a good chance at least some of it originated in Wisconsin. The state is one of America’s top producers of milk and cheese. Since it opened in 2018, Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center has helped visitors understand and appreciate the food on their tables. Its special ingredient is a partnership with nearby Grotegut Dairy Farm, which bridges the gap between museum and real-world dairy operation. Visitors can take a bus tour of the farm to see it in action. And when any of Grotegut’s 2,500 cows is ready to have a baby, it is brought to Farm Wisconsin’s birthing center. There, the animal has its newborn in a safe, clean environment—and visitors are able to watch it all. There’s no guarantee a birth will happen during your visit, but the odds are pretty good. In Farm Wisconsin’s first year, more than 250 calves were born. —Shay Maunz

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