Duke World of Energy: Learn About What Powers The Upstate

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Do you have a young one with an inquisitive mind? Bring them to the Duke World of Energy where they can learn how the electricity that keeps the lights on at home is generated and brought to local houses and businesses.

Did we mention this exhibit is FREE?

We know our readers love free things to do near Greenville so, Kidding Around Contributor, Melanie Coblentz visited the Duke World of Energy with her children and she’s bringing our readers all the information they need to plan their own visit soon!

Looking for more Free Things to do in the Upstate? Here’s our list of free and low-cost things to do near Greenville, SC!

Located on the southern shore of beautiful Lake Keowee, The Oconee Nuclear Plant provides energy to nearly 2 million homes. There is a multitude of steps that go into producing so much energy, and families can learn all about it at the power plant’s educational center.

Inside the Duke World of Energy

The Duke World Of Energy is a free hands-on exhibit. Visitors will learn how electricity is generated at the plant and how the surrounding lakes contribute. You’ll start off with a short film, followed by a variety of interactive educational displays about energy production at the plant. The experience takes about 45 minutes.

As you enter each exhibit room, the presentation is started by an interactive touchpad. Starting the show was one of my son’s favorite parts. As you move from room to room you will learn about the process the plant uses to create the power that flows into homes. The way the exhibit is set up, in multiple rooms will keep kids from toddler to school-age entertained. About halfway through, you’ll find a huge picture window overlooking the power plant – a perfect photo opportunity. I was surprised to learn that this is the fifth-largest nuclear plant in the country.

Duke Energy Reactor Viewing platform

The exhibits towards the end seemed to be the stars of the show for my children. My son loved the security display which features half of a car and the mirrored tool they use to check underneath cars entering the facility. The last two rooms – my daughter’s favorite – feature a simulated outdoor space, complete with taxidermy animals and an adjoining room that looks like a home. She loved looking out the window back into the “outdoor” room and waving to us. Outside the exhibit, you’ll find hands-on activities that include the chance to generate electricity, test your energy knowledge & dress up like a Duke Energy lineman.

Topography map of the Upstate

Nature Trail and More at Duke Energy

After visiting the World of Energy exhibit, head outside to the quarter-mile nature trail by the lake. You’ll find a covered picnic shelter, a fishing pier, and even a butterfly garden that’s open during the warmer months. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of dining options nearby, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead and bring a picnic.

If you are looking to spend a leisurely afternoon fishing, hiking, or simply relaxing with the family, we think you’re sure to enjoy the World of Energy and nature trail. The view is breathtaking, and you just might learn something while you’re there!

Don’t forget to check the Duke Energy website for events. In the past, The World of Energy has been host to several community events, including a National Hunting and Fishing Day event and a home school day.

Want to Visit Duke World of Energy? Here are The FAQ:

Duke World Of Energy
7812 Rochester Highway | Seneca, SC 29672
800.777.1004 (option 1)

Hours:
Open 10 am-4 pm
Wednesday through Friday
These hours have been reduced from the pre-COVID operating hours and are subject to change. Please confirm the hours before you head to the World Of Energy.

About the Author
Melanie is a native New Yorker, who landed in the Upstate by way of Florida. She is the mom of two awesome kids, and the three of them love going on adventures!

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