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601 1st St, Ithaca, NY
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Ranked #10 of 18 Attractions in Ithaca
Type: Science Museums, Museums
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Owner description: 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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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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
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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8 reviews 8 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
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Corning, New York
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69 reviews 69 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I've been here a couple times and the kids absolutely love it. They have all sorts of science exhibits that you can get your hands on. It's at the northern end of Ithaca, so you could go north to Taughannock Falls or south to Buttermilk Falls or Truman Park and have a nice family day. Beware that driving in Ithaca... More

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Conklin, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We have visited this museum dozens of times and it never gets old. My children have spent entire days roaming the museum. They especially like using the outdoor section in nice weather.

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New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Visited with visiting family. Any kid would love this place with interesting & exciting things to look at & experiment or simply play with. Inventions, science, technology, physics & all what intrigues children including a play area. Exciting day for kids & worth what you pay for

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Ithaca, New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The Sciencenter is a unique museum designed to encourage interactive play and learning . From the ocean touch tank to the musical steps , this is a great choice for a rainy day. There is a wonderful outdoor activity area safely enclosed so that children are free to run and explore. While there is a small fee for children over... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised how nice the museum is. It is so well organized with so much learning opportunities. Kids 9, 8, and 5 did not want to leave. Worth checking it out.

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Ontario, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

A stop on our Finger Lakes road trip that proved to be an awesome choice. Spent almost 5 hrs here as my 4 yr old and 7 yr old didn't want to leave!! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it too! At first glance it doesn't look like a lot, but you will want to spend a lot of time... More

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