The Infinity Science Center in Gulfport, Mississippi, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, is a great day trip from New Orleans. Located next to the Mississippi Welcome Center, Infinity also serves as the official NASA’s Stennis Space Center Visitor Center. Infinity Science Center is a non-profit science museum with a mix of exhibit space and hands-on experiential programming. Visiting will delight even the littlest explorer.
As you walk in, the Natrium includes an Engineering Workshop where you can design and build your own inventions.
There is also a Carnivorous Plants Conservatory. Our kids really enjoyed learning about and seeing all of the carnivorous plants.
Earth and Space Galleries
There were simulators and artifacts, video theaters, Smithsonian-loaned artifacts, and a life-sized, walk-through mockup of the International Space Station’s Destiny module. The Earth and Space Galleries teach visitors about space exploration and Earth science.
We explored the deep ocean and an interactive mission to repair a broken oil rig. We tested and predicted the strength of hurricanes. We learned about waves, flooding, space suits, rockets, and so much more!
INFINITY’s 3D Theater
It has a state-of-the-art laser 3D projection system and surround sound audio. The current movie takes you on a 3D journey through Space.
The Biome Boardwalk takes you to the largest attraction, the mighty Saturn V first stage booster, and its five giant F-1 engines. This is the big attraction that you can see from the interstate as you pass by. It was fascinating to see up close!
Along the boardwalk, there are a few other outdoor exhibits. It is also a natural habitat, so you may see wildlife along the way.
There are professional development workshops on a wide variety of science topics. Workshops are aligned to current standards.
One day workshops are held during the school year, and there is a week-long option in June. CEUs are available.
Field trips and Science Exploration classes are offered for students.
Infinity Space Center offers Science Saturday classes. Different topics from biology to rocketry are offered once a month, and all classes incorporate hands-on learning. Classes do require adult participation.
Homeschool Mondays are special Mondays dedicated to the homeschool community. During the traditional school year, they offer a 3-hour event, especially for homeschoolers, with hands-on STEM activities centered on a different theme each month. Homeschool Monday activities are included with admission.
INFINITY Science Center is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. Admission is $18 for adults and $11 for children ages 4 and up. Children under 4 are free.