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Discovery Place

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Neighborhood: Fourth Ward
Children's museums, Museums
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Address: 301 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone Number: 704-372-6261
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Step inside an amazing world of science and spend a day at Discovery...
Step inside an amazing world of science and spend a day at Discovery Place, one of Charlotte’s most popular attractions. Featuring hands-on fun for everyone, guests can walk the rainforest, enjoy jaw-dropping experiments or wonder at the underwater world in the new aquarium. Become immersed in larger-than-life IMAX adventures or the eye-popping 3D Theatre where science and nature spring to life. Plus, experience daily programming that stimulates the senses and imagination. It’s scientifically proven fun!
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Back to School

The place is absolutely great, very sharp and clean. I felt like I was back in elementary school with the excitement of going on a field trip!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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DuBois, Pennsylvania
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DuBois, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

The place is absolutely great, very sharp and clean. I felt like I was back in elementary school with the excitement of going on a field trip!

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Waxhaw, North Carolina, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This little grab and go eating spot has such great selections. I had a roast beef sandwich that was fresh, and tasty. They keep it stocked well and clean. Friendly staff. It gets busy. but it's a good place for a quick lunch while at Discovery Place.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Road trip for granddaughters (ages 13 and 10) with grandparents. Girls loved all the interactive fun. Learning value varies from exhibit to exhibit but that's good. It's less dreary than looking like school dressed up to be trendy. Lots of learning and fun. It is large enough to keep interest without being so large as to be overwhelming or tiring... More 

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Wyckoff, New Jersey
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44 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Definitely not the best I've seen but it entertained the kids. We enjoyed the movie in the dome. Kids enjoyed the building blocks and playing at 'how to make a shelter area'. Illusions exhibition was much more enjoyed than kids 4 & 6. The Frogs exhibit was also very nice. Was a stop over visit in Charlotte, so it was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

My husband and I took our 4 children (2 are 6 and 2 are 12) yesterday and had a blast, the kids loved the activities the movies were awesome esp the dome theater! The only thing that was irritating was kids were very inconsiderate and tried cutting in line ALOT, but that is bad parenting not the museum's fault! If... More 

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Matthews, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Really cool displays, very informative and fun! Don't miss the unique IMAX theatre. Watched the movie about galaxies there, incredible!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Our granddaughters ALWAYS ask to go here whenever they are visiting from out-of-state. It's hands-on fun and learning, and we always spend several hours there. The girls' favorites are the bed of nails (for their PopPop) and the vacuum tubes that suck up torn newspaper and then shower it down all over them. They always enjoy the shore aquarium, where... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you have young kids and weather is cold, go to Discovery place. You could spend all day there and came back again and again. Many things to to. Plenty places to play and see. Became a member and you could hide from the summer heat as well. Best place for adults with a kids in Charlotte. If you have... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

This is a great family outing but give yourself enough time to experience everything. Staff is friendly and helpful. There are many school groups that go to Discovery Place so it can get rather crowded. I think you can call ahead to see if there will be groups there in the day of your visit.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

I was in make sure that if you're taking several children that you have enough adults to supervise him well they Roman explore and have fun at their own pace well worth the time and money spent

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