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Catawba Science Center

243 3rd Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601-5168
+1 828-322-8169
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great! fun! family!

I'm gonna say---the best bang for your time! Few places in hickory can qualify for such a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gayle L
Hickory, North Carolina
Great science museum for adults with children!

The Catawba Science Center is located in the Salt Block of Hickory, NC. There is a professional... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hickory, North Carolina
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243 3rd Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601-5168
+1 828-322-8169
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm gonna say---the best bang for your time! Few places in hickory can qualify for such a statement. This place is definitely a must!

Thank Gayle L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Catawba Science Center is located in the Salt Block of Hickory, NC. There is a professional staff there at all times to run the operation and answer any questions. I would recommend the center very highly for children of all ages with inquiring minds...More

Thank PETE S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped with our grandchild while passing through on a trip. Wonderful, entertaining place for kids and adults. Many interesting exhibits. Fun and educational at the same time for children. Only negative is it can be a little confusing navigating between builxings.

Thank maryannep34285
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Always something fun abbd exciting to ffo, even as an adult. Highly recommend a visit for kids of all ages. Great for scout outings too.

1  Thank Diane M
Reviewed 11 April 2017

If you have elementary age children or younger, this is a great place to take them. The exhibits are very hands-on, and are appropriate for this age group. My rating of Very Good reflects the limitations for older students. However, the aquarium and planetarium do...More

Thank Martha H
Reviewed 11 March 2017

This historic building houses the SALT block for Hickory. You can find Science, Arts, Literature, Technology, and so much more i.e., an Aquarium, Concerts, Broadway Plays. They offer a revolving science hands on displays for the children to learn and understand from dinosaurs to electricity...More

1  Thank pprint2017
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Great place for all ages the have sharks and Dinasours when we were there Also unique art collection

Thank tjconaway
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

I think it's really neat for kids. So parents take your kids. They will enjoy the butterfly exhibit. I recommend spring and early summer.

Thank pipestemcreek1
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

My kids love The Science Center. This place is huge with an aquarium, and lots of science exhibits, a kids place area, and gift shop. I love the historical building, because its a former high school. There are lots of learning experiences for kids.

1  Thank Joy F
Reviewed 16 November 2016

We enjoy the science center. Exhibits rotate almost quarterly! My son could go every weekend to enjoy the science center. We always visit the aquarium on our trips! I have no complaints! Staff is always friendly! Planetarium always has good shows, as well! I would...More

Thank Heather H
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Renee B
28 March 2016|
Response from John F | Reviewed this property |
2 miles north on nc highway 127 there are kid friendly restaurants. the highway is aka 2nd street nw at that location. mcdonalds, with a playground, is on the left. dantes is on the right.
Renee B
28 March 2016|
Response from John F | Reviewed this property |
There are child friendly restaurants approximately 2 miles north on NC Highway 127, which borders the Science Center grounds on the west. NC Highway 127 is also known as 2nd Street NW at that location. McDonalds is on the... More
9 August 2015|
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Response from Tyme4relaxing | Reviewed this property |
Not sure but it is well worth the $8 adult and I think it was $6 for kids. I paid $20 in Columbus Ohio for an adult and $15 for kids and that didn't include the planetarium.