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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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1:00 pm - 4:00 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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A pretty cool place to bring your kids.

I've had good experiences both times we've taken children here. I will say, the second time we went we did not take the kids upstairs to the art gallery. It's been a Folk Art... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
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Statesville, NC, United States
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Statesville, NC, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I've had good experiences both times we've taken children here. I will say, the second time we went we did not take the kids upstairs to the art gallery. It's been a Folk Art display for a year? There are images that young children might be afraid to see...kind of creepy. (think devil) The rocket launchers downstairs were not working... More 

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Lenoir
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Good place to go local for a day out with the kids. If you are looking for something fun to do locally, this provides a good deal of entertainment for the family.

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Hickory, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Great little place for a day visit, without having to go to a big city. Many interesting exhibits, there are even some animal exhibits. There is a small pool where you can actually touch manta rays. Once in a while they have a wonderful butterfly exhibit which is worth the trip.

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China Grove, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I wasn't sure what to expect for the price, but to my surprise it was great! My girls loved all the interactive stations. Kept my kids busy for several hours. They learned so much! Their favorite part was the aquarium.

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Frenchburg, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I wasn't expecting much for $8 but I was overly impressed with this place. They had a little bit of everything or everyone. The grandkids kept saying, "grandma, this place is better than COSI ", an expensive well known Science Museum in Columbus, Ohio, we had visited a few weeks ago. We all loved the stingrays. We spent about 4... More 

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Morganton, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Great activities for kids, think of it as a small version of Discovery place. Prices reasonable Senior (62+) $6.00 Youth (3 – 18) $6.00 Children (under 3) Free Student (with ID) $6.00 Active Military (with ID) $6.00 Group Rate (10 or more) $6.00 Now have animatronic dinosaurs on display till August a must see for any Dino fans.

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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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