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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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Fun but pricey!

We came to this attraction to give my 4 year old twins something to do to avoid the rain. It is a little on the small side for the price and really the price is the only reason... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 February 2016
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48 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

We loved every minute of it. The exhibits were great the aquarium side was even better. Fun filled Saturday. Tons of interactive exhibits. It is a little pricey for a smaller museum, but we found it to be worth it.

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Thank Ashlie T
Melinda V, Marketing Coordinator at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! We are so glad you enjoyed the exhibits and our Aquarium. Stay tuned for exciting, new outdoor experiences including more hands-on exhibits, a splash pad, an 18-hole miniature golf course and much more -- coming soon! More 

Montreal, Canada
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59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016

Over the years we have visited a lot of science centers and aquariums and this was one of the weakest showings yet. It is particularly disappointing given the area it is in. There is little to interest a child beyond 7-8 years of age. If this was located in a small town in the middle of nowhere I could understand... More 

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Melinda V, Marketing Coordinator at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We are always working diligently to provide new, exciting experiences for the whole family. We are thrilled to announce that we are continuing our expansion with our backyard project, which will bring a brand new, 18-hole Conservation Mini Golf Course, Physics Forest, Splash Pad, Giant Human Sun Dial, a Butterfly Garden and much more! We... More 

West Palm Beach, Florida
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42 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

My family (2 adults and 2 boys ages 8 &12) just went to Sweet Science night at the museum. From 6-9 pm on the last Friday of the month, the museum offers a fun night for families. We made rock salt ice cream, searched for chocolate bones, and ate popcorn, along with all of the exhibits in the museum. The... More 

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Melinda V, Marketing Coordinator at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! We are so glad you enjoyed the exhibits and our Nights at the Museum event. We are just as excited for our continued expansion efforts and welcome new and existing visitors alike! This is our home too and strive to bring both locals and other visitors the best. More 

jmckinnon497
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016 via mobile

We came to this attraction to give my 4 year old twins something to do to avoid the rain. It is a little on the small side for the price and really the price is the only reason not for 5 stars, if I could have gotten a coupon it would have been better, it was 74$ for 5 of... More 

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Melinda V, Marketing Coordinator at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We are always working hard to provide unique, exciting experiences for the whole family at a reasonable price. We are thrilled to announce that we are continuing our expansion with our backyard project, which will bring a brand new, 18-hole Conservation Mini Golf Course, Physics Forest, Splash Pad, Giant Human Sun Dial, a Butterfly Garden... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

The science museum has been around for many years and has worked hard to keep up with the times. There are many year round interactive exhibits and depending on the traveling exhibit, you can see some really neat things (dinosaurs, Titanic, mummies). There is also a mini golf outdoor area and a subway restaurant. The planetarium show is usually interesting... More 

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Melinda V, Marketing Coordinator at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for the review! We are proud to bring some of the best traveling exhibits to the South Florida area and we love offering a variety of events for everyone in the family. We are also excited to announce a complete reconstruction of our back yard with a brand new 18-hole conservation course (Summer 2016) and tons of other... More 

Racine, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

This is a quick visit - not a huge facility...but our kids loved it and enjoyed all the exhibits. I was impressed by their aquarium and all the information and education provided throughout the visit. Well done.

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Melinda V, Marketing Coordinator at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! We are so glad you enjoyed our Aquarium and other experiences throughout the Science Center. We are thrilled to continue our expansion with new outdoor experiences, starting with a brand new, 18-hole conservation mini golf course (Summer 2016) and other exhibits such as a Physics Forest, Music Station, Splash Pad, Giant Human Sun Dial, a Butterfly... More 

Fort Lauderdale FL
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88 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

Brought our family here in December and kids had a blast with the aquarium, dinosaur and toddler room....Loved the life size Light Bright with pegs; this museum is big enough and small enough for a family outing. I like how contained it feels.

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Thank aleighm
Melinda V, Marketing Coordinator at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for the awesome review! We are so glad you and your family had a blast. The huge Light Bright is one of our favorites as well! Stay tuned for more exciting experiences on the horizon, like our backyard expansion and new traveling exhibits this summer! More 

Lake Worth, Florida
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

Very overpriced for what you get. Kind of OK aquarium but that is about it. The science exhibits are pretty lame, even for kids. Planetarium shows cost extra. If it was free it might be OK.

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Thank Danny R
Melinda V, Marketing Coordinator at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We are always working hard to provide unique, exciting experiences for the whole family. We are thrilled to announce that we are continuing our expansion with our backyard project, which will bring a brand new, 18-hole Conservation Mini Golf Course, Physics Forest, Splash Pad, Giant Human Sun Dial, a Butterfly Garden and much more! We... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

It will take you an hour to do and see most stuff, BOA museum-on-us first weekend each month A family park in front and the zoo is near by to make it a whole day.

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Melinda V, Marketing Coordinator at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We love offering the BOA "Museums on Us" deal the first weekend of each month! For more information on our discounts and deals, please visit our website. Also, we are still expanding! We are thrilled to announce that we are continuing our expansion with our backyard project, which will bring a brand new, 18-hole Conservation... More 

SAINT PETERSBURG
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 283 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2016

We visited the South Florida Science Center for the first time in conjunction with a trip to Lion Country Safari and the two attractions can easily be combined in a full day trip. Admission was $15 for Seniors and there is free parking. There was a $5.00 additional charge for the Planetarium show. The museum is basically divided into three... More 

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Thank ERIC S
Melinda V, Marketing Coordinator at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are glad you were able to visit the amazing exhibit, Dinosaurs Around the World while it is still in town. Stay tuned for more exciting traveling exhibits in the Summer and Fall of this year. Also, we offer a variety of different Planetarium shows for people of all ages! If you are a fan... More 

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