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Discovery Place Nature

#56 of 180 things to do in Charlotte Features Animals
1658 Sterling Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209-1548
+1 704-372-6261
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Not much for its hype.

Only good for younger children. Taking older children there was not enough involvement or... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jacob L
via mobile
Small but nice

We came here for something new to see. Took the bird hike and learned quite about the local birds... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
Hackettstown, New Jersey
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Nature-based fun and learning awaits in every corner of Discovery Place Nature. Little ones can get close to wildlife and walk among free-flying butterflies in Butterfly Pavilion, observe live animals in Creature Cavern, buzz by Insect Alley, hang out in Our Big Backyard, walk the Paw Paw Nature Trail in the 100-year-old forest or go wild in Fort Wild.
  • Excellent26%
  • Very good40%
  • Average20%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible3%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1658 Sterling Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209-1548
+1 704-372-6261
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1 - 10 of 76 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Only good for younger children. Taking older children there was not enough involvement or presentations readily available. The park was the best park about the nature center. Save your money and go to Greensboro Science Center or NC ZOO.

Thank Jacob L
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

We came here for something new to see. Took the bird hike and learned quite about the local birds and plants. Guide was very nice. Spent more time here than I thought we would. Will defiantly go back.

Thank SusieJota
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

I loved it. It's perfect for kids and families. I wouldn't recommend the planetarium show for kids under 6 but I was enjoyed it. They have live animal exhibits and bee hives and a lovely outdoor area. We managed to spend a couple of hours...More

Thank karaybon
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Myself and 3 other moms took our 8 kids there ranging in ages from 3 to 6. We spent 2 hours there and most of it was spent outside in the Backyard Play area. There is also a short nature trail that walks a loop...More

Thank luv2travelkms
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Went here with my granddaughter's class trip and I took along my two year old grandson. They both enjoyed the reptiles, butterflies and insects.

Thank R H
Reviewed 5 April 2017

We met a relative here for something to do on a rainy day in Charlotte. It's decidedly a children's museum, but all 3 adults enjoyed it as well. We saw an IMAX show and especially enjoyed the aquatic exhibits. Lovely little museum.

Thank Tootsum
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

A Charlotte staple if you have kids. Beautiful butterfly dome. Small store and great water feature where the kids can learn about weather and get their hands wet!

Thank KathyJ461
Reviewed 19 February 2017

The boys had fun looking at all the animals and playing in the interactive areas. The outdoor space is very nice, too. It is a bit small, but worth a visit.

Thank Erika M
Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Great place for the kids to learn about nature. Kids are having a nice time learning about different animals and nature.

Thank DNaz-T21
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Took our 3 year old. He liked the tunnels, and outdoor park. For $8 dollars a piece, we will pass next time. The website makes it to be much larger than it is. Some live animals, but most are stuffed. Spent 45 minutes, and it...More

Thank jb28053
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13 April 2017|
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Response from KathyJ461 | Reviewed this property |
Yes! Thats the perfect age for this nature center!
7 April 2016|
Response from suzukiT | Reviewed this property |
There are many indoor displays, not so many outdoors, but lots of play and discovery areas outside, picnic area, interactive and fun for ages to about 8yrs. Lots to enjoy, hope you'll try it.
7 April 2016|
Response from EnviroGranny | Reviewed this property |
The displays are mostly inside a building, but the play area is mostly outside - my grandsons ages 4 years and 18 months just loved playing there with the wheel barrows and logs, etc., and there is a nice deck where you can... More

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