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Discovery Place Nature

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Address: 1658 Sterling Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209-1548
Phone Number:
+1 704-372-6261
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Fri 09:00 - 16:00
Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Nature-based fun and learning awaits in every corner of Discovery Place...

Nature-based fun and learning awaits in every corner of Discovery Place Nature. Little ones can get close to wildlife and walk among free-flying butterflies in Butterfly Pavilion, observe live animals in Creature Cavern, buzz by Insect Alley, hang out in Our Big Backyard, walk the Paw Paw Nature Trail in the 100-year-old forest or go wild in Fort Wild.

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Great museum for kids.

Loved to see the butterflies and learned a lot about bugs and reptiles. They have a lot of information to share. Nice weekend activity.

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Snowhite2020
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved to see the butterflies and learned a lot about bugs and reptiles. They have a lot of information to share. Nice weekend activity.

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Thank Snowhite2020
Charlotte, North Carolina
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63 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My son loved this place. The indoor and outdoor parts of the museum are wonderful. The butterfly garden is adorable. There is an indoor play structure that is great for small kids.

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Thank catelynbf
Lancaster, South Carolina
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140 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

An excellent place for learning. Beautiful and extremely well maintained. Children will love it and learn so much without even realizing it.

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Thank 798cherryd
Palm Coast, Florida
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54 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

We traveled with children ages 8, 4 and 3, 2 parents, 2 grandparents. This museum is very hands on with interactive exhibits and games as well as a wide variety of animals on display. It is well organized with different themed rooms, a butterfly conservatory, a nature trail, outside play area and LOTS of animals on display. Both the 3... More 

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Thank kathichat
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

its a nice small place. had some nice things but was really tiny. I'm a member so didn't have to pay but if i had would have been really upset not worth what they charge for admission at all.

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Thank Kelly H
Charlotte, North Carolina
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Lots of hands on activities for kids to explore. The kids enjoyed the butterfly garden, cool water play area, and seeing the animals. The outside play area is also a huge hit especially when the kids need to run off some energy.

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Thank ericaI6542EK
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156 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

Amazing, must go place for nature lovers. If you love green go there. Children will enjoy too. Parking space is available.

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Thank Manu B
Darien, Illinois, United States
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

See the room full of butterflies. Indoor items are limited but if a nice day, a nice walk through nature.

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Thank Martin C
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

Took our kids (ages 3 & 6), after stumbling across it walking along trails near Freedom Park. What a neat find! It's not a huge museum, but the kids enjoyed the puppet show and the well-designed groundhog room. The animals were fun to see too - our kids were too impatient to really enjoy the butterfly exhibit. The best part... More 

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Thank Eileen W
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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74 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

We have been to several nature/science museums this year, and this was probably the most disappointing. Thankfully, our membership at another museum allowed us free entrance! It was VERY small and there were not very many animals to see. We expected many butterflies in the butterfly exhibit, but we only saw 3 or 4? Perhaps if you have smaller children... More 

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