Get Hands On With Science

The little girl exploring electricity in the Hall of Science

If you’re searching for a rewarding afternoon of family fun, then Lee Nissan Fort Walton Beach recommends that you stop by the Emerald Coast Science Center.

The Emerald Coast Science Center is a regional science museum that offers scouting workshops, weekend discovery programs, after-school and even programs, exhibits, and much more. Over the years, the Emerald Coast Science Center has worked hard to revamp its offerings, including expanding its operating hours, purchasing professionally designed exhibits, adding more space for classrooms and exhibits, and installing new robotics and ecosystem exhibits.

Recently, the Emerald Coast Science Center debuted a brand-new exhibit – sciPad featuring SMALLab Learning. According to the museum, SciPad is an “embodied learning platform that has every learner up, moving, and collaborating in an interactive environment.”

The Emerald Coast Science Center prides itself on its ability to inspire and grow the community around it. In fact, it was recently named Emerald Coast Magazine’s “2021 Best of The Emerald Coast.”

Plan Your Visit

The Emerald Coast Science Center is open Wednesday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Field trips are allowed from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. during the week, which might impact the availability of some museum spaces.

Admission differs depending on age:

  • Adults – $10
  • Seniors (60+) – $8
  • Children (3 to 17) – $8
  • Children under 2 – Free
  • Member – Free
  • Military – 10 percent off with active ID

You can purchase general admission tickets here. The museum includes accessibility services, such as accessible parking spaces, restrooms, walkways and ramps, and exhibits.

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The Emerald Coast Science Center features both indoor and outdoor exhibits that range from sailing the high seas on its new Marine exhibit, digging for ancient dinosaur bones at the Dino Dig Pit, and strolling through an aviary, turtle ponds, and a tortoise enclosure. Other exhibits include:

  • When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth
  • Robotics
  • Engineering, Physics, and Electricity
  • Sea Turtle Sanctuary
  • Color, Light, and Sound
  • Space
  • sciPad featuring SMALLab Learning Courtesy of Impact100 of Northwest Florida
  • Emerald Coast Ecosystem Exhibit
  • Mini Makers and Experimenters Lab
  • Creation Station
  • DREAMS Lab
  • Creature Features, Chemistry Corner, and the STEAM Machine–summer only!

You can also check out an array of animals, including a parrot, a Macaw, a Nanday Conure, a guinea pig, a hedgehog, a degu, snakes, a tortoise, and turtles, and much more.

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