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If you are looking to spend a few hours doing something a little bit different, then you may want to consider a visit to Wonderworks which can be found along I-Drive and is easily spotted due to the fact that it is the only large upside-down building around.
Inside you will find many different experiences, many of which trick your senses by using the way that your brain works, and none more so than when you first enter and pass through the ‘inversion tunnel’ which may just be a walkway with spinning walls, but it really does get you staggering all over the place.
Once inside there is plenty to see and do starting off with a hurricane experience where you put on some goggles and step into a wind machine which gives you a taste of what it’s like to be outside when a hurricane passes over. Even with wind at 60mph it is pretty wild although winds can get much faster in the real thing.
There are some very good virtual reality arcade style games where you are in the heat of a battle with enemies coming at you from all sides. You can literally turn through 360 degrees on this as you shoot and fire missiles to take out enemy troops and clear the levels – great fun for young and old.
You will also find a strange experience on this floor where you stare at a swirling image for a while and then look at a picture of some clouds, the once still clouds now shimmer and move – very weird!
There is a similar mix of activities throughout Wonderworks with some of the best experiences being things like the F16 fighter jet simulation. This uses Microsoft’s popular Flight Simulator program, but the addition of several screens around you showing different views makes it a thrilling and involving ride. Similarly you also have the opportunity to land the Space Shuttle, it’s nerve wracking stuff but very good fun – don’t worry if you crash as it gives you a second attempt (not something that the real pilots get!)
If you have a strong enough stomach then you can use a computer to build your own roller-coaster which you then get to ride – this is great to do but a word of advice would be not to build it with too many scary bits unless you are sure that you can cope with riding it.
There are many other more sedate things to do which are interesting, challenging and even educational – try to guide a ball along a track when everything is back to front or see how your brain adapts when you look through a prism which shifts everything you see to one side.
We found that if you visit early in the day then it is fairly easy to get onto the most popular features, however having been there for a few hours it was getting very busy around lunchtime.
This is definitely a fun way to spend a few hours doing some out of the ordinary things.
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Page added on: 29 October 2006
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