South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
4801 Dreher Trail North
West Palm Beach, FL
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm / Sat & Sun: 10am-6pm
The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium features more than 50 hands-on educational exhibits, a 10,000 gallon fresh and salt water aquarium, a newly renovated digital planetarium, Conservation Research Station, Florida Exhibit Hall, traveling exhibits, a physics forest, dinosaur trail, gem panning station, human sundial, splash pad, and an open-air amphitheater for live science shows and cultural performances.
The South Florida Science Museum opened in 1961 as a learning environment specific to natural science and natural history. In 1964, a new wing housing the planetarium opened, originally dedicated by and named after astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the moon.
In 2013, the museum was renamed the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium with the addition of a 6,000 square foot building addition that houses the “Aquariums of the Atlantic” gallery and a 3,000 square foot Florida-themed permanent exhibit hall featuring a “River of Grass” Everglades exhibit, an interactive NOAA Science on a Sphere exhibit, and a Student Science Showcase area for winning science projects from the Palm Beach County School District. There is also a 5,000 square foot Hall of Discovery, containing 30 new and rehabilitated hands-on exhibits, an upgraded planetarium, a 1,000 square foot early childhood education room with water play, photo booth, seating area and a light/bright wall, and an upgraded theater.
In 2016, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium completed construction of a one-of-a-kind Conservation Golf Course, an 18-hole miniature putting green designed by local PGA legends Gary Nicklaus and Jim Fazio. Each hole on the course is named for an animal or plant native to the Florida Everglades and includes a large butterfly haven and landscaping designed to replicate the wetlands found in the grassy waters. The course is open for play during normal Science Center hours.
In 2018, a physics forest, dinosaur trail, gem panning station, human sundial, splash pad, and an open-air amphitheater for live science shows and cultural performances was completed.
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