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When my boys were young, their absolute favourite outing was to a science museum and there is a cracking one in Orlando.
The history of this museum dates back to 1955 when a group of like minded locals created a travelling exhibit that they took round to schools and public places.
2 years later they were offered a permanent home at Loch Haven Park and in 1960 they added the observatory. Coming up to present day, the museum now covers 297, 000 square feet and attracts an impressive 400000 visitors a year.
There are lots of hands on exhibits here that will engage the most reluctant child. Also the exhibits include some touring items that means that there is always something new to see.
Kidstown has been created with the younger child in mind and will hold their interest for a good long time. Nature world gets you intimate with reptiles and Dino Digs is exactly what it says, an encounter with those creatures from pre historic times.
Science Park explains how magnetism, lasers and sound waves work in a graphic and accesible way.
There are regular theatre shows and as I write they are showing an awesome film on The Amazon, a presentation about sharks and also films that feature dolphins and sea monsters. They show occasional films on Orlando at night.
They often have special events here and that could be a nature special, a cooking lesson (well that is science as well) or a workshop.
Opening hours are 10 a. m. every day except for wednesday. The admission is $17 per adult and $12 per child. O. A. P. s have a concessionary rate at $16. Children under 2 years of age are free of charge.
Entrance includes touring exhibitions, 4 floors of interactive exhibits, The Planetarium, live science programmes and entrance to the theatre.
If you just wish to visit The Planetarium then you can. Planetarium only entrance is $7 per person with no concessions except under twos are again free of charge.
There is a cafe here to get a snack and a break and of course a shop to buy a souvenir of your visit to take home and hopefully engage them in the amazing world of science some more.
Orlando Science Museum
7773 Princetown St
Tel. 407 514 2000
I would allow most of a day for this visit and is it is your second (or more) visit to Orlando then you are probably open to some different experiences to the (wonderful) parks!
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