Discovery Place Science, Charlotte

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. To visit Discovery Place Science and other attractions in Charlotte, use our Charlotte trip planner .
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  • Discovery place seems to be open during school hours and seems like lots of schools do field trips, so the place was absolutely packed with kids. Which led to a lot of standing waiting for a chance fo...  more »
  • The Museum of science is something interesting and innovative, you have the opportunity to interact and experience various experiences, very playful. Great for taking the kids
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  • I saw an exhibition of guitars there - was WAY overpriced for what it was. It is a decent place- young kids would enjoy it; I rate it good, but not excellent.  more »
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  • We went yesterday with 2 adults & 2 toddlers. Overall we had a great time and we would absolutely go again but there was some downsides I came across that I will be prepared for next time. 1) You have to pay for parking. 2) The food (like any other attraction) is way overpriced so I suggest bringing your own lunch. 3) The restroom on the second floor DOES NOT have a changing table. You'd think being a children's museum there would be one in every restroom. So you can either go to the 3rd floor or change your child on the floor, which both are a pain if you have more then one child. Other then those things this place is very stroller friendly with wide pathways and stroller parking so that was really nice. There's LOTS to do here so plan on spending at least 2+ hours here or more if you want to see absolutely everything. Overall would recommend!
  • We decided to visit the Ripley's Believe it or not museum. They had a variety of different displays that were pretty cool. My kids especially loved the frog exhibition and the Science on Stage show that showed kids how to make fire. We parked in the discovery center parking garage which was very convienent. To see everything here, I would plan for about 2 and a half hours, maybe longer. They do have restaurants but it can get a little pricey. Overall it's a great experience that families won't soon forget.
  • Nice museum for both young and old. They have a set of permanent exhibits and a good set of visiting exhibits every few months. The IMAX theatre always has good movies on different interesting topics. They also offer adults only events at night that make going to the museum fun.
  • 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.
  • So much for the kids to see and do; my son did not like the tall man in the Ripley's Believe It or Not exhibit though, I've never seen him nope out of a situation faster than that. All in all, perfect outing!

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