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.
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