"Open Every Mind to Science"
Serving Palm Beach County since 1961, the Science Center revolves around a simple premise: science is exciting! Science means adventure and exploration and we are delivering on this promise by providing schools, visitors and campers an entirely new set of science programming and tech ventures based on computer coding, robotics, and other leading-edge educational programs. These new programs have allowed us to educate more young minds than ever before, now serving over 250,000 students, teachers and visitors annually, including 75,000 through field trips and educational outreach into schools and classrooms.
Within the last 5 years, we’ve dramatically renovated our facility and updates included a complete reconstruction of our 5,000 square foot Hall of Discovery, containing 100 new or rehabilitated hands-on exhibits, upgraded planetarium, new 1,000 square foot early childhood education room, upgraded theater, a new science laboratory and upgraded amenities. In 2016, we completed a brand new 18-hole miniature golf course designed by local legends Gary Nicklaus and Jim Fazio. Located in the Science Center's charming backyard, the Conservation Course was developed as a green space to provide recreational and environmental benefits to visitors while educating people about Florida’s native habitats. Each hole is named for a plant or animal found in the Everglades and takes players on a relaxing journey through a giant butterfly garden! Lastly, in October of 2018, we completed the second half of our backyard, the quarter-mile-long Fisher Family Science Trail. The fully upgraded trail connects 15 new exhibits, including a Physics Forest, FPL SolarScape, interactive splash pad, gem panning station, dinosaur walk, and more!
We are not stopping there. In 2019, guests can expect a beautiful, open-air amphitheater to complete the backyard featuring live science shows, music, and more. A $2.5 million dollar permanent human brain exhibit is also under construction in our west wing and will be open for exploration Spring 2019. Journey Through the Human Brain is expected to be the most high-tech exhibit on the human brain in the nation.
The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is located at 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach and is open Monday – Friday from 9am-5pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm. For more information, call 561-832-1988. Like the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on Facebook and follow us on Twitter & Instagram @SFScienceCenter!