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Orlando Science Center

Orlando, FL
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Orlando Science Center, Orlando FL

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The Orlando Science Center is in a gorgeous modern building with huge windows letting in natural sunlight. There are several floors centered around a huge tree and clear pond in the middle of the building, where real turtles and alligators swim below. On each floor are different themed rooms filled with amazing hands-on activities to delight your kids. One of the most fun is a derby race track that slants down- little toddlers keep running back up the stairs with their cars to watch them slide down over and over. There is a very cool magnetic wall where you can arrange PVC pipes in patterns and then let a ball roll down your creation. A sound wave is explained through the use of tiny foam balls that bounce up into wave patterns that show how high or low the note you're playing is. There is a PVC pipe and paddle bat musical instrument like the Blue Man Group uses, and there's a tall tunnel you can sing into and hear the effect of echoes. The Dora exhibit is bright and fun for kids, even as old as seven!
On the bottom floor there are some marine exhibits, an exhibit where you can run as if under the street in the lit-up sewer, a citrus farm exhibit that is a blast for kids as they move the oranges from gadget to gadget, an area to climb in trains and planes, and best of all, a water play area where you can direct your boats in a race over a waterfall or down controlled lanes of flowing water. You feel as if you're outside here, under a tree and in the sunlight coming in the window, which makes it a great place to come on a very windy or rainy day where you won't feel claustrophic or stuck inside.
On the second floor near the railing is an amazing amethyst-filled geode as tall as your kids. There is also a clear statue of a woman- you can press on buttons labelled with organs and that organ will light up.
A highlight of the day is the cinedome theater, included in your admission, where you can watch a 45 minute documentary on a huge dome over your head. The one we saw was on space debris and entertained our 5 year old as much as our 14 year old. The whales movie is lovely as well.
The Science Center is in a lovely wooded park called Loch Haven Park with other museums, such as the Orlando Museum of Art and the Mennello Museum of American Art (which was closed when I arrived during regular open hours).
After your visit, drive 9 minutes to Park Ave (like Europe in Florida) to get something to eat.
A decent spot very nearby is Ivanhoe Village where you can eat outdoors at a Greek cafe and then stroll along by the lake.
Nearby is Harry P. Leu Gardens, with large oak trees draped in Spanish moss beside a large lake.

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Walkway from the parking to the science center.
Walkway from the parking to the science center.
A girl makes a PVC tunnel for a ball to roll down.
A girl makes a PVC tunnel for a ball to roll down.
Life-size chess board.
Life-size chess board.
Press a button to play a pitch and watch the different shape of the sound waves for each pitch.
Press a button to play a pitch and watch the different shape of the sound waves for each pitch.
So much to explore!!
So much to explore!!
Pinewood derby- climb up and watch your car race down!
Pinewood derby- climb up and watch your car race down!
Little boys could play all day at this Pinewood Derby exhibit!
Little boys could play all day at this Pinewood Derby exhibit!
Toddlers love to climb on planes and trains.
Toddlers love to climb on planes and trains.
The tree in the middle of the building. It's fun to walk down the stairs around it.
The tree in the middle of the building. It's fun to walk down the stairs around it.
See the clear sculpture of the woman in the background- you can press buttons to light up her organs.
See the clear sculpture of the woman in the background- you can press buttons to light up her organs.
Geode filled with amethyst crystals.
Geode filled with amethyst crystals.
Boy and father looking at the turtles and alligators in the pond.
Boy and father looking at the turtles and alligators in the pond.
These guys look so adorable- who would know they grow to be so scary?
These guys look so adorable- who would know they grow to be so scary?
Turtles and alligators battling each other for the one little bit of sun on a log in the pond.
Turtles and alligators battling each other for the one little bit of sun on a log in the pond.
A child picks an orange in the citrus farm area.
A child picks an orange in the citrus farm area.
Rock climbing wall that's easy for little kids in the Dora area.
Rock climbing wall that's easy for little kids in the Dora area.
Ahoy, Matey! Boat in the Dora area, that kids can manipulate.
Ahoy, Matey! Boat in the Dora area, that kids can manipulate.
Diego's jungle section in the Dora area, where kids can hang upside down and rock climb.
Diego's jungle section in the Dora area, where kids can hang upside down and rock climb.
House in the popular Dora area.
House in the popular Dora area.
Kids never run out of fun things to do in the Dora area.
Kids never run out of fun things to do in the Dora area.
 

Directions

Orlando Science Center is located at 777 Princeton St, Orlando Fl 32803, call (407) 514-2000.
From Highway 4, take exit 85 for Princeton St and head east on Princeton St for 0.7 miles. Follow the signs to the Science Center Parking. A covered pedestrian bridge leads from the parking lot to the Science Center, which is handy if it's raining.
Admission, which includes IMAX movie, is $19 for adults, $17 for seniors and students, and $13 for kids aged 3-11.
Open Thurs-Tues 10-5. Closed Wednesdays. Also closed Easter, Thanksgiving (fourth Thurs in Nov), Dec 24 and Dec 25. Observatory open first and third Sat 5-9pm.

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Last Updated Fri, 20 Nov 2015 15:21:23 GMT