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Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland

(4.2/5 based on 120+ 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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  • This aninteresting place to visit with children to learn about the universe. It is especially interesting when a comment passes close to earth and they open it at night for special viewings. If you wa...  more »
  • Attended Bay Area Children's Film Festival. Excellent event in a great setting! Besides very much enjoying the films, the visit gave us an opportunity to explore the other features of Chabot. Telescop...  more »
  • Arriving at Sunset Friday March 3rd with my wife, Chabot was lit against a starry night, with a beautiful sunset behind San Francisco. (see Pro Tip at the end) The $5 entry was a bargain. The halls we...  more »
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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.