Although this is a fun and stimulating scientific playground, at times exhibits don't work properly. When things are hitting on all cylinders, however, you learn about Florida weather, anatomy, flight, and space by seeing and by doing. A booth in the exhibit Disasterville lets you experience what a hurricane and its 78-mph winds feel like, though crowds sometimes mean a long wait. The BioWorks Butterfly Garden is a 6,400-square-foot engineered ecosystem project that demonstrates how wetlands can clean water plus serve as a home for butterflies. The SkyTrail ropes course is a 700-foot zip line that starts 65 feet off the ground. The museum's latest attraction is Imagination Playground, an interactive exhibit where kids can engineer everything from a city to a robot.
The 23-seat Saunders Planetarium has shows at 10, 11, 1, 2, 3, and 4 during the week and hourly on weekends. For adventurous spirits, there's a high-wire bicycle ride 30 feet above the floor. There's also an impressive IMAX theater, where films are projected on a hemispherical 82-foot dome.