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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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Lodging Near Orlando Science Center

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Comfort Suites Downtown

Comfort Suites Downtown

2416 North Orange Avenue, Orlando
4.2
of 5, from 457 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

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.

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

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

114 E Smith St, Orlando
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Orlando, this vacation 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.

$118
DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown

DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown

60 South Ivanhoe Boulevard, Orlando
4.0
of 5, from 1,324 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This modern hotel is great for theme park hoppers - within a 20-minute drive of Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando® Resort, and SeaWorld®. Guests can stroll 2 blocks to take the air by Lake Ivanhoe, or hop on the hotel’s free shuttle and ride to attractions within a 3-mile (4.8-km) radius.

$169
Courtyard by Marriott Orlando Downtown

Courtyard by Marriott Orlando Downtown

730 N Magnolia Ave, Orlando
4.3
of 5, from 652 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

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 mi (2 km).

Walk Score 72 Pool Great Neighborhood

Walk Score 72 Pool Great Neighborhood

730 Yates St, Orlando
4.7
of 5, from 12 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Orlando, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Dubsdread Golf Course, Theatre Downtown, and Florida Hospital Orlando. Mennello Museum of American Art and Orlando Science Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$127
Crowne Plaza Orlando - Downtown

Crowne Plaza Orlando - Downtown

304 W Colonial Drive, Orlando
4.0
of 5, from 1,542 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

The Crowne Plaza Orlando is located right in downtown Orlando, 9 blocks from Amway Center (home of the Orlando Magic) and the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center.

$214
Residence Inn by Marriott Orlando Downtown

Residence Inn by Marriott Orlando Downtown

680 North Orange Avenue, Orlando
4.4
of 5, from 41 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Orlando, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre and Lake Eola Park. Orange County Regional History Center and Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Cute Guest House In Winter Park Minutes From Downtown in Car

Cute Guest House In Winter Park Minutes From Downtown in Car

1880 Staunton Avenue, Winter Park
4.5
of 5, from 4 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Fairview Shores, this property is within 2 mi (3 km) of Winter Park Village, Mead Garden, and Dubsdread Golf Course. Winter Park Historical Museum and Florida Hospital Orlando are also within 2 mi (3 km).