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Address: 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA 01604-1899
Phone Number: +1 508-929-2700
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Experience hands-on exhibits and make new discoveries, indoors and...

Experience hands-on exhibits and make new discoveries, indoors and outdoors, at the EcoTarium in Worcester. As New England's leading museum for science and nature, the EcoTarium offers three floors of interactive exhibits, exciting shows in the Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater, daily Science Discovery programs, live animal habitats, nature trails through forest and meadow environments, a tree canopy walkway (seasonal), and unlimited play in the expansive Nature Explore(R) Outdoor Exhibit. Rain or shine, summer or winter, there's always something fun for the whole family to discover at the EcoTarium.

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Become a museum member if you live in Massachusetts. Trust me.

The museum itself is entertaining: it features 3 floors of exhibits - there's a glass floor balcony to test your acrophobia on the top floor, live animal shows for the kids and a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 October 2016
Worcester, Massachusetts
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Alvin, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the kids here on a day trip, it was $50 for 2 kids and 2 adults, more if you wanted to ride the train or see the planetarium, another $12 and $16 respectively. We hit it on a day when there was no one else there, and I think that helped. If you had to wait in line... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The museum itself is entertaining: it features 3 floors of exhibits - there's a glass floor balcony to test your acrophobia on the top floor, live animal shows for the kids and a planeterium/movie theater on the center floor, and the largest floor (lower level) that features constantly changing exhibits, really cool African dioramas, a living swamp exhibit, a kinetic... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Great value-something for everyone! Indoor and outdoor activities- large motor-fine motor skills incorporated in play. Great gift shop

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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31 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We were a bit apprehensive about going after reading some of the reviews but it turned out great. While designed for slightly younger kids my animal lover daughter loved it and there was a nice variety of things to do and see, including taking a nice walk around the property. Fall is half priced so it was a very affordable... More 

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Paxton, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Truly, others may disagree but i don't see what this place is all about. Dark & dank and lets not forget the location! It's a wonder anyone ever finds the place. Save your money.

Thank diner112014
150 Great Wolf Drive
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Because we visited the Eco Tarium this month, September, it was half-price! The only venue that had closed on Labor Day was the Tree Canopy Walk because it is operated by local college students. My six year old grandson was totally amazed at the planetarium, hands-on discoveries, making giant, life size bubbles and riding the train. There are three floors... More 

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Sutton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

we took our summer care kids there this summer and they loved it. lots of hands on for them to try out. we all brought our lunch . there was a spot with picnic tables and a spoit with a huge tent and picnic tables too. there is a concession stand if you want to buy and a gift shop... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

When I was suddenly faced with the daunting prospect of hosting an old friend and her three-year-old granddaughter for a day's visit to Worcester of course I panicked at first, but then thought of meeting them at The Ecotarium. Bubbles. Turtles. Picnic lunch on the patio. Swings, sandboxes and ant farms. Perfect.

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

What a great experience. Well worth the money for the amount of knowledge gained about our environment. Great learning experience for both adults and children.

Thank Picard505
Sutton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

The EcoTarium is geared towards kids and just big enough to not overwhelm. A recently renovated playground is a great place to play in good weather. Exhibits on the ground floor are regularly rotated inside so things don't become stale and they appeal to all ages (adults as well). They also do a great job of having other interactive exhibits... More 

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