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Discovery Place

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Address: 301 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202-2138
Phone Number: +1 704-372-6261
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09:00 - 17:00
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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
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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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Educational and entertaining visit

My (adult) sister and I went to Discovery Place because we wanted to see an IMAX movie and decided to buy the dual ticket. We really enjoyed the science portion and the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
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Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My (adult) sister and I went to Discovery Place because we wanted to see an IMAX movie and decided to buy the dual ticket. We really enjoyed the science portion and the natural/aquarium section of Discovery Place. The highlight, for us, was the Genghis Khan exhibit which was interactive and over following with artifacts and information and the Mysteries of... More 

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Ponce, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I thought it was for kids but i was wrong ,, Still a lot to learn ,See how thigs work at extremes. I Max was about international space station and how you can see the earth climate changes from space. Very Good!!

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Thank Luis C
Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is really an incredible place for learning. A true hands on experience and my husband and I enjoyed it as much as our daughters!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Being new to Charlotte, My husband and I had driven by the Discovery Place several times, and decided to stop in while walking through Uptown. Even though it appears to be educational for kids, I as an adult had a really good time. I even learned a few things myself.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a great museum for young kids. But there's not much there to interest adults or even teens. Maybe one of the traveling exhibits would be interesting but there wasn't one when we visited. Both of us felt we wasted $17 each. The few aquariums they have are pretty but not worth the visit unless you have kids with you.

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Owego, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always took my class there and they always found many interesting scientific explorations from which to choose - great imax movies too!

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There was not a lot to do here. I have been to several children's museums that have things for adults, but this one missed the mark. it was also very small and did not have a lot of things that were interesting. The madhouse of kids from field trips also made it a bit noisy. It was EXPENSIVE for what... More 

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Discovery Place is always a good time for everyone. A place to see kids learn and grow. Usually, have a very good amount of things for all ages. Very interactive. In the past, I know they have had wonderful exhibits pass through the doors. Be sure to plan ahead as when it is very crowded it becomes loud and lose... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our day at Discovery Place. So informative and staff were amazing. Only 1 problem we had. We have a big van for handicapped accessibility. Could not fit in parking garage and had to drop my husband off at the door and drive all around downtown with my grandson to find s parking garage we could park in... More 

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Woodstock, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I took my nephews here at Christmas time and they had a blast. I used to go here as a kid and couldn't believe how much it's changed since then. But it's a fun place to explore science, hands on experiments. I wouldn't say it's a place to go for adults alone. But bring kiddos. The best part was a... More 

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