Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Travel Tuesday: Wonderworks in Orlando

Despite what you may have come to believe, there's a lot more to Orlando than the theme parks. For example, there's Wonderworks, a children's science and fun museum. It's actually chain of sorts with other museums in Myrtle Beach, SC, Pigeon Forge, TN, and Panama City Beach, FL.

As you can see, the building is rather unusual. They say a tornado dumped it upside down in the city.

There's a huge variety of activities inside. If you go during the school year, it might be worth the effort to call ahead and see if there are schools visiting that day.

All manner of ways to discover the senses and some simple aspects of physics. There's a roller coaster of sorts where two people can ride in a simulator capsule that goes upside down several times. The weight limit is something like 200 lbs per person, and they will put you on the scale even if you obviously weigh less than 100. Whatevah. You've been warned. You also have to be 48" tall. Nicholas was devastated, but he cheered up when he got to do the 2-3 story harness obstacle course. One per general admission is included, and you can stay up pretty much as long as you want.

The boy's a natural.

A flight ride was also included in our tickets, but Miriam was too small to go. That combined with having to watch all the other kids climb above her led to the inevitable meltdown, but I pacified her in the arcade. The classic rip-off of $5 of tokens and you get some tootsie rolls with your tickets. Consolation doesn't come cheap, but she had fun.

My personal favorite was the mega-bubbles. I could have stayed there all day.

Okay, that picture looks more than a little obscene. But it was cool.

The biggest weirdness for me was the complaint rock they played over the loudspeakers. Don't get me wrong, I would pick it over Kids Bop, but Alanis Morriset and Nirvana in a place primarily designed for kids under 12? Maybe they were really trying to appeal to the parents.

There is a cafeteria/snack bar that sells pizza and chicken fingers, etc. They also offer a magic show dinner theater, which we didn't do, but we did hear very positive reviews of it. If you are in the military, you can buy discounted tickets through your MWR/ITT office.


  1. So I'm going to assume that you're in FL but not in Orlando since you call this post Travel Tuesday? I'm just south of Jacksonville in St. Augustine...is that close to you? We love O-Town...especially Sea World. :)

  2. We're currently in Jacksonville, Mike's last assignment was a ship out of Mayport.