Discovery Place | Charlotte NC Travel & Tourism
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Step into a world where science is brought to life through interactive exhibits and explosive experiments during daily programs. Connect with the past and visit the future with groundbreaking exhibitions, larger-than-life IMAX Dome films and hands on activities that let you explore more.





Explore More Coral

Learn about the mysteries of the beautiful and exotic coral growing in Discovery Place’s World Alive aquarium and state-of-the-art Explore More Life lab. Visitors will study what goes on behind-the-scenes to propagate coral, see samples from the back-of-house tanks and partake in an interactive Q & A session on the coral program from on-site aquarists. An in-depth exploration into this vital marine life, the visit will also examine how corals and their close relatives eat followed by a coral or anemone feeding.

Backstage at the IMAX

Beyond its wondrous aquariums and interactive science stations, Discovery Place is home to the IMAX Dome Theatre, the largest movie-going experience in the Carolinas. Learn how IMAX magic is made with the world’s most powerful film projector and the largest film format on the planet.

Robot Rock

Using Lego NXT robots and the simple click of a mouse, robots are brought to life at Discovery Place. Groups work in small numbers to program basic commands such as driving, spinning and stopping, and then move on to free exploration time. After learning the basics of robot program and movements, participants show off their skills during a fun robotic dance challenge where the robots boogie, shimmy and hip hop their best programmed moves. Last but not least, groups add a light sensitive eye, taking their robots to the next level of cyber intelligence.