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Powerhouse Science Center, Durango

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Located on the banks of the Animas River in Durango's historic coal-fired, steam-generated AC power plant, Powerhouse Science Center (formerly the Durango Discovery Museum) presents a wide range of programs, exhibits, and activities designed to provide an entertaining and inspiring look at energy — past, present, and future.
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  • My wife and I were in town for a family wedding--had never been to Durango before so the meet and greet dinner the night before the wedding was held here in the Center. We had a blast. Tons of hands-o...  more »
  • Loved this place. It's great for kids of all ages and history or science buffs. So much to look at and explore. Very hands on. There is a train play set, balls that float with compressed air, a flight...  more »
  • We took our 4 1/2 year old son here and I'm not sure who had more fun - us or him. They had some amazing things to see, all of which were hands on. It's a great size where kids can run around and stil...  more »
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  • For a small science center, this place is awesome! We try and support small "discovery" centers because they are more hands on and interactive. As for Powerhouse, it's a cool and funky setting (old power plant) with fun things for all ages. We expected maybe 30 minutes of activity but were there nearly an hour and a half. Great midday stop if you're coming through Durango and need a stretch break. Highly recommend.
  • A great place for younger kids! And they take the same science center pass that gets you into many museums in the Southwest, including in Phoenix.
  • Kept my 18 month old and 3 year old completely occupied for nearly 3 hours. I had a ton of fun too! Stop motion animation, fort building, air pumps, ball chutes, climbing tower, mirrors, trains, magnets, circuits, electricity generation, puppets, snakes, frogs and fish in a very clean and inviting atmosphere.
  • We used our science membership from St. Paul, Mn, we were so glad to get to visit this science center while we were on vacation in Durango. The kids all had a blast!!
  • Wonderful local science center. Keep an eye out for the once-every-two-week trivia for adults in the evening.

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Where to stay in Durango

Immerse yourself in Durango's rich history by staying in one of downtown's turn-of-the-century hotels, where the buildings' brick architecture highlights a bygone era. Not only do these pack plenty of character, they offer proximity to the majority of the town's eateries, stores, and attractions. A motel farther out of town is typically cheaper, while a rural bed and breakfast is ideal for a romantic getaway. For an authentic western Colorado experience, consider a dude ranch on the outskirts.
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