If you follow us on Instagram you know that WEEKS ago now I took my boys to the Greensboro SciQuarium & Science Center. This had been on my to-do list all summer (we had a little Summer Bucket List and “Visit the Aquarium” was on there). I was thrilled when I found out about the new addition to Greensboro’s Science Center.
The aquarium part of the Science Center is small. There aren’t a ton of exhibits. BUT it is brand spankin’ new, gorgeous, and a lot closer than any other NC aquarium out there (although we love those over here.)
We really enjoyed our time at the SciQuarium and were pleasantly surprised to discover the rest of the Science Center.
We made our way outside (note: we were very confused since you have to go down a long, skinny hall that looks like it is taking you to a warehouse of sorts, but follow it – it leads to good things). We found the farm area where C got to brush a goat, we snorted at some huge pigs, looked at miniature horses and some alpacas, and clucked at chickens.
We went on to discover a plethora of other animals: crocodiles, meerkats, monkeys, lemurs (love those animals!), wolves, a giant anteater, gibbons, a red panda, and a tiger.
Note that this zoo area is outside (obviously)! So go early in the morning if it is going to look like a scorcher later in the day. There are very nice walking paths for strollers as well as a nice picnic area (the only place in the museum where you can consume your own food or drink).
After spending some good time outside we went back inside to check out what else is around. Quite honestly, the remainder of the museum is fairly outdated and not as impressive. I think after being in the SciQuarium part the contrast is huge. That being said, my boys really enjoyed the huge dinosaur skeletons and the geodes. We found a lot to take advantage of.
Hidden in a corner of the Science Center is an entire play area for children (one spot for kids 5&under). It begs to be compared to the Museum of Life+Science here in Durham…and again, this place is just more aged. This Kids Alley had a water table, some tactile toys, a little seesaw, and more. Just be warned that it can get hot and loud in this room. We didn’t spend too much time in here but we did enjoy it.
Outside of this play area there is a nature nook that we really liked – books, climbers, little caves to hang out in and read. There was also a “boat” for climbing on and driving nearby.
Overall, this was a really pleasant experience for us. For a short(ish) road trip we spent over 3 hours here. And we didn’t even take advantage of any of the shows in the OmniSphere or Science Theatre! Crazy!
We came for the SciQuarium and ended up finding so many more treasures.
Admission isn’t cheap ($12.50 for adults, $11.50 for kids over 3) but admission in gets you admission to both the SciQuarium and the Science Center. You also can’t buy admission for just one part. OmsniSphere shows are additional cost.
No reciprocity for Museum of Life+Science members, 50% off for NC Zoo members.
There is a very lovely cafe on site run by Fresh Market. But the museum also sits in a fairly commerical area of Greensboro so a lot of dining establishments nearby to take advantage of.
**See all of my photos from the visit at our Flickr album here.**
Greensboro SciQuarium and Science Center
4301 Lawndale Drive