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Catawba Science Center

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Address: Hickory, NC 28603
Phone Number: (828) 322-8169
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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My kids loved this!!!

We came here on a "homeschool" field trip and my kids loved it! It's got lots of hand on experiment and we even go to see the stars in the observatory. This place is a great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Wasilla, Alaska
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Wasilla, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We came here on a "homeschool" field trip and my kids loved it! It's got lots of hand on experiment and we even go to see the stars in the observatory. This place is a great, inexpensive place to go for the day. Like someone else said,it's not too big but there's several things to do and keep those little... More 

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Hickory, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visit the Catawba Science Center every few months and always have a good time. It's a great way to spend an afternoon with my active, young children and its relatively inexpensive, especially considering you get a planetarium show included. The staff have always been kind and helpful. Definitely worth a visit!

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Hickory, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Themed exhibits are changed from time to time, along with the permanent displays of wildlife and sea creatures. Lots of fun activities for kids. Buying a membership gains you entry to other venues as well. The art museum is right next door. A must do whenever relatives visit.

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Thank William S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016 via mobile

We traveled here to visit the Science Museum, one of many cultural sites in The Salt Block in Hickory, 4 adults and 2 youngsters in tow. The GPS got us there but via a circuitous route. Once there, not good signage where to go to buy tickets so we guessed the gift shop. Correct guess. We decided to pay for... More 

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Hickory, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016 via mobile

We have been here many times and always have a great time. Our 8 year old loves the reptiles, rocks and turtles. The aquarium and planetarium are must seed too. The rotating exhibits are always interactive. Its a great place for birthday parties too.

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Conover, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2016

Catawba Science Center has many hands on activities for children of all ages, yes adults too. You will want to visit not only for the enjoyment you child or children gets plus the learning experiences. When my boys were young, we had several birthday parties there and they were great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2016

When it's raining and we can't take our son outside to play this a great spot to go. For visitors of Hickory this location has some really cool exhibits and the staff is great and very helpful.

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Thank Phil S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Really great place for the kids to run around and learn at the same time. Great staff. Lots of space and areas for kids.

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Hickory, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Great place to visit often. The science center, and aquarium is a favorite spot when I have children come to town. The art exhibits are impressive and thought provoking. I go often and advise others to do the same. Hickory is so lucky to have this fabulous resource.

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Racine, Wisconsin, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Not so much for teens or adults. Lots of hands on and a good learning experience. A few older exhibits but still worth it.

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