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If you’re looking for an educational experience during your stay in Orlando, a visit to the Orlando Science Center is just the ticket! Your family will enjoy the many exhibits, the planetarium, and the programs. If you plan to become a frequent visitor, purchasing an annual membership will allow you unlimited admission to the exhibits, the Cinedome and planetarium shows, free parking plus four guest exhibit passes. The Orlando Science Center offers reciprocal privileges to more than 280 science centers worldwide. If you are already a member of your local science center, chances are that OSC is a reciprocating member and you will be given free admission.
The following are on permanent exhibit at the Science Center:
Body Zone will teach you about your digestive system and how your body benefits from the foods you eat. You can put a skeleton together and also find out how your brain works!
Healthy Living will show you how bad habits such as smoking affect your body. There are several interactive kiosks that teach about fitness and nutrition. You can also take a few laps on the Oxygen Cycle or try the Twelve Steps to Healthy Blood Pressure!
Dr. Dare’s Laboratory allows you and your children to do experiments guided by computer displays and with the help of an instructor.
NatureWorks is a 7000 square-foot exhibit presenting Florida's diverse ecosystems. It is the home of the Trading Center where you can trade objects you have collected from nature.
Kids Town is an exhibit for kids less than 4 feet tall (parents are allowed to accompany them). For stimulating fun and activity, there's nothing like life in a small town.
DinoDigs is part of a long-standing commitment on the part of Walt Disney World Co to the Orlando Science Center and it's focus on making education fun. Disney's Animal Kingdom has donated an assortment of dinosaur fossils and replicas. Eight full dinosaurs and 12 other pieces are on display.
Crosby Observatory sits on top of the building. Here is housed Florida's largest publicly accessible refractor telescope. On Friday and Saturday nights from 6 pm to 9 pm, the observatory is open for Sky Watch. View the planets, the four moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulas and double stars.
Dr. Phillips CineDome is the world's largest domed theater and Digistar II planetarium with 28, 000 watts of digital sound. Features and show times vary, so check the current schedule online or by calling the museum.
Orlando Science Center is located at 777 East Princeton Street in Orlando. Hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday from 10 to 6, and Friday and Saturday from 10 to 11.
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