Looking for the perfect indoor activity to beat the heat or to stay dry on a rainy day? Look no further! The Orlando Science Center has spent 60 years creating fun, interactive, educational activities the whole family can enjoy. The Science Center features four floors of exciting exhibits, along with giant screen movies and live programming. The exhibits change from time to time, so you can enjoy something different each time you go. Current exhibits include:
- Science Live – digital adventure theater stage shows, story time, animal interactions and more
- Exhibit Halls – nature, planets, art, KidsTown and more
- Science Stations – weather, space and SimMan
- Science Around Us – ask a scientist and get experiments to try at home
- Crosby Observatory – depending upon the time of year, you can observe different planets and galaxies
- and many more!
Educational films are offered every day at the Orlando Science Center. These are awesome to see on the 8,000 square foot giant screen! The films feature different topics for several weeks then a new film is scheduled. Some are in 2D, others in 3D. Admission includes one 3D movie. If you want to view others, tickets can be purchased for about $9 or $10.
Orlando Science Center Special Exhibits
Many special exhibits are featured at this museum. Some are world renowned and well worth the admission ticket. The Mummies of the World exhibit for example is one of the most guarded exhibits ever to be on display at the museum. It will be on exhibit through November of 2016. Other exhibits that have been on display cover health and healing; music and guitars; light shows; astronomy and bugs!
Some exhibits are so popular, they return every few years. Be sure to check the current featured exhibit before you go. Some exhibits are more interesting for children; others are better suited for older visitors. The museum is very good at making most all of their exhibits family-friendly.
Reoccurring Shows and Special Engagements
In 2010, brought back by popular demand, were the full-color Rock ‘n Roll laser light shows. They ran every Saturday night through the end of summer. There were kid-friendly shows, as well as a new 1980s show, which included music by Michael Jackson, Guns N’ Roses and U2. The Classic Rock a GoGo included classic rock music from Bob Seger and The Doors. Also featured were The Beatles and Pink Floyd. If this show comes back to OSC, you will not want to miss this sensory experience of bright lights, intense graphics, and great music!
Admission & Other Costs
Be sure to budget for the $5 parking charge when you attend this Orlando attraction, or you can take the Sun Rail. Admission cost is:
- Adult (12-54) $20.95
- Seniors (55 and up) & Students (with valid ID) $18.95
- Youth (3-11) $14.95
- Two and Under FREE
Operating Hours are:
- Monday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Wednesday: Closed
- Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Orlando Science Center is open on most major holidays except for Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. It is located at 777 E. Princeton St., Orlando, FL 32803. For more information go to osc.org, or call 407-514-2000.
This indoor attraction combines fun and knowledge under one roof and is approximately 12 miles from the Orlando tourist area. Check their website for show times and pricing. Even if you’re not trying to beat the heat or find an indoor activity, you will not want to miss this interesting and fun thing to do in Orlando!