Just like most kids, I loved going on field trips as a child. It honestly didn't matter where we were going as long as we were getting out of the classroom, but one of my favorite field trip destinations was Discovery Place in Charlotte, NC. Being able to see animals and wild life up close and interact with all the different displays with my classmates was a blast.
I really loved Discovery Place back then, but how much of it do I actually remember and how much of it has changed? I decided to rediscover a piece of my childhood by returning to Discovery Place for the first time in almost two decades.
First of all, much of it is the same. The "bed of nails", the chair that lifts you in the air, the IMAX theater, and mini-tropical rain forest were all there so many years ago when I was a child. The only difference now is I have a camera and a tripod and people look at me funny when I act like an idiot there.
Much of the aquarium is new and much improved. In fact, it was my favorite part of the entire trip. There was a Mr. Potato Head in one of the aquariums with an octopus though. I'm not sure what that was about. But all the fish, the jellyfish, and just about everything they had was not only beautiful, but extremely well lit.
The lighting in general is what made my video actually. The inside of Discovery Place is fairly dark in general, but almost all of the displays have studio lighting on them, causing them to pop off of the background when recorded to video. Not that this detail is terribly important to the story, but the lighting at discovery played a pivotal role in the making of this video.
Honestly, returning to Discovery Place was a little lackluster. It's smaller than it used to be and the 20 year old displays didn't get any more exciting since I was a kid. In fact, many of them didn't teach anything and were boring to top it off. That being said, I did have a great time. The nostalgia alone was worth the price of admission.
If you have kids, you live in the Charlotte area, and you're looking for something to do with the family, give Discovery Place a shot. It's not the best science center I've ever been to, but it's not a bad way to spend an afternoon. Thanks for stopping by. I'll see you next week.