Visiting Florida doesn't have to be all about the beach; there are plenty of museums and science centers in Orlando that cater to all interests, tastes, and age ranges. Visiting a museum can be an opportunity for a family to have fun while learning about something interesting and sparking curiosity.
Most museums and science centers in Orlando have very reasonable rates and offer day passes and package specials. Here are some of the must-see museums during a trip to Orlando. Here are a few of our favorites.
Orlando Science Center
The Orlando Science center offers engaging and educational exhibits for people of all ages to explore their inner scientist. The center features four whole floors of exhibits, plus an observatory and a large screen theatre for movies and planetarium shows. The gift shop features science kits and games so that the fun can continue at home. Kids can pretend they are meteorologists reporting on the weather or find out what it’s like to be a pilot in a flight simulator!
Ripley’s Believe It or Not
This isn’t your typical museum! Stock full of displays, artifacts, and the ‘Odditorium,’ Ripley’s is a testament to the bizarre and unconventional. Featuring a luxury car made completely out of matchsticks, a real-life mummy, a shrunken head, and a calf with two heads, the museum has 16 galleries to explore.
The Museum of Arts and Sciences
This museum is a gorgeous way to spend an afternoon working your way indoors to the air-conditioned planetarium and nine permanent exhibits, then outdoors to explore the grounds of the ninety-acre park the museum is located on. This museum features the largest collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia as well as a huge collection of at from around the globe.
Families with young kids know that nothing captures the imagination of little ones like prehistoric lizards! Dinosaur World is the largest dino attraction, with more than 150 real-size dinosaurs and tons of activities for kids of all ages. From pretending to be an archaeologist digging for fossils in the Fossil Dig to eating a brown bag lunch in the Caves, there is simply too much to even see in an afternoon! After you’re done roaming the jungle, check out the gift shop, which features toy fossils and dino eggs. It gets the best gift shop award among the museums and science centers in Orlando.
Orange County History Center
This five floor courthouse, which was restored beautifully in 1927, gives a narrative of how Orange County developed from a citrus agricultural economy to a booming center of tourism and industry. There is a lot of hands-on exhibits to keep kids busy (at least for a little while), and adults can check out the Road to Modern Orlando or the Pioneer Cracker Home.
Kennedy Space Center
Of all the museums and science centers in Orlando, the Kennedy Space Center is among the most cutting-edge. Home to NASA’s huge launch center, millions travel to the center to see the live shows and explore the simulators. Get some space history with the Astronaut Hall of Fame, or catch a film, at the IMAX theater. People of all ages can enjoy exploring rockets and eating among the stars.
From dinosaurs to Coca-Cola, and rocket ships to mummies, the museums and science centers in Orlando are among the most entertaining and educational in the world. Getting out of the sun and into an exhibit that captures the imagination and stimulates thinking should be a goal for every family trip. These are exhibits you’ll only find in Orlando – no other city can touch the Kennedy Space Center or Dinosaur World, so make sure to pencil in an afternoon to get your thinking hats on at the museums and science centers in Orlando!
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