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Discovery Place Nature, Charlotte

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In 1951, Discovery Place Nature opened as one of the first facilities in the southeast focused on bringing families and nature together. Discovery Place Nature visitors may walk among free-flying butterflies, observe live animals, buzz around with insects or hang out in the natural world. Daily programming including puppet shows and hands-on activities provide the opportunity for structured learning and informal play for the young and old alike.
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  • We met a relative here for something to do on a rainy day in Charlotte. It's decidedly a children's museum, but all 3 adults enjoyed it as well. We saw an IMAX show and especially enjoyed the aquatic ...  more »
  • A Charlotte staple if you have kids. Beautiful butterfly dome. Small store and great water feature where the kids can learn about weather and get their hands wet!  more »
  • The boys had fun looking at all the animals and playing in the interactive areas. The outdoor space is very nice, too. It is a bit small, but worth a visit.  more »
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  • I love this little museum and so does the family. It's great for an hour or so then head out to freedom park and enjoy the rest of the day. I definitely recommend to everyone.
  • This place is great to know unknown things about nature and to love the mother nature. You can see pictures, stuffed animals and also have live animals to meet. Love those flying butterflies! Education with a lot of fun!
  • Nice place. It is a bit on the dated side. * Butterfly pavilion is pretty cool (free flying butterflies !) *Toddler area is really nice. Books, blocks, insect toys, puzzles and a few other nature toys to play with. *other indoor play space is nice. Nature inspired water table, tunnels, slide and a few interactive play pieces. *outdoor play space is wood and all natural materials. Pretty boring, very lacking. *indoor interactive exhibits are nice. LOTS of interaction and hands on playing / learning. *animal displays are small but nice. *they do live animal encounters *overall it's a good place. $8 is a bit high, but my toddler enjoys it.
  • Some don't like taxidermy, but I find the many stuffed creatures to be informative. Most if them are animals that aren't readily approachable in the wild so it was cool to be able to see them up close. One does feel as though there is something missing, although I cant put a finger on what that would be. Overall the kids and I enjoyed it.
  • A laid-back easy vibe nestled under sprawling canopied trees near Freedom Park (which is also outstanding). We enjoyed the diversity of live animals in unique habitat enclosures, and especially the freedom of the back yard play area! Logs were hauled, roads constructed, and fairies wooed with music derived from utensils while others rested in the teepee or defended everyone from behind the fortress screen. Butterflies danced as the non-caged dove cooed a gentle song. It was perfect.