Orlando Science Center's exhibit halls feature a vast array of exciting interactive experiences! Learning has never been so fun with these hands on educational exhibits. From down to earth explorations in natural science to the high-tech world of simulation technology, everywhere you look, you'll find educational and entertaining opportunities to explore, experiment, and discover.

 

Traveling Exhibits

The Orlando Science Center is home to some of the most exciting traveling exhibits in the country. When these exhibits are in town they are only here for a limited time, so don’t miss the opportunity to see them!

 

Exhibit Halls

As great as our traveling exhibits are, there are some exhibits that are the staple of the Orlando Science Center. NatureWorks will have you up close and personal with some of nature’s most fascinating reptiles. At DinoDigs, you’ll step back into the prehistoric age. Discover the dynamic forces and systems that shape our Earth, as well as other planets in Our Planet, Our Universe. Explore such concepts as electricity and magnetism, lasers, soundwaves, and nature’s forces in Science Park. No visit to the Science Center is complete without a trip to KidsTown, an interactive world dedicated to our smaller explorers.

 

Science Live! Programs

What’s the difference between a great visit to a Science Center and a memorable visit? Live programs. Our exhibits are designed to inspire curiosity and exploration, our Science Live! programs are designed to bring the exhibits to life. Whether it’s a show in the Digital Adventure Theater or a one-to-one interaction with a volunteer at the Crosby Observatory, our live programs create the kind of impact that can last a lifetime.

 

Science Stations

Looking for little more “hard science” in your next Science Center visit? Look no further than the Science Stations located throughout the facility. Science Stations are a cross between exhibits and live programs in that they’re exhibits that typically include a live program to truly bring the experience to life. Science Stations provide an in-depth look at their respective subject matter in an entertaining way. Be sure to check your program schedule to see which Science Stations are conducting demonstrations on the day of your next visit.

 

Crosby Observatory

The aluminum-domed Crosby Observatory atop Orlando Science Center houses Florida's largest publicly accessible refractor telescope. This one-of-a-kind custom-built telescope, along with several smaller scopes, are available at selected times for solar and night sky viewing.

 

Scientists may have found an answer to global warming: sea otters.

That’s right! A new study shows the heaviest members of the weasel family act as a control against sea urchins, which feed on kelp forests.

Why is this important? Kelp forests absorb carbon dioxide, which is a greenhouse gas and a contributor to global warming (the gradual rise in Earth’s temperature). Sea urchins munch on kelp forests, decreasing the amount of carbon dioxide absorbing kelp. Sea otters have a positive effect biomass by eating sea urchins. Even the threat of sea otters is enough for the urchins to hide in underwater crevices and survive on plant scraps.

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Nothing up my sleeve but simple science and a deck of cards. Presto, chango! Watch science work its magic.


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Got hard water? Let cabbage tell you for sure. This ordinary veggy – with a little help from chemistry- is sure to give some colorful results.


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Bats have gotten a particularly bad rap thanks to old-time monster movies, but did you know that bats are an important part of our ecosystem? It’s true! And the primary benefit for us is that on average, a single bat can capture 500 to 1,000 mosquitos an hour!

In order to encourage bats onto your property, they’ll need a place to say. You can easily build your own bat house that can hold from one dozen to more than 100 bats depending on your needs, available space and carpentry skills.

Before building your bat house, consider the space available. To create favorable conditions, the internal bat house temperature should be between 27 and 38 degrees Celsius and have at least six hours of direct daily sun. Bat houses should be mounted on buildings or poles as these provide the best protection against predators. Also, be sure to mount them at least 12 feet above the ground, though 15 to 20 feet is preferred. Don’t place a bat house in a location lit by bright lights. Ideally, houses should have a water source close by. Open-bottom houses greatly reduce problems with birds, mice, squirrels or parasites entering the house.

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