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Emerald Coast Science Center

31 Memorial Pkwy SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-6534
+1 850-664-1261
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Hidden Gem in Fort Walton Beach

Went to the science center today and had an awesome time with the kids. There are so many hands on... read more

Reviewed 30 May 2018
katiemcochran
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Shalimar, Florida
Good place for young children on a rainy day

If you are in town on a beach vacation and it’s rainy, this is a good place to spend the morning... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2018
dchockey21
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Suwanee, Georgia
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Step outside the box and experience science firsthand in our interactive museum including a STEM Makerspace, new exhibits, animal presentations, and more! We’re also only the third museum in the entire country to house SMALLab Learning--a groundbreaking exhibit that places you at the center of the action: your movement is tracked by motion capture cameras, allowing you to walk around on a 15-foot by 15-foot playing field to complete activities. Our museum is also home to over 45 touchable, workable exhibits and over 30 animals. Be sure to stop by and say hello at one of our Creature Features this summer, where your kids can have an unforgettable, amazing time meeting some of our animals up close in a safe learning environment. We also give guests a chance to be amazed by chemistry feats during our Chem Demos, so there is something for everyone this summer at the Science Center. Bring the whole family and discover the difference a hands-on encounter with science can make.
  • Excellent28%
  • Very good36%
  • Average22%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible5%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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31 Memorial Pkwy SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-6534
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

Went to the science center today and had an awesome time with the kids. There are so many hands on activities to do. The new small lab is fabulous-- the kids could have played in just that lab for hours. They had fun doing experiments,...More

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Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

If you are in town on a beach vacation and it’s rainy, this is a good place to spend the morning (about 1.5 to 2 hours) for young children (we went with a 4 and 1 year old). We used our reciprocal museum passes for...More

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Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

A couple of us"mature"adults stopped by to check this out and glad we did. Its a hands on educational space tbat allows you the opportunity to operate everything from robots to robotic arms.Our inner children tried EVERYTHING and actually giggled alot! There are exotic birds,...More

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Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

We homeschool our girls and we were in town on vacation. One morning as it was raining, we decided to have a school day and go here. Well worth the small price and a fun learning experience for all of us.

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Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

We had visited an awesome science center in Oregon last year, so the kids were really excited about going to see this one, but they ended up being really disappointed. Most of the displays involved a lot of reading and not much hands on participation...More

1  Thank Malinda R
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gbayou, Manager at Emerald Coast Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2017

Thanks for your visit. I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy it. We are currently hosting a traveling exhibition, MathAlive!, sponsored by Raytheon. They are bringing the exhibition to science centers located near military bases. With that, military families get free admission...More

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Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

We went to the science of beer hosted by local Grayton Brewery and had a great time. It's nice that they try to host events for adults sometimes.

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Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

As a homeschooling family of a young child and a teen, we often seek out local museums while vacationing for educational and recreational fun suitable for both kiddos. I can honestly say we've never had a complaint or felt disappointed before... until now. If it...More

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Diane F, Manager at Emerald Coast Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2017

Thanks for your visit and review. You touch on some issues that we are working to correct. Even though our facilities are a bit old and dated, the building is new to us, having moved to this location in Nov 2014. We are purchasing the...More

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Reviewed 23 March 2017

We are members of the St Louis Science Center, and we like to visit other locations. There are some great activities here for kids.

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Reviewed 6 March 2017

This science museum will delight kids with its hands-on activities. There was plenty to do in the 90 minutes that we were there. Plus there's a playground in the park next to the museum so there's a place to get the kids' energy out.

Thank Barry L
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Diane F, General Manager at Emerald Coast Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2017

Thank you for your review, we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed 3 February 2017

The kids we took had fun and loved it, that's the important thing. Adults will find the displays humble and well worn, but the kids are the important ones. The kids were 5 and 9. don't plan on much more than an hour to cover...More

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Diane F, General Manager at Emerald Coast Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2017

While we are a small nonprofit, we are looking forward to some of our newer exhibits that are in the process of being installed. We are glad your children had fun!

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Admission prices: Under 2 years old-free Children- $7.00 Adults (over 18)-$9.00 Seniors-$8.00 Our hours are 10 am -4 pm, Tuesday-Saturday
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