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Discovery Place

301 North Tryon Street | Charlotte, NC 28202 | Official website
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  • Type: Museums
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.2)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 5.0 (5.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Discovery Place is Charlotte's science museum. Past visitors say this kid-friendly playtopia is a great place to spend a day with the family. Here you'll find interactive, hands-on exhibits that cover a variety of scientific concepts like physics and earth science. You can design and conduct lab experiments, build mock structures and study different ecosystems with the museum's rainforest exhibit and aquarium. Discovery Place also boasts the largest IMAX screen in the Carolinas, featuring an ever-changing program of educational films.

Careful not to forget the needs of its youngest visitors, the museum also offers exhibits for wee ones, like the KidScience section. This early childhood area features soft building blocks, a water table and a sound wall, plus a section designed just for toddlers. It's this exhibit variety that has recent travelers offering so much praise for the museum and learning center. "Discovery Place is one of those places you and [your] kids will absorb piece by piece, with each visit resulting in more 'ah-has,'" said one TripAdvisor reviewer.

You'll find Discovery Place in the heart of Uptown on North Tryon Street. You can reach the museum by car, foot or light rail (the museum is two blocks west of the LYNX 7th Street Station). Discovery Place is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays; and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Travelers recommend visiting in the morning to avoid the afternoon crowds. Tickets for adults costs $15; admission for children is $12. Check the museum's website for more information about upcoming exhibits and weekly events.

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