Catawba Science Center, Hickory

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#3 of 7 in Things to do in Hickory
Nonprofit science and technology museum featuring freshwater and saltwater aquarium exhibits and a digital planetarium. Traveling exhibits rotate throughout the year.
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  • Lots to do, lots to learn and amazing exhibits to see. Took my 3 year old, and she had so much fun with so much to do. Could spend hours there with all the different rooms. Very inexpensive as well. v...  more »
  • Great place to keep your grandkids occupied on cool rainy day. Really enjoyed the hands on activities  more »
  • I gave 4 stars because a lot of exhibits were broken or had broken pieces. It was a very neat museum and worth at least one visit. You can tell there was thoughtful consideration while putting the mus...  more »
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  • I just love taking my kids here! Wonderful place. I have been coming here since I was little.
  • Wonderful place to visit, includes exhibits of various animals, special limited time exhibits of space or other topics, has separate building with incredible aquatic life displays including touch tanks. Very affordable. My family looks forward to going twice a year.
  • The museum is split up between a couple different buildings, which was a little confusing a first. The most fun exhibit for us was the aquarium, where you can pet skates and sharks and pick up horsehoe crabs.
  • Was there with 2 teenagers, and they had a blast!
  • We've been taking our toddler here for a while now. The staff is always beyond helpful and the environment kept family- friendly. They have special exhibits that switch out from time to time and so there's always something new to experience. My little one loves the aquarium section the most, especially the touch pond with sharks and rays. The planetarium shows also switch out from time to time- for the most part the shows have been a little too advanced for my 4 year old but are a unique learning experience for older kids. We recently joined CSCs membership program which includes free visits for the family (worth the cost right there), discounts, and tickets/special nights for other events in the community (i.e. Crawdads baseball). We have also been attending CSCs summer programs- week long classes with flexible scheduling (we go just M-F 10a-12p) and my little one won't stop talking about all the new things she has learned in classes such as Underwater Explorer or Little Dinos. If you're new to the area or even been around for a while and have kids of any age, I would 110% recommend a visit here.

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