Orlando Science Center
Just north of downtown is Loch Haven Cultural Park, home to two art museums, several theaters, a firefighter museum and the Orlando Science Center. Nestled between three lakes, the 45-acre green space is popular for both culture seekers and nature lovers. Oak trees draped in Spanish moss rest the elbows of their mighty branches on the ground as theater-goers, children on field trips and art enthusiasts stroll the campus.
The science center is popular among locals, and a great place for visitors look- ing for a break from the heat or the rain. Four floors feature interactive exhibits, a movie theater and live programming. New this year is KidsTown, an 11,000-square-foot area designed for toddlers and elementary-school-aged kids. Design your own rollercoaster, build your own go-cart, learn what it’s like to be a citrus farmer or just run loose in the giant indoor playground. Older kids will enjoy Kinetic Zone, also on the second floor, which features an 18-foot zipline, flight simulators and rocket launches. Activities are designed to build Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills in an exciting and interactive way.
The fourth floor is dedicated to space and dinosaurs. Little ones dress up as archaeologists and uncover artifacts in the excavation site, while surrounded by giant replicas of dinosaur fossils. Next door are interactive exhibits and programming on our solar system and weather.
Before heading out, stop by the ground floor to say "see ya later" to the live alligators and reptiles.