One of the best options for my family when we visit a new city is a stop at local kid’s museums. These keep my sons entertained, allowing the boysto learn more about the destination and other useful scientific facts. This time we visited Discovery Place in Charlotte, North Carolina. We all had a lot of fun.

Discovery Place Charlotte is much more than a science museum. This North Carolina gem is jam packed with shows, IMAX and so much more.

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Discovery Place in Charlotte, North Carolina

If you travel with kids, I don’t have to tell you that you have a limited amount of time to explore any new location. A good place to start is a visit to local kid’s museum, science museum or some sort of cultural center. That way you’ll stimulate and keep the kids active.

But let’s face it – when you visit these places you usually know what you are going to get.

This time, I was planning a family visit to Charlotte, North Carolina. I was able to research tons and tons of options for our trip. However, everyone I talked to kept recommending a visit to the Discovery Place.

I always like to get the advice of professionals, so for this trip I contacted the Charlotte’s Tourism Board. Kristen was the one who replied. She immediately hopped on the same band wagon. If I only have a chance to do ONE THING this is it.

So, off to the Discovery Place for some fun.

Another great recommendation I got was to get a car. Charlotte isn’t a walking city but it is still easy to get around in a car. Fortunately Charlotte has lots of parking spots.

We rented with Enterprise in Pineville, which was great to work with.

Discovery Place Charlotte – Much More Than a Kid’s Museum or Science Center

Actually, the place is a bit of both, but my favorite part is the amount of interactive shows and presentations that they have going on all day. The best part is that they are all included in the admission fee.

Discovery Place Charlotte is much more than a science museum. This North Carolina gem is jam packed with shows, IMAX and so much more.

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

In it you will find:

– Tons of 3-D short educational movies.
– Science, hands-on, interactive shows.
– Stimulating exhibits for all ages.

Since this is a place that is mainly directed towards kids, I was sure that this was going to be a quick one hour visit. But we ended up being there for more than three hours. I even had to move our reservations at a restaurant to be able to spend more time at Discovery Place.

I also decided that it would be a fun experience to splurge and do the IMAX experience. My recommendation – choose an IMAX movie that is good for your kids’ ages. My 12 year old loved it, while my 5 year old preferred the exhibits.

Fun Facts and History for Kids Discovery Place Charlotte 

as collected from the Charlotte Nature Museum web site

  • In 1951, Charlotte Nature Museum opened as a place to bring families and nature together.
  • Because of its success the community approved funding and plans for a comprehensive hands-on science and technology center.
  • In 1981, Discovery Place opened its doors.
  • In 1986, exhibition space was added to accommodate traveling exhibitions
  • In 1991 the Charlotte Observer IMAX® Dome Theatre opened as the first giant-screen motion picture theatre in the Carolinas.
  • In June 2010, the Museum finished an 18-month, $31.6 million renovation, resulting in a completely transformed museum.
  • Discovery Place KIDS museum opened in 2010 in Huntersville, N.C.
  • A second Discovery Place KIDS opened in 2013 in Rockingham, N.C.
  • Discovery Place Education Studio at the Bank of America STEM Center for Career Development opened in the spring of 2014.
Discovery Place Charlotte is much more than a science museum. This North Carolina gem is jam packed with shows, IMAX and so much more.

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

The Exhibits

– Explore More Life lab – A hands-on lab about biodiversity
– Science Buzz – A multimedia exploration of science in the news.
– Discovery 3D Theatre – A digital movie experience.
– Think It Up – Full of activities that facilitate engagement in the processes of innovation.
– Project Build – Visitors get to illustrate and conceptualize, creating building sketches, developing floor plans, and designing functional and useful buildings.
– Cool Stuff – Offers families the opportunity to discover the beauty and strangeness of physics.
– Explore More Stuff Lab – Learn what is “stuff” and how does it change?
– KidScience – This is the early childhood exhibition where young children, ages 0-7 learn about science and math as they experiment, create and play together.
– Explore More Collections Lab – Visitors engage in the process of finding, identifying and connecting objects with the natural world.

Information for Visiting Discovery Place

Address: 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
Phone: 704-372-6261,

Prices
Adults $15.00
Children / Seniors $12.00
IMAX Discovery Film

Adults $10.00
Children / Seniors $9.00
Museum + IMAX Discovery Film

Adults $20
Children / Seniors $17

Hours
Sunday: noon – 5:00 p.m.
Mon – Fri 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.