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Sciencenter

601 1st St, Ithaca, NY
607-272-0600
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Ranked #10 of 18 attractions in Ithaca
Type: Science Museums
Owner description: The Sciencenter inspires excitement for science through interactive exhibits and programs that engage, educate and empower. The hands-on museum offers... more » 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. « less
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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 NEW

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

What to do when it rains on your vacation and you are going crazy I'm your rental house? Take the kids to the Ithaca Sciencenter. An educational and fun way to spend a few hours. My three year old loved the sand box and the water exhibits. My 8 year old had fun reading all the exhibits. I wish we... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I loved this place. Unfortunately our time was limited; we could have spent hours here. I've taken my kids to lots of children's museums with the hands-on science stuff, but the Sciencenter in Ithaca is a huge step above. It had activities that I had never seen before. And the gift shop is filled with really cool brainy games. I... More

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We stop in for a visit every time we come to town. The first time was when my 17-year-old was probably 3. There's always something new and interesting and it's great for older kids as well as younger. Great indoor activities but the outdoor playground/learning center is also a lot of fun. So much hands on and activities to inspire.... More

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Ithaca, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

So much to see and do! Hands-on, brains-on, fun-on place. Great for ages 1.5-10, but ideal for the 3-7 crowd.

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Dedham, Massachusetts
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40 reviews 40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Simple little place from outside....LOTS inside....great for "tweens" and adults as well....Time flew in there with a lot of stuff to see, watch, and do!!

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Ithaca, New York, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

So much to do from toddlers to older kids. Indoor and outdoor activities keep the kids busy for quite awhile!

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GRAND ISLAND
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Hate to say this, after a previous favorable notice, but this place has slipped, seriously... many, many exhibits were not working, especially the rube-goldbergish balldrop, always a favorite, and while this can happen, anywhere, staff seemed singularly disinterested in making things write with little interest or knowledge in the procedures... truly, truly disappointing

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Sciencenter, Public Relations Manager at Sciencenter, responded to this review

The guest experience is a top priority of the Sciencenter. We welcome feedback on your experience through our comment boxes on-site, to our staff in the museum, and via phone or email. We'd like to learn more about your last visit and your concerns, and would appreciate if you emailed us at info@sciencenter.org. More

Cortland, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

What a *great* place to take the family. Outdoor activities, quiet activities, learning activities, exhibits that change regularly, crafts, a 4-and-younger space, an eating area, bring-your-own food welcomed, etc. This is a favorite when our nieces are in town, and we make regular use of our family membership with our sons.

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Ithaca, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Great place to take the kids. There are lots of hands on activities for all ages. They even have a toddler water table and play area. Birthday parties are worth every penny. The outdoor play area is so amazing and the kids love it. You can bring your own lunch and eat in the big eating room. They offer summer... More

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