Gujarat’s former capital and a leading city, Ahmedabad is rich in fascinating traditions, bustling commercial centres, and a booming industrial sector that feeds the city’s popularity. Among these is Gujarat Science City, simply known as Science City by the locals, a theme park (of sorts) that can well be considered a Disneyland for science enthusiasts. It is an initiative of the state government in order to promote scientific temperate among the communities of Gujarat, wherein visitors are exposed to state-of-the-art interactive equipments and programs that combine the art of learning with entertainment. While curiosity is key here, Gujarat Science City’s various exhibitions, live demonstrations, interactive shows, and several other facilities ensure that visitors leave with an urge to learn more! This guide to Gujarat Science City, Ahmedabad will help you navigate through this mini-city so that you don’t lose on out on the best experience.
Things to do / Highlights
Tour through the entire facility
Gujarat Science City is divided into 11 sections – IMAX Theatre, Hall of Space, Hall of Science, Planet Earth, Energy Education Park, Life Science Park, Amphitheatre, Children’s Activity Centre, Musical Fountain, Electrodome, and Thrill Ride – that you can visit depending on your personal preference. Catching a 3D or 4D movie at the IMAX theatre and checking out various interesting science models in the Hall of Science are two of the most popular activities visitors usually go in for. Remember that timings and admission charges for each of these vary so check the official website for specific details.
Hitch the simulation rides
Science City has an entire section dedicated to simulation-centric thrill rides – fun with a blend of learning! There are some generic thrill rides, while some are centred around dinosaurs as well. Each of the ride sessions are about 20 minutes long and tickets for each are available on-site. If you’re heading with little children, don’t miss this!
Learn about kinetic energy and calisthenics while catching a fountain show
The musical fountain at Science City isn’t a mere thing of aesthetics, instead a fountain that combines the science behind water’s kinetic energy and the calisthenics of the human body, amplified by artful use of music, lights, and other effects. The fountain’s water jets are tuned to emulate a dancing human being, and with all effects coming together, make for a real sight to behold. The musical fountain shows are held every evening and can be witnessed by visitors for free!
Attend one of the events/exhibitions
Plenty of seasonal, daily, and weekly events are held at Gujarat Science City – vocational training programs, olympiads, live experiments, and other enrichment programs. The official website is regularly updated with information regarding these so try and attend one if they’re being planned around the time of your visit.
Reserve in advance
If you don’t mind transacting online, it is recommended that you reserve your spots for the 3D or 4D movies at the IMAX Theatre in advance. This is quite a popular attraction among visitors so you may run a chance of missing it if you’re waiting to buy on site.
Gujarat Science City is huge and has to be largely accessed on foot. Remember to do your research in advance to narrow down on the activities/sections you’d like to particularly focus on. An e-map of the entire facility is available on the official that you can use.
Avail attractive discounts
If you’re planning to go to Gujarat Science City as a group of more than 25 visitors, remember to check its official website for information regarding attractive discounts on admission as well as several activities. These discounts are also valid for those of you planning a school tour or a commercial visit as well.
How to get there
Gujarat Science City can be easily reached in a private or rented vehicle. It is located about 500 m (1,650 ft) from Sadbhav Circle, S. P. Ring Road, along S. G. Highway.
You can hitch a public bus to reach Gujarat Science City. Regardless of which bus you hop into, depending on your location, you’ll need to get off at Science City bus stop. It will be walking distance to your destination.
You can also hire a local taxi or an auto-rickshaw (three-wheeler). These are easily available along all the main roads in the city. Otherwise, you also have an option of hiring cabs provided by service providers, such as Ola and Uber. All you need to do is download their app(s) and go touring away!
Admission as well as activity-specific tickets are available on site, at the ticket counter by Science City’s entrance. To avoid hassle-free entry, you can book admission tickets online, here. This website also provides timings for specific activities and sections so you can book tickets for those too. Third-party operators, such as Klook, also provide pre-planned tours that focus on Science City’s highlights.
Gujarat Science City Ticket in Ahmedabad
Gujarat Science City information
Gujarat Science City
Address: Science City Rd, Off, Sarkhej - Gandhinagar Hwy, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380060
Opening hours: 10am - 8pm (daily)
Cost: 1 USD for admission (specific activity charges separate); 1 USD per vehicle
Official website: Gujarat Science City
Department of tourism: Gujarat Tourism
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