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Great for my little ones

I have 1 yo twins and they always have a great time playing at the Sciencenter! There is a great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ithaca, New York
Best small- town sciencenter ever

The Ithaca Sciencenter pleases the whole fam. Something for each of my three kids to enjoy and... read more

Reviewed January 14, 2019
Sarah E
Ithaca, New York
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The Sciencenter inspires excitement for science through interactive exhibits and programs that engage, educate and empower. The hands-on museum offers visitors of all ages more than 250 exhibits, educational programs, a gift shop, an outdoor science...more
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All reviews science center all ages great place for kids outdoor playground hands on activities touch pool lots of interactive exhibits rainy day a lot of fun we spent hours any age gift shop experiment museum invention biology dam
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have 1 yo twins and they always have a great time playing at the Sciencenter! There is a great area for toddlers, with toys, a small playing kitchen and a wet are - they love it! Great to take the little ones to spend...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank daniabreu
Reviewed January 14, 2019

The Ithaca Sciencenter pleases the whole fam. Something for each of my three kids to enjoy and explore. the staff and volunteers are fantastic. I love the outdoor options (playground, minigolf) but of course, the sciencenter is a perfect place to entertain the kids on...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Sarah E
Reviewed August 21, 2018

Even if you are not the scientific type, this place is highly enjoyable though more so if you are young or young at heart. My 12 year old son had to be dragged away in the end - I think he could probably have easily...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

Nicely laid out. Well maintained. Wooden outdoor playground has a lot for kids. Very nice educational and fun gift shop.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

It was a rainy day. So, we chose the science center to visit. I was worried that the activities here would be too young for my nephews and niece, ages 11 and 9, but they LOVED it, even us adults! We spent 4 hours here...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 307shanl
Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

My family and I made an impromptu visit here as we came to the area to visit the start parks, it was down pouring rain when we arrived so we decided to come to the Sciencenter with our teenage boys. We all had a great...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Travelbutterfly5
Reviewed July 15, 2018

My grandchildren love this place. There are so many things to do and learn. The area for toddlers and preschoolers keeps the little ones busy, and the older ones (up to age 9 or 10) can explore hands-on exhibits that are really fun.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank CayugaCarolyn
Reviewed July 12, 2018 via mobile

During our most recent visit to the area, I took my 2 yr old son to the Sciencecenter. There was a small area for toddlers to play inside and an unkept playground for there age group. The place was pretty busy with families snd camp...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank relaxuremind
Reviewed July 10, 2018

We have an annual membership to the Sciencenter and my two year old absolutely loves it. We have been many times, and she never gets bored of it. We had her birthday party here a few months ago, and it was a great time (although,...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Meganmf5
Sciencenter, Public Relations Manager at Sciencenter, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2018

Thank you, for your feedback. We are pleased to hear that you continue to enjoy your time at the Sciencenter. We appreciate your support! I will pass your thoughts about our birthday party length along to our Manager of Guest Relations. Thank you again and...More

Reviewed July 4, 2018

I learned a lot here and my kids had a blast (while learning stuff at the same time). Very friendly staff and clean facility.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Ron C
Sciencenter, Public Relations Manager at Sciencenter, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2018

Thank you for the review, Ron. We look forward to seeing you again!

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May 24, 2017|
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Response from Sciencenter | Property representative |
Yes. The Sciencenter offers several different annual membership levels to meet your needs. Please visit our website (link on our page) or give us a call at 607-272--0600 and we would be happy to help.
August 18, 2016|
Response from Sciencenter | Property representative |
Admission to the Sciencenter is $8 for adults (ages 18+), $6 for children (ages 2 - 17), and $7 for seniors (ages 65+) We look forward to seeing you soon.
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Hi fellow TripAdvisees! I am planning a 5 day trip either Memorial Day or July 4th weekend to Corning. I really want to take my 4 and 6 year old kids to the glass museum. We will be driving from Connecticut on a Wednesday late night and have Thurs-Monday to travel, although late Mon afternoon we have to drive home. I am trying to decide whether to combine Corning with Rochester and visit the Strong museum and the Rochester Science Museum (which necessitates a further drive) or combine Corning...More
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All are fine attractions worth seeing. The difference is size and scale of both the attractions and the communities they are in. What used to be the Strong Museum is now the National Museum of Play - a world-class attraction for all ages, but especially for the 3-10 YO set. It also has the attached Butterfly Pavilion which is very popular at all ages. Rochester also has the classic amusement park - Seabreeze - literally on the shores of Lake Ontario. Speaking of shores, Charlotte Beach is not...More
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My husband and I are planning a 5 or 6 day trip to the Finger Lakes with our 14 month old in mid-September. We'd like to explore a couple of wineries, do some (stroller-friendly) hiking / nature walks, and possibly explore Cornell and Sciencenter in Ithaca (although not a must - I'm open to suggestions!). Because it's hard to pack and unpack with a toddler, we'd like to rent a small house or apartment for our stay. Can you please recommend a town or area that would be a good base for...More
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Trumansburg or Ithaca would make a good base for you. The Gorge Trail at Taughannock Falls is very stroller friendly.