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Saint Louis Science Center, Saint Louis

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Science Museum Museum
Displaying more than 750 exhibits, Saint Louis Science Center represents one of the most extensive centers of its kind in the nation. The complex contains different themed sections, including space exploration, dinosaur dioramas, and the exhibition hall known as the Exploradome. Try your hand with a radar gun to measure the speed and traffic patterns of passing cars. Or stop by the full-size planetarium, where you can watch a star show projected onto the building's 24 m (80 ft) dome. Admission to the center (including more than 10 exhibit spaces) is free. You'll pay for parking and special shows like IMAX films, planetarium shows, and flight simulators, for example. Check the online schedule for information on the frequent temporary exhibitions, activities, and shows hosted on-site. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Saint Louis Science Center by using our Saint Louis itinerary builder.
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  • The science center is a great place to spend the day, and it's free! Our kids spent hours wandering around the various exhibits, and we also enjoyed the King Tut exhibit (you must purchase a special t...  more »
  • I like all the hands on stuff for kids. The I-Max movies are awesome. I loved the King Tut exhibit even though it was an extra cost.  more »
  • On our family vacation from Miami to St. Louis, we decided to make a pit stop at this science museum---especially after learning that it was free to get in! While you do have to pay for certain exhibi...  more »
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  • It is free which is really good. However I feel like a lot of the exhibits are fairly dated. It was still a lot of fun, but I think you could do it all in just a couple hours. That being said there are cool additional things you can do like the planetarium, there is usually a exhibit when I went there was King Tut, and the dinosaur section is always really nice as well. Overall it is great to make a day out of Forest Park in general going first to the zoo and then to the Science Center. You can do the whole thing on the cheap which makes this an incredible bargain and your kids will love it.
  • Enjoyed the excellent space exploration exhibits. Went straight to the King Tut exhibition. It was a breathtaking experience. The commentaries were great. Though the exhibits were clearly mentioned as copies, it was difficult to believe. Every exhibit deserved a close observation. Plan to spend over 3 hours, if you really want to enjoy this exhibition and following the history.
  • The Science Center has a lot of heart, and there are clearly lots of fun and educational activities here for the 10 and under crowd, but it is in need of a thorough clean-up/update. Many of the displays are badly worn and/or very dirty. I strongly recommend going at an off-peak time; it is impossible to enjoy anything when there are a lot of people running around.
  • An amazing and fun place to go. We went when King Tut exhibit was there and it was so interesting and fun the kids absolutely loved it. Definitely a must visit when your in St Louis!
  • The Science Center has always been a fun and educational place to take your kids. But you never know, you may just learn something yourself as an adult! I've been going there for years and learn something new every time I step foot into the building. And I love how the place is set up!

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Saint Louis is famous for its relatively low cost of living, so you can often find affordable rooms even in its most expensive hotels. The sprawling metropolitan region boasts nearly 40,000 hotel rooms, 8,000 of them in downtown. In this area, you can choose from a range of full-service hotels offering all the comforts of home within walking distance of the city's major attractions. If all you need is a decent bed, consider an inn near the airport.
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