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Museum of Discovery and Science

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There is always something new happening at the Museum of Discovery and Science. Spend a day of discovery exploring hundreds of interactive exhibits including the new EcoDiscovery Center. Visitors can take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure...more
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401 SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312-1707
+1 954-467-6637
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All reviews imax theater interactive exhibits rainy day all ages hands on activities flight simulator live animals great imax great for kids baby alligators children and adults whole family airboat ride fish few hours across the street lots of fun
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Reviewed yesterday

Our family (kids 3.5 and 5.5) spent the whole day here and still didn't see or experience everything. There is a great variety of exhibits each with different themes and activities. They have animals like turtles, small alligators, snakes and a dedicated otter environment. Also...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Nateandbri
Reviewed 6 days ago

The museum has a lot to offer visitors of all ages. Yes, the interactive exhibits are geared to children but adults can learn a lot here as well. We enjoyed the prehistoric animal displays, the airplane exhibits and the IMAX theater. Plan to spend about...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank psr707070
Marlene J, VP of Marketing at Museum of Discovery and Science, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for leaving such a great review! We're glad you had a great time overall. We have sent your feedback about the exhibits over to our team to take a look at. Thank you for bringing this to our attention! We hope to have...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Overall this was a great place to visit. Went with our family from ages 12-47. Even our adult children had fun. Would have really enjoyed our day if it hadn't been for one of their employees named Zach. Zach and another staff member showed up...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Marlene J, VP of Marketing at Museum of Discovery and Science, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are concerned to hear this feedback and we want you to know that we will be speaking to this volunteer about his actions. Guest satisfaction is our #1 priority and in no way would...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having young children and a 6hr layover in Ft Lauderdale this place was amazing! My kids loves it as much as we did. They got a little education and had a great time. 15 min from the airport and nice restaurants all around, we will...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank AbdallaM1
Marlene J, Director of Marketing at Museum of Discovery and Science, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So glad to hear you had a great time at the Museum! Can't wait to have you back.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good alternative to the beach on a rainy afternoon. The 10 year old in our group found lots of interesting exhibits. The noise level was so intense the we had to take a couple of breaks before going back inside. We took the Everglades Boat...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Marlene J, Director of Marketing at Museum of Discovery and Science, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We appreciate your feedback. It is our number one goal to have activities for all ages to enjoy including rides, animal encounters, exhibits, and our new Science Park! We know that the Museum can get...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My visit to the museum was great. I recommend bringing your kids because they have alot fun adventures for children.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank bassv2016
Reviewed December 26, 2018

Took the kids here last weekend, 13 and 9. They found some exhibits interesting, namely the weather stuff. The air boat ride simulator was pretty hideous....very bad quality 3D film that is a motion sickness nightmare. Also, the metal seat backs are downright painful because...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kelly R
Marlene J, VP Visitor Services at Museum of Discovery and Science, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2018

Kelly, I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your visit to the Museum. The airboat ride is one of our more popular activities along with the cockpit simulators. I hope you were able to explore our new 27,000 square foot Science Park and watch our North American...More

Reviewed December 22, 2018

As a solo adult traveller I enjoyed it. Anyone with kids will enjoy it a lot more, very kid friendly. A bit pricy for the entrance fee but I'm also cheap. Sundays are the worst days to attend as the hours are limited and so...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 235carlim
Reviewed December 13, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I visited on a Weekday afternoon was very quiet so lots of space to maneuver. The displays were great, lots of interesting and interactive displays. The travelling show from Europe was especially fun to view. My husband enjoyed the airplane disp5where you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Doogerca
Reviewed November 6, 2018

A great place for adults and kids to learn new and amazing facts. Lots of hands-on activities to keep the kiddos occupied. A day well spent!

Date of experience: July 2018
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10 years old will definitely enjoy this attraction.
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Just three might be a little young, but there are plenty of hands on things to do that even very young children can enjoy. Our four year old grandsons had a blast. While there were some activities they couldn't participate... More
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Response fromRogerJ2014|
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May 27, 2013|
Response fromMartin D|
If you want to spend anytime in the national park you may want to consider staying further south altogether - However if you want a taste of the everglades ie airboat ride and gator farm there are some places up nearer fort lauderdale. It's a fair old drive upto Kennedy though!