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City West Centre, Sutherland St & Railway Street

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When the weather won't cooperate and you're forced inside, head to Scitech, a nonprofit science museum geared to curious minds of all ages, from young children to adults. Along with a handful of temporary exhibits, Scitech's permanent exhibits include a puppet theater and an interactive science lab, as well as a planetarium. The museum also puts on science shows and hosts science, technology, engineering and mathematics workshops.

Recent travelers praised Scitech's interactive exhibits (especially the way in which they appeal to youngsters), but most travelers said the best part of the museum is its planetarium, which takes visitors on a "journey" through the solar system with the help of its 180-degree dome screen and surround sound system.

Scitech is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission costs AU$19 (about $14.50) for adults and AU$12 (around $7) for children ages 4 and older and includes entrance to the Scitech Planetarium, the science and puppet shows and the feature exhibitions. Kids younger than 4 can enter for free. In addition to the exhibits and the planetarium, Scitech also houses a gift shop. You'll find the museum just north of Kings Park & Botanic Gardens. For more information, visit Scitech's website.

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According to visitors, Kings Park & Botanic Garden can hold its own among the world's best parks – including Central Park in New York, El Retiro in Madrid and Stanley Park in Vancouver. Not only do the park's various sections feature more than 3,000 varieties of trees and plants, from red-flowering gum trees in the Fraser Avenue Precinct to bushland-specific flora, fauna and fungi, but there are also playgrounds, playing fields, cafes and picnic areas. What's more, the park's Rio Tinto Naturescape, due to open in 2018, will feature a creek for paddling, a rock pool for wading, and rock climbing and scrambling spaces too.

Travelers and locals alike adore this park's expansive walking paths and its ability to appeal to everyone from families to retirees. Others say the views of the city from the walking paths, especially from the raised Lotterywest Federation Walkway, are just "fabulous," as are the shade and breeze on hot summer days.

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