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Discovery Place Science, Charlotte

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At Discovery Place Science, explore nature and society through scientific experiments, interactive exhibits, 3-D movies, and games. You'll have the opportunity to walk through a garden filled with free-flying butterflies and watch scientific shows about fire and ice. Look for aliens and mechanical dinosaurs or cross a swinging bridge overlooking a rainforest filled with tropical creatures. View 15 tanks filled with marine animals and take a guided tour to learn about them. You'll be immersed in the shows at the largest IMAX Dome Theatre in the Carolinas. Seek out the interactive programs that stimulate the imagination and the senses--they are organized daily. Add Discovery Place Science to your Charlotte travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Charlotte itinerary planner.
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  • Grandchildren love much of it, especially the bed of nails. When they were smaller I loved the childrens room. There was always new toys and games for them.  more »
  • The museum has so much to do, and it is all hands on, so you can definitely spend all day. Make sure to checkout the Rain Forest exhibit with the birds. It is two stories and you can really see the bi...  more »
  • A great place to share a day of hands on activities with the kids. Downtown Charlotte and plenty of eating places nearby.  more »
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  • Probably one of the best days that we have had as a family! Anyone with children will enjoy all the activities and experiments that are offered all day each day. My daughters, as well as my husband and my mother, had an amazing time! The tickets are reasonably priced and there are free days for visitors monthly.
  • Our two daughters enjoyed themselves. They liked the kid area where they could build different things. We all had a good time!
  • Nice place to take children, and still have fun as an adult. I enjoyed the mini rainforest and the Fired Up! demonstration. I saw online that this place had an aquarium, but it was more like 8 fish tanks with a variety of fish. Still cool but wish it was bigger and had more aquatic animals (not just fish). Had a great time and would be back in the future.
  • Definitely 5 stars! So much fun not just for the kids but adults too! Great atmosphere, plenty to do and interact with. Plan on making a whole day of it because there's so much to do and look at. Fun and educational!
  • Is it a museum or a Dressed up Mac Donald's? To start, yes, I agree with some of the comments on prices, expensive day trip; then again you are in Charlotte, where everything is expensive and do not forget the 9% on taxes that some of the locations/stores charge. Yes, the front desk people NEEDS and must have an assessment or examination in order to upgrade this, that they call Customer Service. How about some kind of sign for where does the entrance is or if I could come through any door and pay? How about that there is a Museum Parking available, for those of us that have not idea what are we doing? And once you are in, more signs to tell you where to go. Or better yet: Have an employee that knows the place and will -Kindly- escort you to where you want to go? May be the person that is taking your money could identify in that "geometrical confusing pastel color paper" referred as MAP; the steps that you need to take. Mentioning that the NW stairs/elevator do NOT go to the second floor, even if you go to the 3rd floor there is NO connection whatsoever... You HAVE to take the SE stairs/elevator, which might not be close together, if you want the second floor and that the SE stairs/elevator, will NOT take you to the 3rd floor. It also you need to notice that even though it states the word MUSEUM is more like a CHILDREN'S museum, a lot of running around, loud voices, confusion, not enough employees to help you out, and so forth. It is hard to think in/on the beauty, and marvel at nature and dream of what if(s), when there is a child screaming that is their birthday and that they are celebrating it there, as if I cared; or how about enjoying some past culture, ancient royalty and suddenly a group of children playing tag as if these pieces where from the dollar store... It is sad that the parents that though this was Mac Donald's playground are teaching their children that is so. and people like me and my family, that are interested in the past and how amazing is being protected and pass from generation to generation soon will have not place to go, unless you travel or get satisfied with the internet view. Thank you for your time, may this little review prepare you to a day out or holiday. Good Day.