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South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

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Address: 4801 Dreher Trl N, West Palm Beach, FL 33405-3017
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The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (former South Florida Science...

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (former South Florida Science Museum) provides curious minds of all ages with an entertaining and educational journey through science and technology. The Science Center features more than 50 hands-on exhibits, a digital planetarium, freshwater and saltwater aquariums, as well as natural history exhibitions. Established in 1961, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is a non-profit institution dedicated to its mission; "Open Every Mind to Science".

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Went here with my two tweens while on vacation. More geared towards smaller kids I think. Lots of hands on for little kids. Mostly do-it-yourself/read-it yourself exhibits vs... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went here with my two tweens while on vacation. More geared towards smaller kids I think. Lots of hands on for little kids. Mostly do-it-yourself/read-it yourself exhibits vs some other museums which have live presentations. Human body exhibit where they had cut up cross-sections of bodies was a little creepy unless you are in the medical field. We were done... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's too expensive for the size of the center. For the most part, the "aquarium" is a handful of fish tanks and the "science center" is a handful of interactive exhibits. It took us less than an hour to explore the exhibits.

Thank Chantaye A
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We bought a Groupon for 4 people and took 2 of our grandchildren. It is not very big but then the kids did not have time to get bored! The aquarium is small but very interesting but the Bodies Exhibition was very COOL!! We thought it was just plastic replicas but it is actual bodies showing the way the body... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We loved the Bodies expo! Kids are 8 and under on spring break. The whole museum has something for all ages. Definitely a nice trip out w the family.

Thank TravelMom1721
New York
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

We got a Groupon for this attraction. Took our three year old granddaughter. Aquarium is not huge but very interesting and we got to experience staff feeding many of the fish. The children's play center was great and my granddaughter could have spent days at the giant water table. The new mini golf course is beautiful, but I think kids... More 

Thank bragstarr
South Florida
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

As many of these reviews state, this museum has gone through some fairly dramatic changes (almost all for the better). I’ve enjoyed taking my children to this museum off and on for years. I, myself went to this museum as a child and had many fond memories of it. There is a fun mini golf course that my kids adore... More 

Thank Tenajberry
West Palm Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

The science museum has been doing a lot of construction and has changed so much since I was there as a kid. The new aquarium is amazing to see and is very interactive for the little ones. With a touch tank and the option to "go inside" the fish tanks, the little ones always have a blast. There are different... More 

Thank Brittany M
West Palm Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

The interactive science exhibits are fun but I really enjoy the planetarium. It's a great rainy day (what? In Florida?) adventure for kids of all ages.

Thank Exige-lover
Delray Beach
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3 reviews
Reviewed 7 March 2017

We went for a special exhibit which was excellent, but also enjoyed the interactive area, Florida wildlife area, and miniature golf!

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Reviewed 1 March 2017

The kids really enjoyed the aquarium and 'touch tank' experience, as well as the interactive activities. Food options are very limited, so I suggest you bring your own food or just don't plan to eat there. The museum is nice, but pricey for it's size and offerings.

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