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“GREAT for toddlers!”

Robinson Nature Center
Ranked #2 of 24 things to do in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Robinson Nature Center is a unique nature education facility with fun for the whole family. The Center is a LEED platinum certified green building situated on 18 acres of land. Attractions include: - Solar panels, green roof, and a host of other sustainable technologies - 2 stories of interactive, multi-sensory exhibits - A "NatureSphere" digital planetarium and full-dome movie theater - A Children's Discovery Room with hands-on activities - An outdoor Nature Place play area for kids - Numerous demonstration gardens featuring native plants - A mile of walking trails with views of the Middle Patuxent River - Access to the historical Simpsonville Mill Ruins Each year, the Center runs over 450 programs including field trips, public programs, birthday parties, home school and scout programs.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Columbia, Maryland
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“GREAT for toddlers!”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

I live in Columbia & FINALLY got over to the fairly new Robinson Nature Center with my 2.5 year old. It's an amazing green building with gorgeous natural landscaping and amazing hands on programming, exploratory items for toddlers, especially. It's all about the details there, really. Their "discovery room" was just that, a place to discover lots of things but did get a tad crowded and hot during busy times. The trails and "hiking" were terrific too, very natural and a terrific spot on the water. We went on a Wednesday when admission was FREE (although under 3 is always free). Terrific opportunity to explore our outdoors, a tremendous asset to the Columbia community and Howard Co. Park & Rec. We will be back SOON!

Visited June 2013
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Columbia, Maryland
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Green through and through”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

Great educational oppotunity for the whole family. The planetarium is a must see. Many hands on activities for youngsters.

Visited September 2012
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Warrenton, Virginia
1 review
“Awesome Place!”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

I visited with my brother and I really enjoyed it. Although it is mostly geared for kids, it was still an educational experience. We both learned a lot and enjoyed the nature trails. This place will be even better after they finish the trails (it looks like they are cutting down trees so they can plant some native plants. There are blank plaques everywhere so they can put up information about the plants along the trails. It also looks like they are planting in the gardens. I would highly suggest that people of all ages should visit. It was well worth the $5! You might want to wait until it's summertime so that the plants will have time to bloom along the trails.

Visited April 2013
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Ellicott City, MD
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“An oasis!”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

This fairly new Howard County park facility was built to be an eco-friendly and educational destination. Landscaping took advantage of the natural topography, and includes native plantings. The building houses workshops and educational displays. Great place for a picnic lunch and to take children for enviro9nmental lessons.

Visited September 2012
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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“It's beautiful, natured class room!”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

Spring, Summer, Fall! Never been here in the Winter, and almost in my back door! Field trips, nature walks, exhibits, and it holds alot of people!

Oh they have playgrounds also!

Thank Debora M
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