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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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Red Roof Inn Santa Ana
Red Roof Inn Santa Ana

Red Roof Inn Santa Ana

2600 N Main St, Santa Ana
     
    3.0
    of 5, from 359 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 and Crystal Cathedral are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Santa Ana Travel Inn
    Santa Ana Travel Inn

    Santa Ana Travel Inn

    2005 North Main Street, Santa Ana
       
      2.5
      of 5, from 45 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.

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      A Beautiful Private Home Near Disneyland, the Beach and so Much More!

      A Beautiful Private Home Near Disneyland, the Beach and so Much More!

      , Santa Ana
         
        0.0 out of 5.0

        This family-friendly Santa Ana vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Discovery Science Center and Bowers Museum. Crystal Cathedral and Angel Stadium of Anaheim are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Civic Center Inn Santa Ana
        Civic Center Inn Santa Ana

        Civic Center Inn Santa Ana

        2720 N Grand Ave, Santa Ana
           
          1.6
          of 5, from 105 reviews
          2.0 out of 5.0

          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).

          Days Inn by Wyndham Orange Anaheim
          Days Inn by Wyndham Orange Anaheim

          Days Inn by Wyndham Orange Anaheim

          279 S Main St, Orange
             
            3.0
            of 5, from 144 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).

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            Disneyland, Anaheim Convention Center , Little Saigon, Honda Center, Angels Sta

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            , Santa Ana
               
              5.0
              of 5, from 1 reviews
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              Located in the heart of Santa Ana, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Discovery Science Center, Bowers Museum, and Crystal Cathedral. Angel Stadium of Anaheim is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) away.

              Best Western Plus Meridian Inn & Suites, Anaheim-Orange
              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 3,727 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.

                Best Western Orange Plaza
                Best Western Orange Plaza

                Best Western Orange Plaza

                1302 W Chapman Avenue, Orange
                   
                  4.1
                  of 5, from 352 reviews
                  2.5 out of 5.0

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