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Orlando Science Center

Education is fun with the help of interactive exhibits, movies, shows and live animals. 

Look for a white building with a huge aluminium dome to find Orlando’s shrine to science. The Orlando Science Center (OSC) includes four levels covering diverse topics, from the solar system to the human body, computers to Florida’s ecosystem.

The landmark dome is the Crosby Observatory, home to Florida's largest publicly accessible refractor telescope. Join in a viewing session to see the surface of the sun or the planets in the night sky. Check the SunWatch and SkyWatch schedule ahead of your visit as these events are subject to weather conditions.

In the Dr. Phillips CineDome, watch movies about coral reefs, Mount Everest and even outer-space debris in Space Junk. The CineDome shows movies on a huge 8,000-square-foot (743-square-meter) screen and uses the world’s largest format of film. CineDome shows are included in the Full Experience entry price.

Science Live! Exhibits, held regularly in several small auditoriums, are live presentations of fascinating experiments. The programs are based around a theme that changes monthly. At Christmas time, for example, you might see frosty experiments with liquid nitrogen.

Take the controls of a replica Mars Rover in Our Planet, Our Universe and collect rock samples to bring back to Earth. At DinoDigs, examine replica dinosaur fossils before unearthing your own in an excavation site.

NatureWorks has recreated environments like Sinkhole Lake and Cypress Swamp. Kids will love this exhibit hall for the chance to touch the animals that live in the Central Florida ecosystem, including snakes, turtles and insects. There are usually two animal feeding times per day for larger creatures such as the stingray and alligator. 

Allow at least half a day to see the OSC. Everything at the center is indoors, including the cafeteria. This makes it an especially great place to visit in wet weather, or in the humid summer; however, that is the peak tourist season, when many families travel during school vacation.


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Located in the heart of Orlando, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Theatre Downtown and Florida Hospital Orlando. Orlando Science Center and Orlando Museum of Art are also within 10 minutes.

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1960s Charmer ~ Downtown Orlando ~ Central Location To All Attractions

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Situated in Orlando, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Theatre Downtown, Florida Hospital Orlando and Mennello Museum of American Art. Orlando Science Center and Orlando Museum of Art are also within 15 minutes.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown

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Located in Downtown Orlando, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of St. James Cathedral, Theatre Downtown and Cathedral Church of St. Luke. Lake Eola Park and Florida Hospital Orlando are also within 2 miles (3 km).

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Courtyard by Marriott Orlando Downtown

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Located in Downtown Orlando, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. James Cathedral, Lake Eola Park and Cathedral Church of St. Luke. Orange County Regional History Center and Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts are also within 1 mile (2 km).

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Crowne Plaza Orlando - Downtown

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Residence Inn by Marriott Orlando Downtown

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