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South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

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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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Nice aquarium, lots of activities for the kids, not too much for the adults. The sea horses were beautiful.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nicole R
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Nice aquarium, lots of activities for the kids, not too much for the adults. The sea horses were beautiful.

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Harrow, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This attraction I feel was way over priced for what you get. We were in and out in an hour. There was no discount for being later in the day. If the price would have also include a pass to the Zoo as well then it may have been worth the $41 to get in for two adults and a... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry your visit did not meet your expectations. Our new traveling exhibit "Amazing Butterflies" is an interactive maze that introduces our guests to butterflies, and then we invite them to visit our new butterfly garden with live butterflies in our backyard. In that giant butterfly garden, we just finished building a beautiful, 18-hole... More 

Lake Worth, Florida
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366 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came here for the first time since I moved to the area 3 years ago. My kids had been previously on class trips and loved it. So we became members and went for the first time. Right now they main exhibit area is between exhibits. Butterfly exhibit starts May 4. That said, there were plenty of activities to keep... More 

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

Thank you for the great review! We are glad you were able to experience everything our Science Center has to offer while our main exhibit hall was in transition. Mr. Why is fantastic and here every weekend, so come back and visit him again soon! More 

Palm Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum has deals every month for a variety of different topics! It is geared more towards children and encouraging them in the field of science but I had a lot of fun and learned a few things as well. it isn't expensive and the grounds are very nice!

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

Thank you for the great review! We pride ourselves in offering fun, educational experiences for guests of all ages. To cater to our more mature audience, we're thrilled to announce our plans to build a permanent, walk-through "Human Brain" exhibit, set to open by the end of 2018! This exhibit will feature the latest technologies and research in neuroscience with... More 

Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great science center for all ages. There were a lot of hands on learning experiences and a wonderful aquarium. There is also an outdoor play area with putt-putt golf.

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

Thank you for the great review! We're glad you were able to experience our brand new, 18-hole Conservation Golf Course! More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here with my two tweens while on vacation. More geared towards smaller kids I think. Lots of hands on for little kids. Mostly do-it-yourself/read-it yourself exhibits vs some other museums which have live presentations. Human body exhibit where they had cut up cross-sections of bodies was a little creepy unless you are in the medical field. We were done... More 

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

Thank you for the review. Your feedback is very helpful to us. We are always working hard to provide unique, exciting experiences for the whole family and hope that everyone leaves our museum with a new piece of knowledge. We are excited to announce that we are continuing our Science Center expansion with our backyard project, which has brought a... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

It's too expensive for the size of the center. For the most part, the "aquarium" is a handful of fish tanks and the "science center" is a handful of interactive exhibits. It took us less than an hour to explore the exhibits.

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

Thank you for the review. Your feedback is very helpful to us. We are always working hard to provide unique, exciting experiences for the whole family and hope that everyone leaves our museum with a new piece of knowledge. We are excited to announce that we are continuing our Science Center expansion with our backyard project, which has brought a... More 

Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

We bought a Groupon for 4 people and took 2 of our grandchildren. It is not very big but then the kids did not have time to get bored! The aquarium is small but very interesting but the Bodies Exhibition was very COOL!! We thought it was just plastic replicas but it is actual bodies showing the way the body... More 

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

Thanks for the great review! We're so glad you were able to take advantage of our Groupon deal. We are no longer running that special, but if you wish to return in the near future, we do offer $2 off discounts when you check-in on Facebook. Valid for up to 4 people in your party! The "Our Body" exhibit has... More 

Plantation
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

We loved the Bodies expo! Kids are 8 and under on spring break. The whole museum has something for all ages. Definitely a nice trip out w the family.

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

Thank you for the great review! We are glad you were able to visit the "Our Body" exhibit. We currently are hosting "Amazing Butterflies" which is a giant, interactive maze that teaches guests of all ages about the lifecycle of a butterfly. Next up is "Astronaut" which is scheduled to open this Fall. Stay tuned to our website and social... More 

New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

We got a Groupon for this attraction. Took our three year old granddaughter. Aquarium is not huge but very interesting and we got to experience staff feeding many of the fish. The children's play center was great and my granddaughter could have spent days at the giant water table. The new mini golf course is beautiful, but I think kids... More 

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

Thank you for your great review! We're glad you were able to experience our Science Center and Aquarium. We love offering programs like the Aquarium Fish Feeding for our guests to have a more dynamic learning experience. If your granddaughter loved the Discovery Center, she will absolutely love our brand new early childhood playground! We just opened this area last... More 

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