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“Spoiled in Ohio”

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Ranked #9 of 57 things to do in Dayton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Boonshoft Museum is the premier destination for family learning in the Miami Valley. It is a natural history museum, science center, children's museum, planetarium, observatory and zoo!
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Now that we live up north - we're quite spoiled with the quality, quantity, and proximity of our Museums. The Boonshoft is not as great as Indy, Cinci, or Columbus, but being in downtown Dayton and 10 minutes away changes the math for how motivated we have to be to visit. The mini-zoo inside sets it apart. Unfortunately there's really no food service inside and there isn't anything nearby to eat at.

Thank Louis P
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"live animals"
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"all ages"
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"climbing area"
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"water table"
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"hands on activities"
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"mini zoo"
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"small animals"
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"water area"
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"rainy day"
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"zoo membership"
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"older kids"
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"little bit of everything"
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"lots of fun"
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

I was pleasantly surprised by this place. There was the usual children's museum things like a water table and pretend restaurants. But there was also live animals and a planetarium. My 6 year old science lover really enjoyed the Do Lab with hands on projects. While there was no restaurant, vending machines offered snacks and microwaveable sandwiches, etc.

Thank renee44
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Reviewed 19 August 2017

As an adult, I was captivated by the interactive exhibits, the bird feeders hanging just outside the windows, and the detailed but simply-worded explanations of nature and science. My five-year-old son would have stayed in the Tower all day, though, climbing up net ropes and sliding down twisty slides.

Apart from the Tower, my son's favorite part was the planetarium show we watched, Flying Monsters, which was about pterosaurs. It was about 40 minutes long, and it was produced in such a way that it held my child's attention and mine. We both learned new things, too (which is saying a lot for my dino-loving kid).

We only had a couple of hours here, but I suspect that we'll come back the next time we're in town.

Thank dianaschnuth
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Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

We go here frequently with our younger son and teenagers and we always have a great time. It offers lots of hands on activities and has a small zoo and aquarium with a touch center for sea creatures. It may be small in size but offers big fun for all ages.

Thank Keochin
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

our first time here..so we didn't know what to expect..we took our 2 year old grandson and he had a blast..most attractions was at his eye level

Thank Tim H
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