When you are visiting Destin, The Emerald Coast Science Center is an awesome place for the kids.
It’s voted one of the best almost free attractions of the Gulf Coast.
Of course we are known for our gorgeous beaches and views, but why not try something a little different than the usual Destin vacation and take the entire family on an educational yet exciting day at the Emerald Coast Science Center.
In the late 1980s by the Jr. Group of the Emerald Coast headed by Dr. Alexis Tibbetts started a possibility study to check whether Okaloosa County could create a science historical center.
The reaction was overpowering and with the backing of the city of Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa County School System, the University of West Florida, Okaloosa Walton Community College, neighborhood entrepreneurs and government foremen, the plan to manufacture a science historical center in Fort Walton Beach was put into action.
In 1989, the Emerald Coast Science Center opened its entryways as the FOCUS (Families of Okaloosa County Understanding Science) Center.
The name FOCUS stressed the need of the originators that the inside was for kids or grownups as well as it was a middle for families to look into science together.
At first the FOCUS Center was a volunteer run association run by the parts of the Jr. Alliance. Shows were made by neighborhood organizations and volunteers with an accentuation on active learning. It was interested in people in general on the weekends and was a field outing end of the line for Okaloosa County understudies amid the week. As the notoriety of the FOCUS Center developed, it became clear that the association was turning into an element that obliged more staff and more finances so in 1992 it was chosen to permit the association to join as an issue for benefit 501(c)(3) company.
Amid the following 9 years, the FOCUS Center worked closely with the Okaloosa County School System to give lab-based exercises at the middle and also at the nearby schools.
In 2001, the FOCUS Center transformed its name to the Emerald Coast Science Center (ECSC) to better advance the gallery as an issue science exhibition hall for Northwest Florida. Starting in 2001 the historical center stretched its working hours to seven days for every week and obtained professionally planned shows.
It likewise started offering all the more on location projects including scouting workshops, weekend disclosure programs, after-school projects and night programs and instructor proficient improvement classes. It’s been a huge hit with locals and tourists alike since the doors opened.
It’s a laid back and fun environment the entire family will surely enjoy.
When you are down here visiting the gorgeous Emerald Coast, make sure you stop by the historical and adventurous Science Center.