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“It's not great, but it's not terrible either.”

Emerald Coast Science Center
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Step outside the box and experience science firsthand in our interactive museum including a STEM Makerspace, new exhibits, animal presentations, and more! We’re also only the third museum in the entire country to house SMALLab Learning--a groundbreaking exhibit that places you at the center of the action: your movement is tracked by motion capture cameras, allowing you to walk around on a 15-foot by 15-foot playing field to complete activities. Our museum is also home to over 45 touchable, workable exhibits and over 30 animals. Be sure to stop by and say hello at one of our Creature Features this summer, where your kids can have an unforgettable, amazing time meeting some of our animals up close in a safe learning environment. We also give guests a chance to be amazed by chemistry feats during our Chem Demos, so there is something for everyone this summer at the Science Center. Bring the whole family and discover the difference a hands-on encounter with science can make.
Reviewed August 20, 2013

For our family for three it cost us $15, so it's relatively inexpensive compared to a number of rainy day options.

The facility is out-of-date, but there are enough fun little contraptions to occupy the family for close to an hour or so.

The exhibits are old and mostly basic science, but if you take the time to read and explain these to your child it can be fun. Our daughter is just about seven and it was fun.

Yes it's not the most exciting place, but if you don't want to drop tons of $$ at an arcade, the movies, or bowling, you can survive part of a rainy day at this place.

1  Thank dmybama
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Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

A few of the exhibits didnt work. The place looked like it was thrown together hastily. It wasnt very inviting. One of the doors to the cages was open in the animal area. The door was to the toads cage and there was no lock. It scared me because the other cages had spiders and snakes. We barely stayed 30 minutes. I wont go back.

2  Thank Bamagirl1997
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

This place is okay and its cheap. However I would venture to say it may not even be worth the prices. We have a museum reciprocal membership that got us in for free. It is really outdated! But it was a nice way to spend a rainy hour. The park right outside is really nice and my two boys (6&4) really enjoyed that!

Thank travelcrazy05
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Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

We have 2 kids, 5 and 8. After 25 minutes they were ready to leave. Science museums are one of our most favorite things to do when we travel or close to home. All science museums are different as well as their offerings. This science center was extremely small, very limited and a bit boring. I would say great for younger kids. Best tip: bring a picnic lunch and after your visit to the museum there is a glorious park with shaded playground right next to the building. Park is on the Bay coastline so a nice crosswind was blowing. The park was the highlight of our visit.

Thank clearnbreezy
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

I've already written a review for the ECSC, but I wanted to add another focusing on a side-benefit to being an ECSC member. ECSC is a partner member of ASTC, the Association of Science and Technology Centers. Our family membership at ECSC ($55) gets free or discounted membership at ASTC-partner centers around the world. On a recent visit to Wisconsin, we visited three places where we got free admission via ASTC - The Building for Kids in Appleton (our cost would have been $29), the Paper Discovery Center in Appleton ($12), and Discovery World in Milwaukee ($59.80, but three of us actually visited Discovery World twice so the true savings was $102.65). So, we ended up saving over $100 via ASTC, all for a $55 ECSC membership!

Thank lionfan91
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