More to Explore at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science

Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science (credit:

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Florida Vacation Guide: Let the kids explore and learn while having fun at the Museum of Discovery and Science

If you find yourself in Fort Lauderdale looking for a way to entertain the kids for a couple of hours, point yourselves in the direction of the Museum of Discovery and Science where everyone is basically guaranteed a good time. As a special bonus, The Museum of Discovery and Science has recently received an upgrade.

If you’ve been a fan of the facility for your entire life, however, have no fear. Most of the traditional exhibits and features still exist (such as the orange grove play area for children) but there’s been a huge expansion with the addition of the EcoDiscovery Center.

More to Explore

A new 34,000-square foot expansion has more than doubled the amount of floor space of the museum. Everyone knows what more square footage means…more fun!

The EcoDiscovery Center has added five brand new exhibit areas to the facility, including:

  • Otters at Play where you can watch North American river otters (who have been rescued) play together
  • Prehistoric Florida allows you to dig for fossils by giant prehistoric megalodon
  • Everglades Airboat Adventure which simulates a wild ride through the swamp
  • Florida Water Mysteries teaches about conserving natural resources
  • Storm Center helps you understand hurricanes and other forces of nature

In addition to those exhibit areas, there is also the new Mangurian Foundation Lifelong Learning Center with special learning labs where even more hands-on  experiences can be had.

The new 100-seat Keller Science Theater gets kids engaged and interested in science with entertaining presentations and live animal shows.

Younger kids have fun too!

There’s a very large play area for younger explorers with things to climb on, soft toys to play with and other safe ways to explore, so while the bigger kids are off looking at the large coral aquariums full of beautiful fish and sea life or learning what it’s like to be in the vortex of a tornado, the little ones are entertained as well.


The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science is also home to an IMAX theater where you can see nature films (usually 45-minutes in length) on a 5-storey high screen.

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Does this sound like something you’d like to experience with your family? Our Fin-Tastic sweepstakes package includes admission for four to this fun indoor playground.