Port Discovery offers a limited number of free lockers and a small area to hang coats. Please note that these facilities are used at your own risk and the Museum is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
Yes! You’ll find a private Nursing Station located in the toddler-focused exhibit Tot Trails. Families who are nursing and in search of privacy are welcome to use this area.
Yes! Port Discovery is a stroller-friendly Museum. You are welcome to use your stroller throughout the Museum and can park your stroller in designated areas.
Yes, Port Discovery is wheelchair accessible. Elevators are available and you are welcome to use wheelchairs throughout the Museum.
Adult supervision is required at all times at Port Discovery. An adult is considered someone 18+ with a valid ID.
Adults must be accompanied by children in order to visit Port Discovery Children’s Museum. Adults not accompanied by children must have an appointment to visit and must be accompanied by a member of the Port Discovery staff throughout their visit.
We suggest that you plan for breaks, but you certainly know your children better than anyone! Typically, visitors spend two to three hours exploring the Museum each time they visit. Repeat visits to the Museum help you explore more exhibits, and allows your child to benefit from exploring and trying things again and again. You’ll be surprised what they learn and how confident they become when they have the chance to do things more than once!
Dress for play! Activity rules the day at Port Discovery, so we suggest wearing comfortable clothing and closed-toe, rubber-soled sneakers or shoes.We’d recommend not wearing high-heeled shoes or boots, open-toed sandals, or flip flops, and suggest removing all loose or hanging jewelry before you play.
A few very important things to note:
- Socks are required in the SkyClimber. You are welcome to bring your own or you may purchase socks from our Box Office while at the Museum.
- Shoes need to be removed to use the SkyClimber. You’ll find shoe cubbies at the base of the SkyClimber to store your shoes.
- If you plan on climbing the SkyClimber, you will be asked to remove and store anything that could become a hazard when climbing.
- Shoes are required in other areas of the Museum, so when you’re done climbing on the SkyClimber, please put your shoes back on to explore.
- We suggest packing a change of clothes if you’re visiting the Wonders of Water exhibit - most guests report getting wet in this area!
There are a number of areas to park nearby the Museum. For details on how to get to the Museum and the closest parking convenient to Port DIscovery, visit our Location & Parking page.
Please visit our Hours, Admission Tickets & Discounts page for up-to-date information on the Museum's hours of operation. You'll find that we are often open on holidays and for school breaks - but always be sure to check our hours of operation before planning a visit!
Please note that the parking garage adjacent to the Museum often is unable to honor parking validations on holidays and/or school breaks. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Port Discovery is currently offering very limited small group visit opportunities to camps, youth organizations, daycares, and schools during the summer months. Visitors and members will have plenty of space and opportunity to play, learn and explore without experiencing large groups/crowds.