If you're looking for a place to take your kids where they'll have an absolute blast all day doing so many different fun things, try the Museum of Discovery and Science. With so much to see and do you'll want to come early to have the whole day to enjoy at leisure. When it's cold outside, or raining and you're looking for someplace to have fun indoors, this museum will keep everyone busy and happy all day. There are brain teaser games that all ages will be working on to try and solve. Teasers such as trying to make a pyramid out of two blocks or try to fit six clear blocks into a box, or maybe try to unhook yourself from another person as each of you wear rubber rings around your wrists that is tied to a rubber rope: try, try as you may but sometimes to no avail, in this scenario you may like the idea of being tangled with your loved one.
Next, there are a few rides that really make it fun that you'll think you went to Disney. A simulated everglades air-boat tour, a Mars Rover, plus other rides. The aviation section is exciting as you learn to fly a plane via simulation, and check out another plane's cockpit with its numerous controls.
You even enjoy feeling like you went to a mini zoo at their eco area as you see some marine life and an otter habitat.
One thing you really won't want to miss, is the five-story 3D IMAX theater. You can choose a 45-minute picture or a full length feature. Click above for current and updated films and schedules.
(The current showing of a 45-minute film is 'Flight of the Butterflies.' It is about a man's long time research and discovery of the monarch butterflies' migration. The film is very enchanting and any nature lover will fall in love with the experience of feeling like he has stepped into this vivid world of beauty via 3D which takes you on a journey. Be transformed, be taken away, and leave with an unforgettable and newer soul stirring affection towards life and nature.)
This museum is like a one-stop shopping experience, so much to do under one roof you'll think you visited a dozen different places.
Museum of Discovery and Science
401 SW Second Street. (Himmarshee Street) Downtown Fort Lauderdale
Hours: Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun, 12-6 p.m.
If you don't want the night to end, right across the street is the gorgeous Broward Performing Arts Center. Situated by the Riverwalk and among a tropical setting makes for a very romantic ambiance. Before the concert, there are a few dining options at the Arts Center, click here for details. Other dining options are about one to three blocks heading east on Himmarshee street where you'll find sports bar restaurant establishments that are usually jumpen' crowded and noisy for those that like action. Another establishment that is more low key and a fine intimate restaurant is only a block away from the museum and theater and is called the Old Fort Lauderdale Breakfast House 333 Himmarshee Street. Click here for their menu.