Flipkey.com names Discovery Center in list of top family attractions

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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Flipkey.com names Discovery Center in list of top family attractions


ROCKFORD, Ill. –– Discovery Center Museum announced today that it was recognized on the list of 2014 Top Family Attractions Worth Traveling For in the U.S. by Flipkey.com, the vacation rental company of leading travel site TripAdvisor. The list includes not only children’s museums, but zoos, botanical gardens, natural history museums and science centers.

Through industry research and traveler feedback, Flipkey.com found the 50 most loved and most talked about family attractions in each state across the country, and Discovery Center Museum was recognized as the top family attraction in Illinois! Here is the link to the full list of places that made the list: http://www.flipkey.com/blog/2014/05/16/50-states-series-top-family-attractions-worth-traveling-for/. The attractions on this list were chosen based on traveler reviews and research conducted by FlipKey’s travel team. From there the list was further narrowed down by looking at factors such as suitability to families traveling with kids, uniqueness of the attraction, and the overall entertainment appeal to families.

“We are very proud of our museum for earning the top spot in Illinois,” explains Sarah Wolf, executive director of Discovery Center Museum. “We are always happy to bring positive recognition to our museum and to the Rockford Region,” she added.

In 2013, Discovery Center served almost 136,000 visitors on site and another 72,000 through the museum’s outreach programs.

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About Discovery Center Museum
Discovery Center Museum is a non-profit organization providing hands-on math, science and art experiences for all ages with over 250 hand-on exhibits, planetarium, special area for children under five, and an outdoor science park. Discovery Center Museum is the nation’s 5th Best Museum for Families according to USA TODAY/10Best.com, and one of 12 museums included in Forbes.com’s article, The 12 Best Children’s Museums in the U.S. The Museum is located inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 North Main Street, Rockford, Ill. General admission to the Museum is: $8 adults, $8 children (ages 2 to 17) and free to Museum members and children age 1 and younger. Hours of operation are: 10 am to 5 pm seven days a week. For additional information, call (815) 963-6769 or log onto our website at www.discoverycentermuseum.org.

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Discovery Center Museum is a non-profit children’s science museum providing hands-on math, science and art experiences for all ages with over 250 hand-on exhibits, planetarium, special area for children under six, and an outdoor science park. Discovery Center is rated the #4 children’s museum in the nation by Child magazine and one of the top 12 children’s museums in the nation by Forbes.com. The Museum is located inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 North Main Street, Rockford, Ill. General admission to the Museum is: $8 adults, $8 children (ages 2 to 17) and free to Museum members and children age 1 and younger. Hours of operation are: 10 am to 5 pm seven days a week. For additional information, call (815) 963-6769 or log onto our website at www.discoverycentermuseum.org.