Orlando Science Center, Central Florida’s hands-on science museum, is a popular attraction for all ages near downtown Orlando. There’s a lot to do at the Science Center, so make the most of your day by planning ahead to make sure you don’t miss anything!
Explore the Exhibit Halls
Orlando Science Center offers interactive exhibit halls themed to topics including dinosaurs, motion and energy, earth science, and more. If you’re visiting with young children, be sure to spend some time in KidsTown, an 11,000 square-foot space that includes seven distinct zones of skill-building activities designed for early childhood learning through play. NatureWorks is another popular exhibit, where you can see and interact with live animals from Florida and around the world.
The Science Center also recently opened a makerspace, which allows guests to practice maker skills and learn how to use tools like 3D printers, sewing machines, laser cutters and more.
Catch a Film
Orlando Science Center has two theaters that screen educational films daily. In the Dr. Phillips CineDome, a giant-screen theater, you’ll feel like you’re flying over mountaintops or diving into the ocean. The Digital Adventure Theater offers 3D educational films, and on weekends, Hollywood movies to entertain you.
You can check the theater schedule before your visit to see which films will be showing.
Experiment & Simulate
If you’re visiting on a Saturday or Sunday, there are two more hands-on experiences available to you on these days. Visit Dr. Dare’s Lab for open lab experiments, or fly a plane and conduct a flight mission with virtual reality in Flight Lab!
Enjoy Live Shows & Programming
Also on Saturdays & Sundays, catch an entertaining (and educational) live show on topics like animal-inspired technology, reactions that go kaBOOM!, or electrifying energy. There are also daily programs like dinosaur safaris and planet tours inside of the exhibit halls. Check the schedule to find out what programs will be offered on the day of your visit.
Take a Break
Inside of the Science Center, you’ll find a Subway sandwich shop and a coffee concessions shop called The Coffee Spot, offering blends from a local café called Barnie’s Coffee. Guests may also bring their own food into the building. It’s easy to spend a whole day here, so be sure to build in a break for a snack!
If you’d like to get some fresh outdoor air between exhibit halls, Loch Haven Park is located just outside of the building, and re-entrance to the Science Center is quick and easy.
All of the experiences above are included with your general admission ticket, which is $20.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids 11 and under. Children 2 and under get in free.
To learn more about Orlando Science Center, visit osc.org or call (407) 514-2000.