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Museum of Discovery and Science

401 South West Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
954-467-6637
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Movie Theaters
Activities: Leisure education
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: There is always something new happening at the Museum of Discovery and Science. Spend a day of discovery exploring hundreds of interactive exhibits... more » Owner description: There is always something new happening at the Museum of Discovery and Science. Spend a day of discovery exploring hundreds of interactive exhibits including the new EcoDiscovery Center. Visitors can take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure, experience hurricane force winds in the Storm Center, dig for fossils alongside a giant prehistoric megalodon, get close to a confrontation between a saber-toothed cat and an Imperial mammoth, and enjoy the playful antics of North American river otters in their two-story indoor/outdoor habitat. See exciting science demonstrations, and presentations by community experts. Discover the amazing Everglades in the Florida EcoScapes exhibit. Hang out with bats, turtles and sharks. Meet an alligator and be charmed by a 6-foot-long snake. Take a ride to Mars or soar through the skies in an FA-18 cockpit simulator. And immerse yourself in a five-story-high film adventure at the AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater, home of the BIGGEST screen in South Florida. Whether you’re two or 82 visit the Museum of Discovery and Science and enjoy a full day of family fun. « less
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Great museum and attractions. Up to date and clean. Our 5 yr old son loved the megaladon, the airboat ride and the plane simulators. They also have otters, alligators and a sea turtle. There is a subway and auntie Anne's so you don't have to plan lunch. Plan about 4 hours to get through. It is all indoors so bring... More

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This is a perfect museum for all ages. They had a fair share of aquatic animals and a ton of scientific displays - everything from fossils to aviation to the human body. I highly recommend this if visiting the Fort Lauderdale area - especially with kids!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

The museum is small, tailored to kids, very loud and takes about 80 minutes to see everything. Half of the facility is closed for renovations including the IMAX untill late October. Some of the wildlife, although cute, is old and sick looking. Unless you have kids, I would strongly recommend visiting another attraction.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Great Museum for children. A lot of inter-activate displays and natural displays depicting Florida and its natural beauty.

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Woodbine, Maryland
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7 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We spent about three hours at the museum and the time flew by. When you walk in, you're greeted by an airy and spacious open area with several exhibit entrances in view. There are exhibits on the natural environment, the Florida water system, a simulated Everglades ride, several aquariums with different species of fish and terrariums with various snakes and... More

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Jupiter
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We visited the museum on a Sunday afternoon in an effort to beat SoFlo's July heat. Our 5 year old son really liked this place. His favorites were the planes and a ball launcher (which he still talks about). There were many fun hands-on things to do here and was worth the trip from Palm Beach.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

this is always a good saturday outing (or sunday, they are open later). they are so many exhibits to see and have fun with. i recommend getting the combo pass with the imax movie; they are always really cool.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

3 generations all enjoyed the exhibits on the first floor. Unfortunately, we hadn't know closing time and did not have enough time to spend on the second floor. What we saw was worth a trip back.

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New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This museum offered an overview of the ecosystem in Florida as well as provided exhibits with local wildlife. This museum is nice for young children and provides an interactive educational experience. I did feel the price was a bit high for what was offered.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Such a great museum for the kids with something for every little scientist. Downstairs, there is a special section for smaller children so they don't get run over by the bigger kids. There is also a section about local marine life. Upstairs is full of hand-on science experiements including aviation simulators. If your child doesn't have much of an interest... More

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