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Catawba Science Center

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Address: 243 3rd Avenue NE, PO Box 2431, Hickory, NC 28603
Phone Number: (828) 322-8169
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Great place to spend a couple hours!

We love the Catawba Science Center! On the 3rd Friday of the month, admission is free but because of this, it's also very crowded. My son (almost 5 years old) loved it as much as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We love the Catawba Science Center! On the 3rd Friday of the month, admission is free but because of this, it's also very crowded. My son (almost 5 years old) loved it as much as Discovery Place and Discovery Place Kids and the cost was much better compared to them as well. Free parking directly in front of building. Friendly... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 via mobile

This science center is easily better than Discovery Place Charlotte (where we are members). My kids (ages 2 and 5) could have spent the entire day there (and had to be dragged away after 3 hours). The stingray exhibit is super interactive. I know of aquariums that charge $15 for that alone. LOTS of bang for your buck here!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Sure, there are bigger, more modern, and simply more diverse science centers around, but that doesn't make it a bad place to visit. Exhibits are small and sometimes reflect regional topics like recently Fiber Optics. The aquarium is equally small, and our kids (2 and 5) are typically fully entertained during our 3 hour visits. Unfortunately there wasn't a butterfly... More 

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Waynesville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The science center was only 8 dollars for adults and 6 dollars for children between 3 and 18. no cost for children under three. The one thing i liked about this particular place is that it had several hands-on exhibits that would appeal to young adults, such as the magnetism exhibits where you have to power a tv with manual... More 

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Berea, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

My sister and I visited the Science Center with my 2 small nieces. The girls were free and our adult tickets were $8 a piece. I think that is a fair price for the experience you are getting. There is a planetarium, aquarium, inventor's workshop, animal room, play areas and more. It had expanded since I had last been when... More 

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Hickory
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 via mobile

This is a fun and affordable place for everyone to enjoy. The 'hands on' exhibits for the kids are great, but the animals are fun too! They are always planning on special and time-limited exhibits as well (dinosaurs, butterflies, et.) so best to check before you go. Next door is a wonderful Planetarium, and the Art Museum also........you can really... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

If you go on fridays, it is free. it was nice and very big. great sights and attractions. i would recommend making a stop here with family, yourself, or with friends. it has a lot of entertaining things to do with family. go here, it is worth your time.

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hickory, nc
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Museum officials do a good job changing exhibits to keep up interest. The shops offer excellent choices of games, nature toys, and art. The worst part of a visit is excessive noise.

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New Bern, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Great for kids and adults, variety of activities and exhibits, including aquarium, science, and even local furniture industry.

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Mount Airy, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Super fun field trip spot. Aquarium, science experiment classes and other activities keep kids interested and learning.

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Additional Information about Catawba Science Center

Address: 243 3rd Avenue NE, PO Box 2431, Hickory, NC 28603
Phone Number: (828) 322-8169
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Hickory
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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