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Discovery Place Nature

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1658 Sterling Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209-1548
+1 704-372-6261
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Wonderful place to visit with children

This is a delightful small museum to visit with children. It's planned for kids from 3 to 7, but... read more

Reviewed October 14, 2015
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Free educator Saturdays in September

Wow, this is a small musuem. My boys ages 5 and 2 were entertained for the hour and half we were... read more

Reviewed September 28, 2015
Annalee T
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Nature-based fun and learning awaits in every corner of Discovery Place Nature. Little ones can get close to wildlife and walk among free-flying butterflies in Butterfly Pavilion, observe live animals in Creature Cavern, buzz by Insect Alley, hang out in Our Big Backyard, walk the Paw Paw Nature Trail in the 100-year-old forest or go wild in Fort Wild.
  • Excellent28%
  • Very good39%
  • Average19%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible3%
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1658 Sterling Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209-1548
+1 704-372-6261
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Reviewed October 14, 2015

This is a delightful small museum to visit with children. It's planned for kids from 3 to 7, but has activities that are fun and accessible even for 1-year-olds and kids a bit older than 7. The outdoor play area is simply wonderful - very...More

Thank EnviroGranny
Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

Wow, this is a small musuem. My boys ages 5 and 2 were entertained for the hour and half we were there. They liked the animals, playing on the gopher playground, and putting their heads inside the fly head. The musuem has some neat information,...More

Thank Annalee T
Reviewed September 2, 2015

One of our favorites. I used to bring my grand daughter here a lot. She loved seeing the snakes and butterflies and petting the tarantula. A must stop if visiting or living in Charlotte

Thank Rosetta0229
Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

Building is run down, nature trail feels like overgrown prison yard with a rickety chain link enclosure. A few live animals. 3-5 year old kids is target audience. Highlight is the butterfly enclosure.

1  Thank Scott M
Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

A great spot with exhibits geared towards children. We enjoyed the live animals and exhibits but the outdoor area is more for the mini-adult than us! Bring your kids. Not that expensive either.

Thank Paul541
Reviewed July 11, 2015

Two Butterflies only. My friend and I went the The Charlotte Nature Museum specifically to experience the Butterfly Pavilion. We both have been to several other butterfly pavilions in other states that were rich with butterflies. Charlotte's Butterfly Pavilion was embarrassing to say the least....More

1  Thank karengaillee
Reviewed June 20, 2015

Nice, small museum tucked away in Charlotte. Pleasant atmosphere, many friendly and helpful volunteers. Plenty of activities and exhibits for children. Could spend about 2 hours here.

1  Thank Catherine T
Reviewed June 11, 2015 via mobile

I was there with my two little au pair kids, aged 1,5 and 2,5. They enjoyed watching all these animals and especially loved the mice and turtles, and of course the chicken who ate his own egg :D The museum is good for kids aged...More

1  Thank AK0195
Reviewed March 23, 2015

My 2 year old niece loved the play gym that's it. animals there was maybe about 15 the most. the trail was ok, but we shouldn't pay to go on it . i could have just walked on the trail and been more happier, took...More

1  Thank Lauren A
Reviewed March 18, 2015

It is hard for me to write this review because this is the sort of place that I really want to love. I am so happy that Charlotte has this sort of venue and it is the kind of place that I want to support....More

Thank IzzyBea
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April 12, 2017|
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Response from KathyJ461 | Reviewed this property |
Yes! Thats the perfect age for this nature center!
April 6, 2016|
Response from suzukiT | Reviewed this property |
There are many indoor displays, not so many outdoors, but lots of play and discovery areas outside, picnic area, interactive and fun for ages to about 8yrs. Lots to enjoy, hope you'll try it.
April 6, 2016|
Response from EnviroGranny | Reviewed this property |
The displays are mostly inside a building, but the play area is mostly outside - my grandsons ages 4 years and 18 months just loved playing there with the wheel barrows and logs, etc., and there is a nice deck where you can... More