Exploring the World of Science: Adding to your Bucket List!
For amateur scientists and keen travellers, it’s such a joy to visit places that combine these two things. There are thousands of opportunities to visit sights and experience the way in which our world continues to develop. From ancient sites of scientific interest to the latest destinations for ecotourism, science is accessible to everyone. Whether you’re after an experience on your doorstep or seeking late deals that offer a sight to remember, here’s a quick selection of places to visit:
Stargazing in the heart of England
Jodrell Bank is perhaps best known for its iconic Lovell Telescope or for its role in hosting the UK’s Stargazing LIVE television show, but it also offers a low-cost day out for the whole family that’s sure to engage minds young and old. From interactive exhibits and hands-on experiments to the Lovell Telescope itself, standing almost 300 feet high over the Cheshire Plain, Jodrell Bank brings science to life at every turn. Showcasing astronomy and physics alongside its botanical gardens, you’ll be captivated and inspired in equal measure.
Natural History Museum, London
Among the many free museums and attractions in the nation’s capital, the National History Museum (NHM) ranks high as a compelling, must-see destination – if you can manage the crowds! With exhibits covering archaeology and botany to its iconic dinosaurs and fossil collections, there are usually moving exhibits that provide something new to see if you’re a returning visitor. Exhibits change regularly, and there’s a wealth of activities on offer for science lovers of all ages. Grabbed a late deal to London? Head for the NHM and experience a world of scientific discovery.
Leave a green footprint behind you
In recent years, ecotourism has become increasingly popular. Combining travel to exotic and unlikely destinations with the opportunity to really make a difference to local communities, few journeys can offer such reward. A trip to the Monte Verde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica offers an experience of a lifetime, where thousands of species of plants and animals naturally co-exist in a fragile habitat. Enjoy a guided hike or visit the Cloud Forest Reserve and see the Resplendent Quetzal – a twitcher’s dream.
Prepare to blast off at Space Camp
The annual European Space Camp at Norway’s Andoya Rocket Range offers a fantastic opportunity for teenagers to experience space science and rocketry under the direct supervision of prominent rocket scientists. What space-mad teenager could fail to be captivated by this blend of rocket design and telemetry, capped with the launch of their own vehicle? A week-long visit combines lectures on a range of science topics with hands-on learning, social and community activities.
An American treasure trove
Few destinations can offer so much scientific interest as the world-famous Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. Spread over 19 distinct galleries and museums, there’s something for everyone, with natural history nestled alongside air and space exhibits, observatories and the National Zoological Park. If you’re wondering what late deal to book this year, why not head for Washington and this scientific jewel.
About the Author: Jane Shelley is an Australian travel writer. She has ventured to Asia, Europe, Britain and the United States, and has her sights set on the Middle East for the near future. She has a particular interest in science and teaching, and worked for a while as a TEFL teacher in South Korea.