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Address: 31 Memorial Pkwy Southwest, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Phone Number: +1 850-664-1261
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Thu 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: The Emerald Coast Science Center is a hands-on museum for families located...
The Emerald Coast Science Center is a hands-on museum for families located behind the baseball field at Seabreeze Park.
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Vacation Learning Experience for the Kiddos in Fort Walton Beach

My kids love to travel. It’s a good thing, because my wife and I have the travel bug and love new experiences. My girls also like new learning experiences and we try to include at... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
Bryan_Carey
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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219 reviews 219 reviews
98 attraction reviews
244 helpful votes 244 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

My kids love to travel. It’s a good thing, because my wife and I have the travel bug and love new experiences. My girls also like new learning experiences and we try to include at least one on every travel adventure. This desire to combine travel and education led us to visit the Emerald Coast Science Center in Fort Walton... More 

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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

My daughter and I visited during during "Heart Day" and had a great time with the activities and exploring the exhibits. I came back the other day to check out the new robotics exhibit. It's almost finished being installed and I got a chance to talk to the engineer who designed it. My favorite exibit was the magnet wheel in... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We visited with 3 grandchildren, aged 5, 7 and 9. Their parents came along too. Not a big place, it is housed in a one storey former elementary school in a residential area. Displays and exhibits are located in former classrooms, cafeteria and gym spaces. We began in a classroom sized area devoted to natural sciences of northwestern Florida -... More 

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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I had bought a Groupon family year pass for something to do with our kids (5,7,11). I bought it for the same price as a one day family pass. We decided to drive there, we followed the city signs to the building only to learn it had moved. Groupon had the right address, we just followed the city signs and... More 

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gbayou, General Manager at Emerald Coast Science Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. You are correct in the "under construction" look. The robotics exhibits are currently being installed by the manufacturer. We allowed people into the room to have a preview of things to come. We have a total of nine when everything is finished. We moved into this location... More 

Crestview, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Took our 7-year old down here on a rainy day. He loved it....he loved flying the airplane and seeing all the other activities that were provided... neat place:)

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Fort Walton Beach FL
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62 reviews 62 reviews
7 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I hate to not give a stellar rating to a place that's trying so hard to be great, but for 2 adults and 2 children, I paid $27 for about 45 minutes of trying real hard to enjoy it. A 5 and 7 year old really are too young to enjoy it and the adults are just there for them.... More 

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gbayou, General Manager at Emerald Coast Science Center, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. You visited us about 2 weeks after we had moved into this location. At that point, we were happy to just have everything under one roof. It has been almost 4 months and the dust hasn't settled yet. We have a brand new robotics exhibit under installation now (it was supposed to be in when we... More 

Fort Walton Beach, Florida, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I went with a group of adults(brain injured adults and their caregivers)and we really enjoyed it....esp.the live animal presentation and hands-on exhibits...our group also liked the bubble display area, making huge bubbles...like kids! Lol

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We took our children 8,8 & 1. We had reciprocal membership from our STL science center, but apparently you can find coupons. It was pretty small and unimpressive to look at. If you're expecting an expensive place with a large multimillion dollar operating budget you will be disappointed. That being said, I was surprised by what all they did have.... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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53 reviews 53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The Emerald Coast Science Center (ECSC) is a nice place for young children to visit. In the current building the place is a bit run down. The building is owned by the city of Fort Walton Beach and very little upkeep has been done. Admission price is still low, compared to other attractions in the area. If you are a... More 

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Claremore, Oklahoma
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The exhibits were a bit dated but they all worked. Keep in mind that this is a smaller local facility. As long as you are mindful of this, you won't be disappointed. The kids seemed to enjoy it just fine and there was a public park just next to the building that extended our fun.

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