A visit to Ingram Planetarium will make you see stars, and that’s not all. This family-friendly astro-destination has a hands-on science center, and features laser shows and Sky Theater movies that are out of this world.
Located just north of Little River in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, the facility is an astronomically fun place to visit – literally – and is an easy day trip from central or south Myrtle Beach. Opened in May 2002 as a sister science-based attraction to the Museum of Coastal Carolina just four miles east, the Ingram Planetarium offers celestial programs and activities.
Although you can’t see it from the outside, the planetarium has a 40-foot dome ceiling in the theater which allows for viewing the night sky just as you would outside, except here there are comfortable reclining chairs.
One-hour shows are offered on Friday and Saturday afternoons beginning at lunch time, with the last show starting at 3 PM during the winter months. The summer schedule features more days and times.
Some of the shows are Dynamic Earth, which explores climate and weather, Dinosaur Passage, a fanciful story that goes from untamed prehistoric wilds to journeying to the center of the Earth, and Tales of the Maya Skies, which explores ancient Maya culture, science, art, and mythology.
Laser Light Shows are presented the first and third Saturday each month starting at 7 PM featuring such musical legends as Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, and Metallica.
The Paul Dennis Science Hall is a great place to explore weather, robotics, space, and a host of other scientific activities. Interactive and kid-friendly, you can learn about hurricanes and experience a category 1 storm in the Hurricane Simulator or see how a roof-top weather station operates.
Climb aboard the International Space Station in an interactive touch screen exhibit and see videos on the latest news on space and the environment. Learn about robotics and nano technology, explore magnetic forces and magnet interaction, and create designs with the harmonograph.
You'll find unique, science-based gifts, games, toys, puzzles, tee-shirts, and more in the Galaxy Gift Shop, so be sure and check it our before you leave.
7625 High Market Street
Sunset Beach, NC 28468
910-575-0033 or 910-579-1016
Click here for the planetarium website.
Friday and Saturday, 11:30 AM to 4 PM
Laser music shows, every first and third Saturday of the month, at 7 PM, doors open at 6:30 PM
$9.50 adults (13-61)
$8.50 seniors (62+)
$7.50 children (3-12)
ages 2 and under free
While you're in the area, you might want to visit the Old Sunset Beach Bridge Museum for a gone but not forgotten look at how life used to be and check out some of the other things to do while you're here.
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