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Discovery Place Science

Certificate of Excellence
Neighbourhood: Fourth Ward
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Address: 301 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202-2138
Phone Number:
+1 704-372-6261
09:00 - 16:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Fri 09:00 - 16:00
Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Step inside an amazing world of science and spend a day at Discovery Place...

Step inside an amazing world of science and spend a day at Discovery Place Science, one of Charlotte's most popular attractions. Featuring hands-on fun for everyone, guests can walk the rainforest, enjoy jaw-dropping experiments or wonder at the underwater world in the aquarium. Become immersed in larger-than-life IMAX adventures or the eye-popping 3D Theatre where science and nature spring to life. Plus, experience daily programming that stimulates the senses and imagination. It's scientifically proven fun!

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Enjoyed by older folks too!

We went on a rainy Tuesday when the art galleries wanted to visit turned out to be closed. We quite enjoyed ourselves and we are a couple of 60+ folks! There was a special exhibit... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Margaret B
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on a rainy Tuesday when the art galleries wanted to visit turned out to be closed. We quite enjoyed ourselves and we are a couple of 60+ folks! There was a special exhibit of frogs and a display of artworks composed of things like postage stamps, coins, and keyboard keys.

Thank Margaret B
Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

For those with children of any age, this is "must do" when visiting Charlotte, and for Charlotte families, a membership is well worth the investment. It is a shame that the cost of a visit makes it inaccessible to many, but if you can get past the admission charge, you'll be delighted with the quantity and quality of the entire... More 

Thank ellenshep
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a nice time at Discovery Place Science however, my children are older so some of the attractions didn't keep their attention for very long. It was also pretty pricey for a family of four just to walk around and look at science toys and exhibits, I could see if you just charged for the imax experience but not... More 

1 Thank Jon H
Lakewood, CO
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I can't speak to the Discovery Place, but we went to the IMAX Dome theater (which is within the building) and it was great! You can see the room where they load the IMAX film. Cameron came out and answered questions for us and was super friendly and informative. We saw the Cousteau's Secret Ocean and enjoyed it very much.

Thank rabbitgirl7
Augusta, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Kids loved it and are ready to go back as soon as possible. Still had many levels of fun and interactive displays. Ages 4 to 13 all had fun

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Discovery Place Science Museum was a fun way to spend the afternoon. We were leaving Charlotte and decided to check it out after check out of our hotel. Even though they were between exhibits at the time, there was still a lot to do there, and it kept us all busy for a few hours. There are areas for all... More 

Thank Connie C
Elmira, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Brought our grand daughter here. Great for kids of all ages, but lots of fun for adults too. I'm an engineer, so I like all the technical stuff. There is lots of it and I learned a few things! The most impressive thing about this place is that it is chock full with 100's of interactive displays and hands on... More 

Thank JohnandJaneS
Concord, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took my daughter here without really knowing much about the place. We had an awesome time! You need at least 1/2 to an entire day. There is a food court here with outstanding food. You will need about $15 for each adult or teen and $10 for each kid. Parking is $12 or you can find a metered spot. Only... More 

Thank Cape_May_Family
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a wonderful place for adults and children, but especially for children it is a perfect way to introduce them to the wonders of science. There is plenty of parking in the lot across the road.

Thank Buddettes_Journey
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21 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It has been a while, but our memories shared with our granddaughter will always bring a smile to us. She had the time of her life. We returned a couple years later and even though she was a little older than most she enjoyed it.

Thank Rose P

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