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INFINITY Science Center Reviews
I took a jaunt out here from New Orleans. Having lived in Florida, I wasn't expecting it to come close to KSC, but I was curious. The bus tour is the highlight of the center. The driver was super know... more »
A very basic museum, with a limited collection of interesting space hardware and memorabilia. On the other hand the "nature & environment" exhibits are fair enough and particularly funny for the child... more »
Wasn't sure what to expect but this was really interesting and the bus tour is a must make sure you put your name down when you get there learned about the engine testing and the work they did for the... more »
Went with a class 1st grade field trip. It was real clean and had nice centers. I'm only giving it 4 stars because there was no one at the stations (except ones that charged an extra fee of 5 dollars.) The teacher, her assistant and I were at our own when trying to figure out what was what. I feel perhaps they were short on volunteers or staff to have the capacity to man each station and educate the classes on what each one was about.
For the most part I really enjoyed bringing my family here. It is a fun day, with a good amount of stuff for the kids to do. My only complaints were that the prices on the website didn't line up with the prices at the desk. The second issue is that when you pay admission, it would be nice if you weren't charged for attractions inside as well.
We took a 5 year old boy and it was underwhelming. There are two tour tracks but they each start at the same time so you have to make a decision which one to do. We chose the bus tour and stood in line for a half hour not knowing if we'd get on the bus tour which seemed ridiculous since there is a finite number of seats. The people in line in front of us were placeholders for their family members. As the start time approached, their family members joined them and we were pushed further back in line and didn't get on the tour so that was 30 minutes wasted that we could have done other things in an interactive museum. After we couldn't get on the bus tour, we went on the Possum Walk Trail tour and road on a tram of sorts through the woods while we listened to the tour guide tell us about what types of trees and animals were in the woods along with a bit of history of the land. This was a waste of time on a science outing and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone in the Mississippi heat. The exhibits were very basic and sparse throughout the two levels. The gift store and cafe took up a lot of space on the main level. It was very frustrating that a science center couldn't figure out a basic system of assigning 56 seats to people on a first come, first serve basis so you didn't have to wait in line for thirty minutes. Especially for those of us who waited and didn't get on. Why not have people receive a numbered ticket for the bus and then tell them to report to the loading area fifteen minutes prior to the start time? No waiting necessary for that and you could get your ticket when you pay so that would alleviate the need for a second line. The price of admission, for what we received, was high. We did watch the "movie" in the blow up planetarium and found out information about the international space center that we didn't know. That was cool. The 5-year old enjoyed laying on his back on the bean bags and watching it in the "sky."
I was interested in this science center from the highway and with a large space shuttle next to it, it's hard to miss. Honestly this was a disappointment though because of the high price for not much content. It costs $15 per adult to get in. Theres 2 floors, the first floor has a cafe, gift store, small rides that cost money and several other very spread out activities (that weren't terribly interesting, maybe only to a 5-9 yr old). Some of the activities being a very large Jenga game and a big screen with interactive touch screens to show how hurricanes form and take path. It seemed like most of the first floor was closed off (sections for field trips/schools or renovations). Upstairs is more of a museum type thing, very spread out still (so there's not a lot of content) but had a lot of information/blurbs and collected items from inside space shuttles and "what life would be like in space" or when they were preparing to go to space. The coolest thing to me upstairs was the heat detector video feed, you could stand in front of it and see yourself in all different colors. There were tours (taken by bus) included in admission that went to a location for NASA that we didn't end up going on since the line became fairly long and they were once an hour (which was more than enough time for seeing everything in the museum). The tours may have made the admission almost worth it (still surprised that this would be over $10/person). If you plan on coming here, I would look into the schedule for the tours and try to plan accordingly. Outside is a free very small nature board walk type thing (it was very hot in the sun). You can also take pictures with the space shuttle next to the building for free, so if you plan a quick stop by that may be cool. Overall it was overpriced and I was disappointed because it looks a lot cooler from the outside than what's actually inside of it.
Very neat place for kids. I wish they had just one admission fee and make the special attractions free. I just felt like I was being nickle and dime'd. The displays were very informative but most of the meaning of them could be lost on young children.
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