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“A fun hands-on nature center”

Discovery Place Nature
Ranked #64 of 189 things to do in Charlotte
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Nature-based fun and learning awaits in every corner of Discovery Place Nature. Little ones can get close to wildlife and walk among free-flying butterflies in Butterfly Pavilion, observe live animals in Creature Cavern, buzz by Insect Alley, hang out in Our Big Backyard, walk the Paw Paw Nature Trail in the 100-year-old forest or go wild in Fort Wild.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great place to take children, as well as adults! There are animals, places to explore and climb, and lots of hands-on exploring and playing to learn about nature. And you can explore the outside trail and ponds, check out the eagle, and walk through the butterfly room!

Thank Allthedaisies
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Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

We have a family membership to discovery place and went here for Earth Day. We might have spent an hour here, but we had to try hard. I guess it might not be for 5 and 8 year olds. We just were not impressed. Luckily there are two awesome parks and freeways nearby.

Thank Annalee T
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

I like that the center is tucked away in a residential area but still surrounded by large trees and a park. This is a small center but it is well maintained and has a very friendly staff. Nice exhibits including a butterfly garden. They have a small eating area if you want to bring a lunch. You can see the whole center in an hour or two. They have a walking nature trail out back when the weather is nice. Prices are fair. Free parking.

1  Thank Rather_Nomadic
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Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

We took our 3 year old one day during the week to Discovery Place Nature.
He enjoyed the turtles and a few of the educational game exhibits and the area with toys near the back. He also really liked the bug display/photo ops.
We were a bit disappointed by a few exhibits not working and the ones that were, were looking pretty run down. The butterfly pavilion was a bust as the weather was too cold for the butterflies. Our son had basically no interest in the taxidermy animals and any displays that were not interactive. The highlight of the museum seems to be the baby alligator feeding, but that didn’t really keep his attention either.
We were done with everything within 30 minutes or so but ended up staying an hour so we felt like we got our money’s worth.
My son enjoyed his time and the staff is very friendly, hence the 4 stars, but I can’t imagine a child over 6 or 7 would be entertained, and my husband and I found it a bit expensive for what was there (admission was $8 each, $5 each would be more appropriate). I would not drive the hour for us to go back.

Parking was free, no restaurant/cafe but drink & snack machines are available. Also, gps directed us to a facility across freedom park from the museum (they told us it happens very frequently and provided a print out on directions to the museum) so make sure you have the proper address, don’t just type “discovery place nature” into your gps...

1  Thank AshHatMac
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Reviewed 23 November 2017

Visited the place with small grandchildren. The place is well organized with many interesting exhibitions. The children especially liked and enjoyed the presentation by the knowledgeable and friendly staff and touch the objects. Wish we had more time to spend more hours.

Thank Kuhn H
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