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Address: 601 1st St, Ithaca, NY
Phone Number: 607-272-0600
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The Sciencenter inspires excitement for science through interactive...
The Sciencenter inspires excitement for science through interactive exhibits and programs that engage, educate and empower. The hands-on museum offers visitors of all ages more than 250 exhibits, educational programs, a gift shop, an outdoor science park and a seasonal miniature golf course. Look, touch, listen & discover at the Sciencenter.
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Great place for kids of all ages

The ScienceCenter is always a great time for kids. Everything is hands on, and kids of all ages can have fun. There is an infant and toddler play area as well. The downstairs... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 9, 2015
amarielle
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Cooperstown, NY
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Cooperstown, NY
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The ScienceCenter is always a great time for kids. Everything is hands on, and kids of all ages can have fun. There is an infant and toddler play area as well. The downstairs had fun, permanent exhibits that allow kids to experiment with water, air, pressure, and motion. Upstairs, the exhibits change--this time my kids enjoyed exploring the solar system,... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

My husband and I went on one of our first dates to the Sciencenter and enjoyed exploring the hands-on exhibits just as much as our niece and nephew, who have gone on several trips with us since then.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We had a very nice day at the Science Center. They had lots of interactive games for children of all ages. Also a nice mix of science, health, outer space, and building. It will be nice to come back in the summer time play in the gigantic outdoor treehouse.

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New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We took our grandchildren, ages 4 & 20 months to the Science Center and we had a grand time! The staff were very friendly and helpful. I felt the fee to get in was very reasonable. The hands on exhibits are awesome and the lay out is terrific, there was lots of room to roam around and lots of room... More 

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Dryden, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We recently moved to the Ithaca area and had friends in to visit this weekend. After debating a variety of options, we decided on the Sciencecenter and are so glad we did. Not only did our friends kids enjoy themselves but we, the four adults did as well! We have a 3 month old and I'm sure we will bring... More 

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Alexandria
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

my grandson loves playing in the water. There are activities for kids of all ages, a special play area for those under 5, a great store, and lots of special events. If you're local and have kids, it's well worth membership price. A great outdoor area in the summer makes science fun.

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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We visited the Sciencenter yesterday with our 7 and 4 year olds. I'm not sure who had more fun us or them! The facility is not huge, but it's packed with great interactive exhibits. The fee to enter was reasonable (actually, surprising inexpensive). Unlike better known and larger facilities the exhibits all worked, were well conceived and accessible. The kids... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This is a very small venue so only a few hours is required. Lots of interactive activities but more for the smaller kids. There is a playground outside which was fun for my son to play around.

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Lake View, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Hands on learning is the best way to learn. Each 'exhibit' has a placard with information, and you are encouraged to experiment to your heart's content (or at least until your companion(s) tell you its time to move on)! Admission is all-day, so you can leave and come back. Just outside is the 'final' station of the Planet Walk, Pluto.... More 

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Trumansburg, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

A damp and rainy afternoon with a 4 year old and a two year old...what to do? Visit the Sciencenter. We did and what fun we all had. Kids love water and they have water, build a damn or two, enjoy static electricity, a rope chair lift up a rainforest tree, see and touch some real sea creatures, watch what... More 

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