What To Do In Florida: Learn lots at the South Florida Science Museum

The fossil dig at the South Florida Science Museum (credit: HolidayTripper.com)

The fossil dig at the South Florida Science Museum (credit: HolidayTripper.com)

Florida Vacation Guide: Fun educational activities for kids to do in Florida

There’s so much to explore at the South Florida Science Museum that you should really only plan to visit if you can spend at least a few hours here. The museum is currently undergoing an extensive renovation that should be ready for unveiling in the spring of 2013, but until then, there’s still lots to do! We recommend spending the morning exploring the inside exhibits, followed by a picnic lunch outside in the shade of a tree, then more discovery awaits outside on the science trail! Bring sunscreen. If you don’t have time to pack a lunch, there is a Subway restaurant inside the museum. But the line ups can get quite long!


See an authentic Egyptian child mummy, a mummified falcon and other ancient artifacts. Learn about hieroglyphics and see what your name looks like in Egyptian symbols! Challenge your mind at the brain teaser stations, learn all about Ham Radios, view an authentic moon rock, dig for fossils and sharks teeth, see an ice age female mastodon, learn about tornadoes and so much more! Until January 6, 2013, a special exhibit called “Treasure” will be on display with many hands-on activities and artifacts to explore.

Dekelboum Planetarium

The only public planetarium in Palm Beach County is at the South Florida Science Museum. Lean back and look up to watch one of the daily shows projected from a traditional star projector. It gets very dark in the planetarium during a show, and some young children may become frightened.


The fresh and saltwater aquariums here house an amazing variety of sea creatures. See everything from lobsters and starfish to sea horses and clown fish. You’ll see almost all the creatures from Disney’s Finding Nemo!


The museum gift shop carries a wide selection of science-related toys and gifts. Bring home a souvenir to remember your visit! Or for a less pricy memento, use the penny press and get a fun souvenir that cost only 26 cents (a quarter and a penny!).

Plan your visit

  • Location: 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405
  • Hours: Monday-Friday: 10am-5pm, Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday: noon-6pm
  • General admission: $11.95/adult, $8.95/kids 3-12

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