Published 9:33 am Saturday, March 18, 2017

It’s almost time for spring break. Here are a few places to visit nearby that won’t break the bank.

Lego mania has come to the McWane Science Center in Birmingham, thanks to Lego creator extraordinaire Wesley Higgins, who made a to-scale replica unveiled in the center March 10. (Donna Cope / Alabama NewsCenter)

A replica of the McWane Science Center, made completely of Lego® blocks, is taking children’s and adults’ imaginations by storm. Indeed, Wesley Higgins’ model of Birmingham’s McWane Science Center and the old Loveman’s Department Store is taking the fascination with Lego to new heights.

The McWane Center is located in downtown Birmingham, 200 19th Street N. Birmingham, AL 35203. Tickets range from $8 for Imax Only for children to $18 for combo tickets for adults.

Children check out skeletons at the Estuarium.
Courtesy of DISL

The Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab will open a new exhibit hall today. Windows to the Sea is a new permanent exhibit that provides a unique look at the oceans through the use of techology, including the installation of “Sounds of the Sea,” which teleports visitors through the Delta, Gulf of Mexico, and beyond with sounds of the alligator, various fish, the Gaillard Island brown pelican and more.
The Estuariam is located at 102 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island. Admission is $11 for adults and $6 for students.

Owned and operated by Columbus State University, the Coca-Cola Space Science Center innovatively combines education and entertainment to promote science exploration and discovery throughout Columbus and the Southeast. Along with a host of interactive gallery exhibits, the center is home to the Challenger Learning Center mission simulator, MeadWestvaco Observatory, Omnisphere Planetarium Theater.
Located at 701 Front Ave., Columbus, GA 31901. Admission is $4 for children and $6 for adults.

The Sepulga River Canoe Trail is becoming increasingly popular with nature lovers in Alabama. One of the biggest attractions of paddling the Sepulga River is the possibility of finding fossils, such as shark teeth. Most locals put in kayaks and canoes in the 7.5-mile route from Bull Slough Bridge to Bottle Creek. Bull Slough Bridge:  This old iron bridge is located NE of the community of Brooklyn on Bull Slough Road approximately 1.4 miles east of the intersection of Bull Slough Road and CR-43. Bottle Creek:  From Brooklyn, at intersection of Conecuh County Road 6 and 42, travel east 0.3 miles to ramp.