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The Discovery Center

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Address: 898 State Park Rd, Swanton, MD 21561-2301
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+1 301-387-7067
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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The kids enjoyed it!

It's not a very big place but we were just looking for something to do to kill a little time before dinner. The kids really enjoyed it! They got to see butterflies, turtles... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2016
Pasadena, Maryland
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Pasadena, Maryland
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

It's not a very big place but we were just looking for something to do to kill a little time before dinner. The kids really enjoyed it! They got to see butterflies, turtles, snakes, eagles and other nature things.

Thank Spacet35
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39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Visited Discovery Center once during our stay. We joined the program, along with many families, for reptiles and amphibians. It was very informative and we touched a snake for the first time. The program was free. The habitat for the presentation animals was on display as were other amphibians. Also on site were some rescued owls and 2 rescued eagles... More 

Thank ladyKrystal
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Enjoyed the brief walk through the Discovery Centre - this place is definitely more for little children to amuse themselves rather than for adults.

Thank Maria N
Utica, New York
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

The nature center is not too large but was a perfect little jaunt right on the lake (can even drive your boat there and dock) for our family. It offered info on the local mine as well as having an aviary and several small animals to look at and explore. My suggestion, time your visit with one of their daily... More 

Thank karenacee
Fairfax, Virginia
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36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016

This was our first time at deep creek lake. We found the Discovery Center online and decided to go check it out. It opened at 10 o'clock and there was also a reptile program that day at 10 o'clock. The presentation was downstairs and was amazing for kids and adults. So informative, they brought out each reptile, and we were... More 

1 Thank Leah M
Swanton, Maryland
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

The development of Deep Creek Lake is explained on picture boards at the center. There are programs about nature and start telling time. Check the web site for a listing. You can come by boat or car. A beautiful natural setting.

Thank MOe65_48
Asheville, North Carolina
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38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

This is a good place. They have lots to look at and do. Adults and children both will learn. The raptor exhibit is amazing !! I enjoyed every minute. The kids had a blast. They had a tye dye shirt making while I was there but sadly I did not get to do it. Please, remember to donate. It helps... More 

Thank Booper82
Fremont, California
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268 reviews
119 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

This center has simply delightful exhibits and live creatures representative of the area on display. Downstairs there are project work stations where the exploration continues. They also host special guided sessions/activities at specific times. Don't forget to visit the raptors exhibit to see these magnificent creatures. There is even a nice gift shop and an historical exhibit of the early... More 

2 Thank Glenn M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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318 reviews
109 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2016

This is a super discovery center on Deep Creek Lake suitable to take kids to learn about animals and nature. There are great walking trails and the beach is nearby to swim, kayak, or hang out. The crew at the Discovery Center are very helpful and love talking and haring knowledge. If you are in Deep Creek Lake please visit... More 

Thank LadyAboutTown
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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103 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2015

I absolutely love this discovery center - It is clean, modern and informative. After a long day of swimming and cooking out at the lake, we always stop here on our way back to the cabin. There are aquatic animals and reptiles inside to see and small exhibits to walk through - There is also a raptor program there that... More 

Thank BethanyLeigh

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