krstngrant

krstngrant

September 07, 2015
Rated 4.0

The museum is huge and has quite a few interesting, permanent exhibits. The Florida marine mammal area is always neat, as well as the walk through, interactive human body exhibit. The native wildlife enclosure is a small, but impressive way to get (really) close to native owls and snakes and others. There is planetarium which is awesome if you can catch an actual astronomical show. I personally don't enjoy the laser shows or other educational movies shown on the dome, but that's a personal preference. This museum really shines when it's hosting temporary exhibits like Dinosaurs Among Us or the Megalodon exhibit, otherwise it can get a bit stale if you frequent it regularly.
If you start to get a bit bored: DO NOT MISS AN INTERACTIVE SCIENCE SHOW! They're fun, interesting and a good way to appease lagging children (or adults).
I do wish that there was more in the way of science and technology here, with all the recent emphasis on STEM education and the need for new people in those fields, children would really enjoy early exposure to the things that create interest and awe in those areas.

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September 07, 2015
Rated 4.0

For zero dollars, it's an interesting way to spend a couple of hours, especially if you're interested in manufacturing processes or the making of beer in general. Super Bonus: free beer at the end of the tour for those 21 and up!

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September 07, 2015
Rated 5.0

This zoo is quite large and has enough flora and fauna to keep your interest for a full day. The walking Safari is a unique way to see how so many species interact in a large, open area. Don't walk past the aviaries! While the animals are breathtaking, most people seem to overlook the thoughtful and incredible landscaping and numerous themed gardens that are placed seamlessly throughout the walking areas of the zoo. There are also several interactive areas for children (splash park, learning center etc) and after a long day of walking and watching, you can catch the train and ride around the park once more and back to the entrance. If you enjoy the zoo as much as my husband and I do, the annual membership is worth every penny and gets you discounts for the train, food, Stingray Bay (stingray petting area?) and also access to members only events throughout the year.

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