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Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland
(4.1/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
This 86,000 square foot center offers interactive space and science exhibitions, immersive digital-dome planetarium shows, and giant screen MegaDome shows. Chabot is also home to largest research-quality telescopes open to the public west of the Mississippi.
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  • We went on a special evening Friday (first of the month) $5. You can see a 130 years old telescope that is still working clearly. Lots of astronaut suits and areas for kids to play. Highly recommended...  more »
  • This is an interactive science center with a lot of hands on activities to whet the science appetite. The telescopes are amazing. 
  • Even Oaklanders often don't know about this little gem in the Oakland hills. Combine it with a walk in Redwood parks nearby.. Go to their website to see more info. 
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  • Fun jaunt in beautiful surroundings. Brings the science nerd out in me.
  • I don't understand the reviews by other adults praising this organization. Maybe these individuals haven't really been exposed to much space stuff. The exhibits are basic, tacky and, frankly, falling apart. The science on display is super simple and feels like it hasn't been updated since the 90's. Other than the Soviet/Russian equipment on display, not much to see here. If you have kids, like really little kids, I can see this being fun for them. But, then again, really little kids can have fun doing pretty much anything. If you don't have kids, stay away. This was the most underwhelming experience maybe of my entire life. My friends and I still laugh about it.
  • This place is awesome and is great for families with childlren. A must experience for anyone to check out.
  • Great place to come on the weekends when the telescopes are open to the public. Also has great views of the bay and excellent trails surrounding it.
  • Awesome place, there's a lot to check out here. The hikes at night are really neat.