I’ve wanted to check out Nightlife at the Academy of Sciences for years, but could never seem to get from downtown to Golden Gate Park fast enough. Thanks to one of my favorite publications, The Bold Italic, I won two free tickets and a great reason to finally make it happen.

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It was a beautiful evening, so we hopped on our bikes and pedaled to the museum, excited to be wowed by science and nature.

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After a quick check-in at the desk, we immediately headed to Morrison Planetarium to snatch up tickets for Dark Universe. Tickets are in high demand, so we were delighted to snag two passes for the 7:30 pm show.

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We had an hour to wander the aquarium before show time, and were amped to spend a few minutes with Claude the albino alligator. The aquarium holds beautiful displays of all different types of water life, from the nearby California coast, to ocean life on the opposite side of Earth.

When it came time to file into the planetarium, we settled in for the show and proceeded to have our minds blown. The imagery broadcasted on their 75 foot projection screen made me feel like I truly was rocketing through space, without ever leaving my seat.


After the show, we grabbed a cocktail from one of the many bar stations, and enjoyed walking through the slightly creepy skull exhibit while sipping our delicious bourbon + espresso drinks.

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I loved the Nightlife experience because it’s such a unique opportunity to be able to explore a museum surrounded by adults. Children are wonderful, but I always feel like I should let their young minds stand in front, while we adults step back to give them room to discover.

After three hours, we had thoroughly examined every available exhibit, and headed out the door to a fog-free San Francisco night. With the nearly full moon shining on our backs, we headed back home already looking forward to our next Nightlife visit.

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