Other Ideas: Peabody Essex Museum (PEM); Discovery Museums; MIT Museum; Norman Rockwell Museum; Edward M. Kennedy (EMK) Institute for the U.S. Senate
Set in an urban oasis, the museum offers a chance to walk through the treetops, take a thrilling multimedia journey through the galaxy in the digital planetarium, meet wildlife, stroll nature trails, ride a narrow-gauge railroad, and get hands-on with lots of indoorfamily-friendly exhibits.
There are always a number of exciting shows featured in the Alden Digital Planetarium.
Permanent exhibits include:
The Arctic Next Door: Mount Washington
Secrets of the Forest
In addition, the Ecotarium also brings in exciting traveling exhibits 2-3 times a year.
View Ecotarium events schedule.
Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday noon to 5:00 p.m.
$8 children 2-16,
$10 seniors (65+)
Children under 2 free.
Alden Digital Planetarium tickets: $5, $4 members, children under 2 free
Explorer Express Train: $3, $2 members, children under 2 free
Tree Canopy Walkway (seasonal, ages 7+) $10, $8 members
222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA map
- Museum of Science members receive free admission to the Ecotarium.
Great Family DestinationWe have been Ecotarium members for several years and it is a great place to spend a day, or a few hours if you are local. We will go probably 12-15 times a year with our membership, plus some of the special events they hold. There are indoor and outdoor activities so it is a good year-round option, particularly for the 2 to 8 year old set. The new Alden Planetarium is great, and they have been upgrading the outdoor animal exhibits. The kids also love to finish up with a train ride! If you go, try to park in the lower lot (take a left after the entrance booth). We then take a train ride which originates from the station located on the edge of that lot. This leads to less fussing and foot dragging when it's time to go!
It's okayThis is fine for children and there is ample space to roam and discover. However, somehow, it should be better. Granted, the planetarium was closed for renovations when we went - but I wouldn't trek super far for this visit. If you happen to be in the area and are looking for something to do it's a destination. But nothing extraordinary.
Wonderful Time at the EcotariumMy husband and our 2 children=Kaitlyn (4yo) and Jaden (2 1/2) had a wonderful time at Ecotarium. The special exhibit was especially fun and enriching for them. It definitely held their interest for a while. And they truly enjoyed the hands-on exhibits.
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