This is a different museum, that's for sure! It's devoted entirely to dentistry. It talks about replacement teeth and how it's gone from ivory to porcelain, has mouthguards and teeth from famous individuals in history, and has a lot of facts about the practice of dentistry, the development of novacaine, etc. Unique and fun!
This is such a great library. Most libraries have a really small collection of books on tape or books in Braille for the blind or handicapped, who want to enjoy books but can't read traditionally. My aunt has multiple sclerosis and can't hold a book or turn the pages well, so she checks audio books out here. The Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped has a lot of popular titles, mysteries to follow along with, and even magazines to enjoy. This is a really nice library that provides a really sweet service, and houses a huge collection.
Frank is hilarious - he has a sarcastic sense of humor similar to Jay Leno's and had me laughing a lot while he taught. It was actually a pleasure missing American Idol to come to driving class! He's also an expert on driving and does a better job instructing than some competing driving schools, whose quizzes and tests are a cinch to pass (without having to study) and a complete joke. Walking out of Frank's class, you'll know the rules of the road, tips on safe driving in different weather conditions, and how to be a good driver and avoid accidents/tickets. He's really a very knowledgeable person with a lot of experience, and makes sure you're prepared for the road. Thanks Frank! I miss your classes! =)
This is a really great miniature golf setup. It's a challenging course, with moving and spinning targets to throw off your shot - but who doesn't like a challenge? I love their decorations - a lot of work and effort went into building the course, and it really shows! As a hint, if you go in the morning, not only you will avoid crowds (who likes people following closely behind and pressuring you to hurry on a shot?) and get reduced admission prices. For extra discounts, check Ocean City magazine for coupons.
The museum is pretty small, with only a few alligators, pirannahs, and fish on display. If you get the chance to see a feeding, it's pretty cool to see the pirannahs go at the food. They're pretty aggressive creatures! The fish are really unique, and not just your usual clownfish. I think it's worth it to see once - it's only $5 per person, it's a pretty intimate setting, and you're not rushed by huge crowds to move away from a display case while you're still looking. Neat.
PROS: Not huge crowds, $5 a ticket
My family and I all found something to enjoy here. The topics they touched on were immense (genetics & the inheritance of genes, global warming & its damages, DNA & tracking criminals, what dark matter is, the composition of the universe & its expansion). I think this is geared towards an older audience (8th grade and beyond), and anyone younger may not have an appreciation or understanding of these topics. It's great for teenagers, college students, and adults, and very interesting. I love this science center!
PROS: Only $5 admission!
CONS: Not for small children
Kids love this museum, and adults find it interesting, too! The MD Science Center does a nice job of keeping exhibits fresh and allowing exhibits to linger long enough for everyone to appreciate them and get a feel for them, but not too long for them to become stale and old. They rotate them throughout the year, so kids have something new to discover and enjoy. Everything is hands on; it isn't boring, rote memorization, but exhibits that kids can engage in, learn through discovery, and make their own. This was designed with kids in mind, knowing kids have active imaginations and bodies, and want to let loose and enjoy, not have barriers and prohibitions on touching exhibits.
Although this zoo has what zoos traditionally have: primates, large cats, aquatic species, birds, and everything in between, the National Zoo goes above and beyond in creative exhibits. As a psychology major, I loved their display on animal cognition & thinking patterns, and learned that the weight and size of the cerebral cortex determines each animal's placement on the intelligence spectrum.
The Reptile Discovery Center had kimono dragons, something I'd never seen at my local zoo before. That was impressive to me. I think in general, the National Zoo has a bigger variety of species than what you'd expect.
Even if you've been to your local zoo, come here for a whole new experience in the animal kingdom!
The Smithsonian is home to some of the most famous exhibits throughout the world. Particularly notable is the Hope Diamond, the most expensive and largest deep blue diamond in the world. It's home to Mercury Friendship 7, the aircraft John Glenn used to circle the earth three times in just five hours. It has special exhibits all the time, as well as these classic pieces that will remain locked inside for all of history.
I loved taking a tour of this mansion and surrounding gardens. It's been preserved since the 50s, and never updated and upgraded to more modern sculptures, so history has been frozen. I adored looking at the French and Russian artifacts and artwork, particularly the gold and borderline gaudy neoclassical French room. I would go back to see it a second time around!