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Address: 898 State Park Rd, Swanton, MD 21561-2301
Phone Number: (301) 387-7067
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Enjoyed the brief walk through the Discovery Centre - this place is definitely more for little children to amuse themselves rather than for adults.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Maria N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoyed the brief walk through the Discovery Centre - this place is definitely more for little children to amuse themselves rather than for adults.

Thank Maria N
Utica, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The nature center is not too large but was a perfect little jaunt right on the lake (can even drive your boat there and dock) for our family. It offered info on the local mine as well as having an aviary and several small animals to look at and explore. My suggestion, time your visit with one of their daily... More 

Thank karenacee
Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first time at deep creek lake. We found the Discovery Center online and decided to go check it out. It opened at 10 o'clock and there was also a reptile program that day at 10 o'clock. The presentation was downstairs and was amazing for kids and adults. So informative, they brought out each reptile, and we were... More 

1 Thank Leah M
Swanton, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The development of Deep Creek Lake is explained on picture boards at the center. There are programs about nature and start telling time. Check the web site for a listing. You can come by boat or car. A beautiful natural setting.

Thank MOe65_48
Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

This is a good place. They have lots to look at and do. Adults and children both will learn. The raptor exhibit is amazing !! I enjoyed every minute. The kids had a blast. They had a tye dye shirt making while I was there but sadly I did not get to do it. Please, remember to donate. It helps... More 

Thank Booper82
Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

This center has simply delightful exhibits and live creatures representative of the area on display. Downstairs there are project work stations where the exploration continues. They also host special guided sessions/activities at specific times. Don't forget to visit the raptors exhibit to see these magnificent creatures. There is even a nice gift shop and an historical exhibit of the early... More 

2 Thank Glenn M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

This is a super discovery center on Deep Creek Lake suitable to take kids to learn about animals and nature. There are great walking trails and the beach is nearby to swim, kayak, or hang out. The crew at the Discovery Center are very helpful and love talking and haring knowledge. If you are in Deep Creek Lake please visit... More 

Thank LadyAboutTown
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

I absolutely love this discovery center - It is clean, modern and informative. After a long day of swimming and cooking out at the lake, we always stop here on our way back to the cabin. There are aquatic animals and reptiles inside to see and small exhibits to walk through - There is also a raptor program there that... More 

Thank BethanyLeigh
Owings Mills, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Since there was no snow at the lake, we went to the State Park’s Discovery Center. It was wonderful. Great for kids (lots of hands on stuff) but we old kids loved it too! The taxidermy was amazing. The ranger said much of it was donated to the center. My husband love the red squirrels that were outside under the... More 

Thank Judy J
Deep Creek Lake, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

My boyfriend and I stopped in on our weekend in Deep Creek. We came right at 2 o'clock when they just started the animal feedings. We stayed for an hour learning all about turtles, snakes, and frogs as the super informative educators taught us all about the animals. They then welcomed us outside to the aviary where we learned more... More 

Thank Kayla M

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