777 East Princeton Street, Orlando 32803
Admission:Adults $17, seniors (55+) $16, youths (3 to 11) $12. Garage parking is $5.
Hours: Thursday to Tuesday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hours change seasonally; call for exact current hours
Location: From I-4 Exit 85, go east and follow Loch Haven Park signs about one quarter mile
The Orlando area is gaining a reputation as another high-tech business corridor with specialties in laser and simulation technologies. The Orlando Science Center’s smashing new home is a fitting monument to the technological explosion going on around it and should serve as a launching pad for future generations of scientists. The accent is on kids and science education but, thanks to its ingenious hands-on approach, the Center offers plenty to keep even the dullest adult occupied.
The Center’s 42,000 square feet are crammed with eye-catching exhibits that illustrate the many faces of science and how it interacts with our everyday life. Most of the exhibits are traveling shows. The permanent exhibits are NatureWorks, KidsTown, and Dino Digs.
The 310-seat CineDome features large-format movies and planetarium shows on a screen eight stories high, with a state-of-the-art sound system. This is one of the largest such theaters in the world and seeing a nature movie on the vast curved screen is an experience not easily duplicated elsewhere. The films are included in the price of admission, and there is no movie-only option. However, about once a quarter, the Science Center hosts "Cocktails and the Cosmos," when you can come just for the films; this event is usually built around new films premiering in the CineDome.
There’s a spacious cafeteria so you can plan a visit around lunchtime and then spend the rest of the day exploring the wonderful world of science, with side trips to the nearby museums.
Nearby: Leu Gardens, Mennello Museum, Orlando Fire Museum, Orlando Museum of Art.
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