Museum of Discovery and Science

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401 SW Second St.

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If it's a rainy day and you need an indoor activity that will appeal to the kids, take them to the Museum of Discovery and Science. The museum is filled with so many activities, animals and exhibits, your kids may never want to leave. Get introduced to river otters, take a simulated airboat ride through the Everglades or learn more about Florida weather patterns at the Storm Center. Other must-visit spots in the museum include an aviation station, where kids can climb into the cockpit of a World War II fighter plane, and the fossil-filled Dino Boneyard. If that's not enough, guests can catch a flick at the 300-seat Imax theater, buy a souvenir at the gift shop or pick up a sandwich at the theater's snack stand.

Whether you're traveling with or without kids, recent museumgoers highly recommend a stop at the property. However, some felt slighted that select parts of the already pricey museum cost extra to visit. Others noted that certain exhibits were outdated and in need of an upgrade, as some interactive features didn't function as promised.

The Museum of Discovery and Science is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with restricted hours on Sundays. Admission costs $16 for adults, $15 for seniors and $13 for children between the ages of 2 and 12, as well as members of the military. Kids 1 and younger get in for free. Multiple fee-based parking garages are available nearby; visitors can also take the trolley or one of several buses to stops on Las Olas Boulevard. The water taxi's R4 stop (by Esplanade Park) is another convenient option. For more information, visit the Museum of Discovery and Science's website

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Want a beautiful Florida beach without a crazy party scene? Fort Lauderdale Beach may be just what you're looking for. Here you'll find a calmer and less chaotic version of Miami Beach – but with the same sugary sands and crystal clear water. There are still parties, but you're more likely to find families relaxing or leisurely walking the waterline than raucous groups of college kids. Backing the shoreline, the palm tree-lined promenade bustles with visitors looking to shop and dine in the many establishments along it. There are also beach chair and water sports equipment rentals near the shore. 

Recent visitors loved Fort Lauderdale Beach for its wide, expansive shoreline, with some noting that even when there were a lot of people, it didn't feel crowded. Many were also impressed with how clean the beach is, adding that its calm waters make it a great place to bring kids.

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