Discovery Place Nature, Charlotte

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Science Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Discovery Place Nature, formerly Charlotte Nature Museum, is located at 1658 Sterling Road in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Museum features interactive nature exhibits and live animal displays, including a butterfly pavilion, live species, insects, and a variety of native North Carolina animals. The Museum offers many education programs for schools, parents and the public, and features a summer camp program. Daily programming including puppet shows and hands-on activities provide the opportunity for structured learning and informal play.

The museum is located adjacent to the 98-acre Freedom Park.

Discovery Place Nature is part of the Discovery Place brand, an organization of museums in North Carolina that also includes Discovery Place Science, a hands-on science museum in uptown Charlotte, and Discovery Place Kids in Huntersville, North Carolina and Rockingham.
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  • It looks small but we spent and hour and a half here! They have many cool live animals and a cute little play place for little ones. The trail outside was a nice surprise. The butterfly garden was.....  more »
  • I took my son here since I needed to pick up something in Charlotte anyways. I have to admit that I was a little disappointed with this place. It was much smaller than I expected and not as much to do. It was pretty wet outside, which limited those activities. There are a good variety of bugs and small animals to see. The butterfly garden was a little small and didn't see many butterflies. There was a woman water everything, which probably hampered things (couldn't this be done before open hours.) The toddler play (underground something) was cool but small. There was a little water feature in this spot and I can't figure out why it featured little rubber animal models of animals that we don't have in North Carolina or North America for that matter...just odd. There seems to be a lot of "classroom" space which goes unused when there are just daytime visitors coming and going. We went for free since we have a membership to the Museum of Life and Science in Durham. One visit is probably all this place will get. My son enjoyed it, but even he (3 years old) was complaining about the stuff "we already did."
  • We were so happy to find a place like this while on our road trip to stop off at. We were there for several hours, and could have stayed longer. We really enjoyed the alligator feeding, and also the outdoor hammocks/Park. It was educational for the children, and we enjoyed the butterfly house. I especially liked that it was only $8 a person, and it was the highlight of our trip!

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