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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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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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It's local. It's fun.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Thomas T
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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61 reviews 61 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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41 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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70 reviews 70 reviews
14 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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Granite Falls, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The traveling History of Furniture Making exhibit was fantastic. We had a group of age 2 to 13 plus adults and it was both informative and fun for all. We learned so much! We always love to visit the touch tank and see the other aquatic displays in the aquarium section and enjoy exploring the Natural Science room with the... More 

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Hickory, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

price is right...lots of things for little ones to do and experience. They have a butterfly exhibit in the spring/summer that was awesome. They have different programs/exhibits throughout the year.

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