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Dr Phillips Cinedome - Orlando Science Center

Florida boasts a wonderful sunny climate and a host of outdoor activities from golf to the theme parks and everything in between.

However, it has to be said that there is the odd occasion when the weather may be a little inclement and a game of dodge the thunderstorms might be the order of the day.

Well, that being the case, why not spend a few hours at the Orlando Science Center which is located just minutes from the I4 on US438 at 777 East Princeton Street. There are ample car parking facilities available with a $4 charge.

The Science Center started its life back in 1960 when it was known as the Central Florida Museum and Planetarium and was located at Loch Haven Park. In those early years it focused its attention on the natural history of Florida.

Today, on its new site, it occupies 207, 000 square feet of floor space spread over four floors, and attracts 400. 000 visitors a year. It is home to spacious exhibitions halls, a theatre, an observatory as well as the amenities including a shop and a café.

The Science Center operates a rolling programme of events throughout the year, and offers the visitor a hands-on experience through a range of interactive exhibits, but at its hub is the amazing Dr Phillips Cinedome.

The Cinedome is described as the world largest domed theatre and planetarium with 28, 000 watts of digital sound output. Picture those huge IMAX theatres at the Kennedy Space Center, add a domed roof and that, in essence, is what this facility provides.

During our visit we watched ‘Roar’ which captures the behaviour of a pride of lions, set against the backdrop of the amazing desert landscapes of the Kalahari.

There are usually three films cycling throughout the day so much depends on the timing of your visit. Also on show were ‘The Alps’ described as “a mountaineer’s personal journey to make peace with the mountain that killed his father” and ‘Journey into Amazing Caves’ following the adventures of two intrepid cavers exploring everything from ice caves in the arctic circle to underground caves in Mexico.

In the early evening visitors can relax and enjoy the Planetarium show ‘Orlando by Night’ where the Center’s resident experts take visitors on a voyage of discovery across the universe. During the live presentation visible planets and constellations will be pointed out and identified so there can be no excuse for missing your star sign.

The Cinedome is a cool place to visit and at around $20 for admission we are convinced you won’t be disappointed.

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