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“Great museum, tons of hands on fun” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Discovery Place

Discovery Place
301 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202 (Fourth Ward)
704-372-6261
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Ranked #5 of 196 things to do in Charlotte
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: 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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“Great museum, tons of hands on fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

My girl scout troop of 10 year old's took a day trip to the museum. They loved it. The first floor has a small aquarium, rainforest, a touch tank, hands on with microscopes etc. The second floor is where we spent the most time, as that's where all the hands on activities are -- Kapla blocks, building a fort, building/architecture, lots of physics experiences (bed of nails, air flow, levers, pulley's, gears, air carrying items, plus making creations out of foil, making shoes out of duct tape and supplies, air chair, etc. ) We spent about 5 hours at the museum.
The gift shop was great, with a wide variety of prices, so the kids could find things $5 and under (of course there is plenty that costs more). Very nice staff too - at the gift shop, at the museum gate, etc. Excellent museum!

Visited June 2014
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“Great place for kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

So much fun for the kids!!! They really enjoy coming here and running around. We love the aquarium and animal parts of it. And everything in between.

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“Fun attraction”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

The Discovery Place is a great deal of fun, mostly for kids, but they have traveling exhibits that come through that are always great, too, and all the activities at Discovery Place are fun for adults who are young at heart! ;)

The 1st floor is mainly for looking at things, with a couple interactive exhibits. The 2nd floor is VERY interactive, and the 3rd floor is usually booked for groups, I think...

Anticipate a couple hours to see everything.

Visited April 2014
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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“Something for Everyone!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We took our grandchildren to Discovery Place on a Sunday afternoon and had it nearly to ourselves! LOTS to do for all ages and great fun to see how captivated the children are. I was so impressed with the staff - friendly and helpful. We enlarged the experience by taking the LYNX light rail instead of driving - very easy and only a short walk to Discovery Place. GREAT OUTING!

Visited April 2014
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“Van Gogh Exhibit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Went to Discovery Place to view the Van Gogh exhibit. It was a different setup that encompasses you as you walk through the various videos playing of Van Gogh's artwork and words. Definitely worth it.

Visited May 2014
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