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Orlando Science Center – Exhibition Halls
Centrally placed at 777 East Princeton Street just north of downtown Orlando, the Science Center’s vast exhibition halls provide a dazzling selection of interactive and hands-on experiences for all ages.
At the time of our visit TechWorks provided an insight into the planet’s physical science where the visitor is able to experience winds in excess of one hundred miles an hour in the hurricane simulator, and view the earth and its weather patterns from an astronaut’s perspective from a six-foot floating sphere.
Additionally there are a large number of hands-on experiments to try out in Dr Dare’s Laboratory.
DinoDigs looks back at the Jurassic age when dinosaurs ruled the world. At this exhibit discover fossils and examine the skeletal form of a Triceratops or Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Here you will also have the opportunity to discover minute organisms through the Center’s electron microscope.
For the younger visitor Kids Town introduces some basics science concepts in the fun setting. Little ones, up to the age of seven, will be able to discover what’s under a city street, pick and sort oranges, build a dam at the water table and prepare for a shuttle launch in the model orbiter.
Our particular favourite was NatureWorks, which recreates six separate Florida habitats each with their own specific plant and animal life. It’s an opportunity to get up close and personal with the Orlando Science Center’s own resident turtles and alligators.
Live alligators can be seen in a typical cypress swamp setting, and the sea turtles show how their nests are made in the sand. Discover also the fragile ecosystem of a coral reef, the animal and plant life of pine flatwoods and the root systems in a mangrove swamp.
At the Beehive Encounter visitors can watch how bees build their hive and gather nectar from plants.
The Xperience Factory offers a number of live shows, which aid learning in a fun way. Join two intrepid scientists as they get to grips with chemical reactions and the changing states of matter, or be entertained with The Case of the Mysterious Miss Squito, a murder mystery with bugs and insects in the starring roles.
The exhibition halls at the Orlando Science Center really do provide an ultimate learning experience in a modern purpose-built facility. It is well worth visiting, perhaps on a cloudy day, and in our opinion it can offer just as much fun as a theme park, for a fraction of the cost.
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