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Science & Discovery in Florida
Gather the kids and family and indulge the imagination while in Florida. Home to multiple science and discovery centers throughout the state, experience a different kind of fun as you tour interactive exhibits and hands-on attractions while learning about cool stuff.
Experience hurricane-force winds or go on an airboat adventure through the Everglades at The Museum of Discovery & Science in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Similarly, the Museum of Science & History in Jacksonville also features a planetarium for stargazing and laser light shows.
The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium offers an engaging experience with opportunities to get your hands dirty, while the aquarium side provides daily tank demonstrations and live feedings. The Children's Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton offers children a chance to engage in fun science explorations while learning about the world around them. For a science and discovery museum that includes a planetarium, aquarium, and dozens of thought-provoking exhibits, spend a day at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami.
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
The only facility of its kind in the United States, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab, for short) is the largest and highest-powered magnet laboratory in the world. Their most powerful magnets produce fields more than a million times stronger than the Earth's magnetic field.
Insights from this research help pave the way for advances in physics, biology, bioengineering, chemistry, geochemistry, biochemistry, materials science, and engineering. Tours are available if you call ahead at least two weeks in advance – it’s quite a “draw" for Florida Panhandle and Tallahassee visitors.
Santa Fe College Planetarium
Employing the latest educationally innovative technology, the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium is located on the Northwest Campus of Santa Fe College in the north-central Florida community of Gainesville. The planetarium hosts a variety of special events to Santa Fe College and University of Florida students, as well as the Gainesville public.
Visitors are drawn in by regular presentations of shows like Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity, Child of the Universe, and Legends of the Zodiac: EQUINOX. Popular past special presentations include Music 360: Pink Floyd - The Wall and SpacePark360: Geodesium Edition.
Museum of Science & History
Founded in 1969, the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) features a variety of scientific and historical exhibits dedicated to northeast Florida. Located along the Southbank Riverwalk in Jacksonville, the museum is considered the most-visited museum in the city.
The museum features three floors of permanent exhibits, a rotating exhibit floor, and the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium. Some of the museum’s core exhibits include the Body Within, the Florida Naturalist’s Center, and the beautiful Hixon Native Plant Courtyard.
Pensacola MESS Hall
In the military, a Mess Hall is a place to eat. But here, the Mess in MESS Hall is taken literally – kids come here and “mess” around with experiments. “MESS” here in an acronym for Math, Engineering, Science, & Stuff, and it allows for enough fun to where kids forget they’re learning.
Check out the Pensacola MESS Hall on your next trip into Pensacola and the Panhandle region. The kids can design their own race track for marbles, and be sure to visit on National Pi Day (3/14) for special deals and workshops.
Emerald Coast Science Center
Ever touched lightning, seen a frozen shadow or what the world looks like to an armadillo, or watched a skeleton ride a bike? All of this and more can be found at the Emerald Coast Science Center, which is especially fun for kids but interesting for adults as well.
Plan your next tour of the Panhandle region of Florida and head for Fort Walton Beach, where you'll have a wealth of fun, exciting, and interesting marine life attractions to see. The Emerald Coast Science Center is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays noon to 4 p.m.
Science & Discovery Center of Northwest Florida
Officially opening its doors in 1972, the Science & Discovery Center of Northwest Florida is kid-oriented museum featuring interactive exhibits dedicated to science, technology, and history. The center is located just northwest of downtown Panama City on the Florida Panhandle.
The museum features a rotating exhibits all year round – including seasonal exhibits like Summer Camp and Spring Soiree, and special permanent exhibits like Animal Encounters, taking place every Thursday. The center also offers the HomeSchool Science Lab program every month.
Taking the shape of an upside down White House, WonderWorks is a interactive science museum found along Highway 30A in Panama City on the Panhandle. The museum features 35,000 square feet of experiments, exhibits, and Wonder Zones – like the Far Out Gallery and Imagination Lab.
Apart from the Wonder Zones, the museum features over 100 hands-on exhibits and special features like Lazer Tag Arena, Indoor Ropes Challenge, and Virtual Army Experience. Visiting families are invited to host special events like birthday parties at WonderWorks as well.
Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum of Science
Formerly the Miami Science Museum, the Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum of Science is an interactive science museum set in Miami. Found in southern Florida, the Frost Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Established in 1949, the Frost Museum of Science offers galleries, a planetarium, and a wildlife center. Features include the Space-Transit Planetarium, the Weintraub Observatory, the Falcon Batchelor Bird of Prey Center, and the Sea Lab.
Imaginarium Science Center
An interactive museum with 60 plus exhibits, the Imaginarium Science Center in Fort Myers thrills guests of all ages. The science center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Kids are free to explore living exhibits that showcase animal life and weather in the southwest Gulf Coast region while families enjoy the Sporty Science Arena, a virtual sports simulator, a 3-D movie theater, and much more.
Ostego Bay Marine Science Center
Located on Matanzas Harbor, the Ostego Bay Marine Science Center is one of the top attractions in Fort Myers Beach and the rest of the southwest Florida Gulf Coast.
The center is home to many educational and restoration projects of the region and also features ongoing summer camps for kids and naturalists. Don't miss the center's unique working waterfront tours, the museum in a suitcase, and treasures from the sea exhibits.