Discovery Place Nature, Charlotte

3.5
#13 of 15 in Museums in Charlotte
In 1951, Discovery Place Nature opened as one of the first facilities in the southeast focused on bringing families and nature together. Discovery Place Nature visitors may walk among free-flying butterflies, observe live animals, buzz around with insects or hang out in the natural world. Daily programming including puppet shows and hands-on activities provide the opportunity for structured learning and informal play for the young and old alike.
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  • Discovery Nature was a fun place to visit. One of a group of Museums. Our 4 yr old Grandson had a blast. Bugs, snakes, turtles, mammals and more. He lasted about an hour and a half. Then it was time t...  more »
  • My 3 year old and 18 month old were pretty entertained here for about an hour and a half (no small feat), but not a ton to do here and I see this as a one time thing for a rainy day. Came here on a Sa...  more »
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  • 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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