Visiting Panama City Beach, and want to spend the day doing something other than getting sandy? Check out the Science & Discovery Center of Northwest Florida!
Panama City has a lot more to offer than a beach. Sure most people come here on vacation and go to the beach. However, with the ever changing crazy weather we tend to have in Florida, I know too well that the forecast can change at any given moment. Besides going to Pier Park and the Panama City Mall, what can you do indoors on those rainy days?
Check out the Science and Discovery Center of Northwest Florida. Located in town, just a short drive from the beach on Airport Rd, you'll find a fun and educational experience waiting to happen. Wait...wasn't that The Junior Museum? Yes, yes, it was. In April of 2011 the name was changed. Just in case you're confused.
You will find hands-on activities and interactive exhibits that educate children with technology, science, and history.
There are some exhibits that are always there, and others that come and go throughout the year. Always check their calendar for events, because they offer a lot! During the week you will find science spot for tots, animal encounters, homeschooling classes and workshops, and many more.
We happened to attend an event when we went to the Science and Discovery Center. It was a military appreciation day, where the rates were discounted. We had a wonderful time and if you are new to the area, or you happen to be here during one of those events, I suggest you check it out then. They have a lot of hands-on booths set up and they usually pass out gifts to the first 100 kids or so.
Kelsie is 10, and she really enjoyed some of the exhibits. Kayla is 16 and just sort of went because she had never been before. She thought a few things were cool, but would have rather skipped. Again, she's 16. I thought that she would have enjoyed it more, but it's really geared towards a younger crowd. I think that kids under the age of 12 would really enjoy what they have to offer.
If you live in the area, and have little ones, I think a membership would be the way to go! You get unlimited visits and discounts on camps.
Prices for admission is very reasonable at $7 for adults and $6 for children, seniors, and military. They are open Tuesday through Saturday 10-5. They are open most holidays, except the major ones, like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Years.
All opinions are my own, these are our honest reviews. We were in no way compensated for this post.