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“Don't Waste Your Money, Unless you're 5 years old. In which case it's a good way to spend your allowance.”

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
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Owner description: The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (former South Florida Science Museum) provides curious minds of all ages with an entertaining and educational journey through science and technology. The Science Center features more than 50 hands-on exhibits, a digital planetarium, freshwater and saltwater aquariums, as well as natural history exhibitions. Established in 1961, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is a non-profit institution dedicated to its mission; "Open Every Mind to Science".
Boynton Beach, FL
Level 5 Contributor
27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Don't Waste Your Money, Unless you're 5 years old. In which case it's a good way to spend your allowance.”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

My husband and I are Palm Beach county locals, and don't have any kids, but consider ourselves to be big kids at heart. We are in the 30-40 range. Every summer once a week on a shared day off we try to get out there and explore the many local attractions in our area. A few weeks ago we went to the Palm Beach Zoo and were offered a "Dual Discovery Pass" for just $3.75 more per person then the regular zoo admission which would allow us access to also visit the South Florida Museum and Aquarium.
The $3.75/person wasnt even worth it.
I was really excited to check this place out. We love Science Museums and Aquariums and neither of us have visited a planetarium since we were kids.
What a dissapointment this place was! When we went to turn in our passes they collected our tickets and that was it. I asked if they had any literature or a map or something so we would know where to go. I was handed a barely readable map and planetarium movie showtimes. (After exploring the place we realized why a map and literature really are not necessary as it's so small and pathetic you cant miss anything or get lost.)
I saw that there were movies or shows at the Planetarium and so we lined up but where told it was an extra fee and we needed to go back to the admission counter and pay $4/person per show. So we did. Each show is sold individually so we just picked the next show which was "Night Skies above the Palm Beaches". This was a lame excuse of a planetarium presentation. The star globe projected so blurry on the dome that you couldnt make anything out. We walked out 25 minutes later confused and disapointed.
Okay so lets go explore the rest of the museum..... not much to explore. They have some cool skelletons of their "Dinosours of the Deep" exhibit, but the rest of the museum is lacking. Their aquarium is just a series of 8 or so fish tanks. And their "Egypt Gallery" is 3-4 cases of egyptian artifacts in the hall way by the bath rooms.
We left after maybe an hour of exploring (including the 25 minute planetarium show).
This place is really just a sad sad excuse for a science museum. The staff is all teenagers, or very young adults, there is no one walking around to speak to you about the exhibits or engage you in participation.
If you have little kids, (toddlers to maybe 5-6 years old) I can see how they would enjoy it, however I still think even for them it is seriously over priced and will not keep them entertained for more than an hour or two at best. ]
To anyone thinking of visiting this place, I suggest instead to take the trip and go down to the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science and for $0.50 more/person you will experience a science museum that BLOWS this one out of the water.

Visited July 2013
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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 reviews
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“Overpriced for What It Offers”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

We may be spoiled after going to Newport Aquarium in Newport, KY, but this place was nothing to write home about, especially for the price. There was only enough to see in the whole place to last us an hour, and it cost us $27 for our family of 3 (and our two year old son was free). Many exhibits were closed or under construction, there was a bunch of "blank space", and much of it felt like we were in the basement of a school science fair. I think they do the best they can with what is probably pretty limited resources, but they shouldn't be charging the admission they are for what it is. Underwhelming and overpriced.

Visited July 2013
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Miami, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Pretty Good Museum and Planetarium but...”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

We enjoyed visiting this museum and planetarium but it is geared mostly toward young children. The aquariums were nicely done and very well cared for. There is a Subway restaurant and vending machines and you can eat indoors or out on the patio.

Visited July 2013
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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Nice, but not impressed.”
Reviewed June 27, 2013 via mobile

The museum is tucked behind a park. The entrance is very pretty. The museum itself is very small. My 2 year old and I walked the museum in 30 minutes. The aquarium is updated, and the dinosaur exhibit was nice. The rear of the museum seems very old and dirty. The outside mini-golf area and Dino walking path seemed bigger than the inside. They claim to have a planetarium, but I didn't find it until I saw some kids sitting on the floor looking at large circular thing. That's the planetarium.

Visited June 2013
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Wellington, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Nice upgrades for Fun Science”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

Recently renovated and enlarged and very much improved. The Aquarium was especially fun and the best was the "Do-nut tank" where you can slip under and pop up "inside" the tank for a fish view of the world. The Info-Globe is very cool as is the Hurricane wind experience. Also Mr. Why was excellent (Charles Young in real life). He really had our whole family engaged for quite a while with fun science facts and demos.

A real nice interactive fun day.

Visited June 2013
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