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Discovery Science Center

Look for the big black cube to find a place where science engages both mind and body. 

The Discovery Science Center (DSC) in Santa Ana is designed for kids, but adults will enjoy its 120 interactive exhibits. Almost all spheres of science are explored, from physics and physiology in the hockey exhibit to seismology in the Shake Shack. DSC covers 59,000-square-feet (5,500-square-meters) of exhibition space.

For an immersive experience try one of the experiential simulators. Feel the power of a hurricane by standing in a wind machine. Push a button and launch a rocket engine into space. Journey through the belly of a dinosaur for a lesson in digestion.

At the Planetary Research Station, watch images of historic storms and earthquakes projected onto a six-foot (1.8-meter) high globe. The science behind recycling is explored in the Eco Challenge exhibit. Pick up your digital shopping cart in the simulated grocery store and learn how to choose food with the greenest packaging. Sort household trash and find out how well you can identify recyclable rubbish. 

The DSC’s best-known feature is the 108-foot (33-meter) tall black cube balanced on one point. The building’s south side is covered in solar panels, which generate ten percent of its electricity. Inside, the cube houses the facility’s most popular exhibit: the Boeing Rocket Lab. Kids will delight in seeing a real Delta Rocket RS-68 Booster Engine hanging from the roof. Experience what a real launch feels like thanks to blasts of fog, sound effects and imagery.

The DSC hosts temporary exhibitions as well as permanent displays. A rotating schedule of short movies also plays in the Discovery Theater. (There’s a small admission fee on top of the general admission.)

Each year, more than 450,000 people visit the DSC, including school field trips as well as tourists. Buy your tickets online to avoid the lines at the ticket box. Patience is required at exhibit lines inside if your visit happens to coincide with touring school groups. 

The DSC is located in central Santa Ana. It’s accessible by public bus and onsite parking is available for a fee. The centre is open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas. 


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Lodging Near Discovery Science Center

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Red Roof Inn Santa Ana $57
Red Roof Inn Santa Ana

Red Roof Inn Santa Ana

2600 N Main St, Santa Ana
     
    3.0
    of 5, from 387 reviews
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    Located in the heart of Santa Ana, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Discovery Science Center and Bowers Museum. Angel Stadium of Anaheim is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

    Santa Ana Travel Inn $69
    Santa Ana Travel Inn

    Santa Ana Travel Inn

    2005 North Main Street, Santa Ana
       
      2.5
      of 5, from 50 reviews
      2.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Santa Ana, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Bowers Museum and Discovery Science Center. Santa Ana Zoo is 2.6 mi (4.3 km) away. Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center is 24 minutes by foot.

      Beautiful House in an Amazing Location! $129
      Beautiful House in an Amazing Location!

      Beautiful House in an Amazing Location!

      , Santa Ana
         
        5.0
        of 5, from 1 reviews
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        This family-friendly Santa Ana vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Discovery Science Center and Bowers Museum. Angel Stadium of Anaheim is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.

        Gorgeous Modern Home Near Downtown, Disneyland, & The Beach $119
        Gorgeous Modern Home Near Downtown, Disneyland, & The Beach

        Gorgeous Modern Home Near Downtown, Disneyland, & The Beach

        , Santa Ana
           
          5.0
          of 5, from 2 reviews
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          Situated in Santa Ana, this apartment building is close to Bowers Museum, Discovery Science Center, and Santa Ana Zoo. Also nearby are Santiago Park and Children's Hospital of Orange County.

          Civic Center Inn Santa Ana $103
          Civic Center Inn Santa Ana

          Civic Center Inn Santa Ana

          2720 N Grand Ave, Santa Ana
             
            1.7
            of 5, from 109 reviews
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            Situated in Santa Ana, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Santiago Park and Discovery Science Center. Bowers Museum and Santa Ana Zoo are also within 3 mi (5 km). Orange Station is 24 minutes by foot.

            Days Inn by Wyndham Orange Anaheim $79
            Days Inn by Wyndham Orange Anaheim

            Days Inn by Wyndham Orange Anaheim

            279 S Main St, Orange
               
              3.0
              of 5, from 156 reviews
              2.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Orange, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Joseph Hospital and Discovery Science Center. Bowers Museum and Angel Stadium of Anaheim are also within 3 mi (5 km). Orange Station is 18 minutes by foot.

              Best Western Plus Meridian Inn & Suites, Anaheim-Orange $108
              Best Western Plus Meridian Inn & Suites, Anaheim-Orange

              Best Western Plus Meridian Inn & Suites, Anaheim-Orange

              720 The City Drive S, Orange
                 
                4.1
                of 5, from 3,806 reviews
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Easily accessed from the freeway, this family-friendly hotel is 1.5 miles from Angel Stadium and 2.3 miles from the Anaheim Convention Center and the Honda Center. Disneyland® Resort is 3 miles away.

                A Very Convenient Location to Disneyland, Restaurant, Shoppingand Beaches
                A Very Convenient Location to Disneyland, Restaurant, Shoppingand Beaches

                A Very Convenient Location to Disneyland, Restaurant, Shoppingand Beaches

                , Santa Ana
                   
                  5.0
                  of 5, from 1 reviews
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                  Situated in Santa Ana, this vacation home is close to Bowers Museum, Discovery Science Center, and Santiago Park. Also nearby are Children's Hospital of Orange County and St. Joseph Hospital.