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Liberty Science Center
Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-5pm; Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm during summer; Sat-Sun, 9am-6pm during summer
Take the PATH train to Pavonia/Newport or Exchange Place station and transfer to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail traveling toward E. 34th St. or West Side Ave. Exit at the Liberty State Park Station. For information, fares and schedules, call NJ Transit at 800-772-2222. Outside New Jersey, call 800-762-5100. By car from Manhattan: Take the Holland Tunnel to the first exit on the NJ Turnpike, Exit 14B. After the toll, bear left and follow signs to Liberty Science Center.
- On Premise Parking
$15.75, $11.50 seniors and children ages 2-12, $5 teachers, free for children under 2
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New York educators and science mavens often risk New Jersey Turnpike traffic jams to visit this kid-friendly learning center, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2003. Located in Jersey City’s Liberty State Park, the center features hundreds of interactive exhibits, demonstrations and shows, many of which are learning tools for grade-school teachers. The New Jersey Department of Education initiated the center in an attempt to boost education in low-income school districts in the state. Reopening in July 2007 after a $109 million renovation and expansion, the Liberty Science Center offers various programs to more than 200,000 local students, as well as pupils around the world, through its Electronic Field Trip program, a videoconference linking the center to NASA and classrooms in places such as Australia, France and Ireland. Highlights include the "Live From..." program, including the Cardiac Classroom, a two-way audio and video interactive surgical experience, where kids can see an open heart, coronary bypass surgery.IMAX Dome Theater
Forget Sony’s theater on 68th St. This IMAX screen is the largest in the nation and features various movies about deep-sea volcanoes, animals in the wild and the forces of nature.
Chuck Hoberman’s 700-pound geodesic aluminum sphere is suspended from ceiling in the lobby, and opens and folds every 20 minutes due to a computer-controlled time cycle.
Families can have an overnight visit once the center closes. Explorers can view exhibits to their heart's content and even watch a private IMAX screening. Price is $55 per person and a snack and a continental breakfast are included. Group minimum is 20 and campers must be between ages 6 and 13, with one chaperone for every five children.