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It’s Science!

Of course, who wouldn’t want to lay out on our beautiful beaches while they visit gorgeous Destin, FL?

Make sure while you’re visiting that you also engage your mind.

A great place for that is the Emerald Coast Science Center.

Voted one of the best almost-free attractions, this place is an amazing mix of both education and fun.

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 overwhelmingly positive and with the backing of the city of Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa County School System, the University of West Florida, Okaloosa Walton Community College (now known as Northwest Florida State College), neighborhood entrepreneurs and government foremen, the plan to create a science historical center in Fort Walton Beach was put underway. 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 place 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 encouraging interactivity. It was open to everyone during the weekend and was a favored field trip location for Okaloosa County schools during the week. As the FOCUS Center became more popular it became apparent that more staff and funding would be needed so in 1992 the organization incorporated into a non-profit corporation 501(c)(3). Amid the following 9 years, the FOCUS Center worked closely with the Okaloosa County School System to give lab-based exercises at the nearby schools.

In 2001, the FOCUS Center rebranded as 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 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 as well as development programs for teachers. 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.

The kids won’t even mind that they’re being taught stuff!

Call Sea Oats today at 833-803-3320 to book your stay. If you need any other suggestions on where to take the kids or just for something unique to do, please ask our staff!