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South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

4801 Dreher Trl N, West Palm Beach, FL 33405-3017
+1 561-832-1988
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Good for a few hours

We find this to be a decent place to stop in with our three-year-old when we have a few hours... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Lenny A
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Dania Beach, Florida
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Mediocre

This facility most likely operates on a shoestring budget. We were there on a day when it was full... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Michelle B
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (former South Florida Science Museum) provides curious minds of all ages with an entertaining and educational journey through science and technology. The Science Center features more than 50 hands-on exhibits, a digital planetarium, freshwater and saltwater aquariums, as well as natural history exhibitions. Established in 1961, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is a non-profit institution dedicated to its mission; "Open Every Mind to Science".
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4801 Dreher Trl N, West Palm Beach, FL 33405-3017
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+1 561-832-1988
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We find this to be a decent place to stop in with our three-year-old when we have a few hours. There are a few aquariums with different exhibits, plenty of science/problem solving exhibits and unique exhibits that seem to cycle through. Currently, this is a...More

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Melinda V, Public Relations Manager at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for the great review! We're so glad you enjoyed our 10,000 gallon Aquarium and our Travel Adventure Exhibit on display now until September 23rd featuring LEGO Bricks! We look forward to continuing an expansion with our newly renovated Science Trail. Expect to see...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This facility most likely operates on a shoestring budget. We were there on a day when it was full of kids on a field trip. The facility cannot rein in the kids, they were unruly. The aquariums were interesting, but not unique. The time we...More

Thank Michelle B
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Melinda V, Public Relations Manager at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review and feedback! We are sorry you did not get the best experience as an adult at our Science Center. We are not just a children's museum, so here are some tips for you to have a better experience as an...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm sorry about the 3 stars, its hard to judge because we are from Indianapolis of the premier Indianapolis Children's Museum which is the creme de la creme. It made this seem over priced for what it was. The best is the so-called aquarium--several tank...More

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Melinda V, Public Relations Manager at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for the review. Your feedback is very helpful to us. We are always working hard to provide unique, exciting experiences for the whole family and hope that everyone leaves our museum with a new piece of knowledge. We are excited to announce that...More

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Reviewed May 14, 2018 via mobile

I'm surprised that this venue doesn't rank higher on the list because you will find enough to occupy your family for a good three hours here. The aquarium and local nature displays are followed by excellent expositions of science for enquiring minds, a whole Lego...More

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Melinda V, Public Relations Manager at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your great review! We're so glad you enjoyed our 10,000 gallon Aquarium, our exhibit halls, and our Outdoor Science Trail. We hope you return again soon for more science fun as we continue to expand!

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Reviewed May 13, 2018

This is a museum that all ages can enjoy. The aquarium has plenty of interesting saltwater fish and setups. When we were there, there was a school group visiting the touch tank and they appeared to be really enjoying it. The outer space section is...More

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Melinda V, Public Relations Manager at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for the wonderful review! We take pride in offering educational experiences for guests of all ages, and we're so glad you enjoyed! Our museum is rapidly expanding and has several new experiences on the upcoming horizon so stay tuned, and hope to see...More

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Reviewed April 29, 2018

The place is kind of small but its has charm. Went here a few weeks ago with the niece and nephews. Watched the Astronaut video and the kids played around inside for a few hours. Finished the day by playing in their new 18 hold...More

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Reviewed April 26, 2018

The Science center has lots of information for kids and lots of fish in the Aquarium. They also have a mini golf course, that provides a clever way to educate the kids thats fun. The Conservation Course is dedicated to facts about indigenous flora and...More

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Reviewed April 23, 2018 via mobile

We had some time to kill while it was raining so we took in the science center and aquarium. It’s cute but very small and you will be able to see everything in about 1 hour or less. Nicely set up for young kids I...More

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Melinda V, Public Relations Manager at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for the review. Your feedback is very helpful to us. We are always working hard to provide unique, exciting experiences for the whole family. We are excited to continue our Science Center expansion with our with our newly renovated Science Trail. Expect to...More

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Reviewed April 22, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I do some extensive traveling and love Zoos and aquariums. There is more science exhibition stuff (geared towards 7-10 year olds) and only about a dozen actual aquariums with a few that were empty and awaiting new creatures. If you are going...More

Thank RS M
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Melinda V, Public Relations Manager at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review and feedback! We are sorry you did not get the best experience as an adult at our Science Center. We are not just a children's museum, so here are some tips for you to have a better experience as an...More

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Reviewed April 20, 2018

We really liked this science centre. It's great for little kids - lots of cool fish when you first come in. The special exhibit was space themed when we were there and was pretty informative. There is a special area with a cool light wall,...More

Thank CodyNDansTrips
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Melinda V, Public Relations Manager at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for the wonderful review! We're so glad you enjoyed our outdoor playground, 10,000 gallon Aquarium, and our exhibit halls! Our Astronaut Exhibit is no longer on display, but please stop by to see our current Travel Adventure Exhibit available until September 23rd featuring...More

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ammomof3
August 12, 2016|
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Response from Georgia K | Reviewed this property |
Very limited!! I wouldn't recommend depending on that, personally.
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January 24, 2016|
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Response from CirceWPB | Reviewed this property |
I believe it's $13 for kids, $15 for seniors, and $17 for adults. Google it for current info. It's worth going!
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eelo757
March 22, 2015|
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Response from Belen W | Property representative |
Good morning! The Science Center's renovated new Hall of Discovery is now open and our Early Childhood Center will be open at the April. I'm sure your grandson will love playing with our water feature and light bright art... More
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