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“Nice little museum” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Catawba Science Center

Catawba Science Center
243 3rd Avenue NE, PO Box 2431, Hickory, NC 28603
(828) 322-8169
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Ranked #2 of 5 Fun & Games in Hickory
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Hendersonville, NC
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Nice little museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We took my teenager to the science center and she had a lot of fun. The aquarium was neat. Loved the stingrays though they like to play and not let you get your hands on them when you reach down. The rest of the museum was a lot of fun too.

Visited April 2014
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“Incompetent”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Our visit was more than a little disappointing. When we got there (a group of 5 of us), it took the guy at the counter, Mitch, 20 minutes to get us in because my mom wanted season tickets. They charged her $70, then only were going to allow her and my 2 year old son (who would be free anyways) admission. She realized that this wasn't going to be worth the money, so she wanted to get a refund on the season pass and just pay for the day. They wouldn't give her a refund and wanted to charge us on top of that. It was disappointing. Customer service is lacking and they need to train employees on how to do simple tasks. We won't be back.

Visited October 2013
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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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“Perfect Intro to Science Venue for Kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Alan Barnhardt and his staff have done a wonderful job with limited resources, here. Our two girls especially loved the sharks and stingrays. My wife and I liked the Coastal Carolina exhibits. Hickory offers some nice restaurants in the vicinity as well, and the people are very friendly here.

Visited September 2012
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Gastonia, North Carolina
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9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“The butterflies are great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

...but they are temporary. There are over a dozen species in the exhibit and they are beautiful! Some will land on you once the specialist sprays your finger with sugar water. It's very peaceful and there is so much to learn throughout the SALT Block - Science, Arts, Literature, and Technology. There is also an aquarium with both salt and freshwater as well as a touch pool.
Whether its art, science, or just a nice place to take the kids, this is the place in the Hickory area. There are several hands-on activities for everyone, including a huge room for building anything with giant foam blocks. So, it's worth it to just make a stop on your way to the aquarium.
If you visit the butterflies after Sep. you will have to wait until around 2016, however. But you can still enjoy the rest!

Visited August 2013
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North Carolina, United States
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5 attraction reviews
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“Fun and educational!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

We have taken about three trips. To the catawba science center with my little one and he has loved the activities and has fun every time! The science center is fun and of couse educational.

Visited September 2012
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