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Discovery Place Nature

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Address: 1658 Sterling Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209-1548
Phone Number:
+1 704-372-6261
09:00 - 16:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Fri 09:00 - 16:00
Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Nature-based fun and learning awaits in every corner of Discovery Place...

Nature-based fun and learning awaits in every corner of Discovery Place Nature. Little ones can get close to wildlife and walk among free-flying butterflies in Butterfly Pavilion, observe live animals in Creature Cavern, buzz by Insect Alley, hang out in Our Big Backyard, walk the Paw Paw Nature Trail in the 100-year-old forest or go wild in Fort Wild.

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We met a relative here for something to do on a rainy day in Charlotte. It's decidedly a children's museum, but all 3 adults enjoyed it as well. We saw an IMAX show and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Orchard Park, New York
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Orchard Park, New York
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We met a relative here for something to do on a rainy day in Charlotte. It's decidedly a children's museum, but all 3 adults enjoyed it as well. We saw an IMAX show and especially enjoyed the aquatic exhibits. Lovely little museum.

Thank Tootsum
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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48 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

A Charlotte staple if you have kids. Beautiful butterfly dome. Small store and great water feature where the kids can learn about weather and get their hands wet!

Thank KathyJ461
Rahway, New Jersey
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56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

The boys had fun looking at all the animals and playing in the interactive areas. The outdoor space is very nice, too. It is a bit small, but worth a visit.

Thank Erika M
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Great place for the kids to learn about nature. Kids are having a nice time learning about different animals and nature.

Thank DNaz-T21
Kings Mountain, North Carolina
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Took our 3 year old. He liked the tunnels, and outdoor park. For $8 dollars a piece, we will pass next time. The website makes it to be much larger than it is. Some live animals, but most are stuffed. Spent 45 minutes, and it was over.

Thank jb28053
Charlotte, North Carolina
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115 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017

Loved to see the butterflies and learned a lot about bugs and reptiles. They have a lot of information to share. Nice weekend activity.

Thank Snowhite2020
Charlotte, North Carolina
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69 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2016

My son loved this place. The indoor and outdoor parts of the museum are wonderful. The butterfly garden is adorable. There is an indoor play structure that is great for small kids.

Thank catelynbf
Lancaster, South Carolina
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138 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016

An excellent place for learning. Beautiful and extremely well maintained. Children will love it and learn so much without even realizing it.

Thank 798cherryd
Palm Coast, Florida
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56 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016

We traveled with children ages 8, 4 and 3, 2 parents, 2 grandparents. This museum is very hands on with interactive exhibits and games as well as a wide variety of animals on display. It is well organized with different themed rooms, a butterfly conservatory, a nature trail, outside play area and LOTS of animals on display. Both the 3... More 

Thank kathichat
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 July 2016

its a nice small place. had some nice things but was really tiny. I'm a member so didn't have to pay but if i had would have been really upset not worth what they charge for admission at all.

Thank Kelly H

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