Chabot Space & Science Center
Head into the Oakland Hills to visit the Chabot Space & Science Center, dedicated to educating the public about Earth and the universe. Visitors get access to several telescopes and an observation deck in a natural setting full of redwood trees. Don’t miss the chance for a night viewing or a laser light show in the planetarium.
Students of all ages enjoy the large range of interactive exhibits at the Chabot Space & Science Center. View cosmic rays in real time, and see a re-created version of the sky the way it was on the day you were born (or another day of your choosing). Or, get hands-on in the Project Create tinkering space and the Discovery Lab. To avoid ticket lines, pay for admission online in advance—free parking is typically included.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Chabot Space & Science Center is the perfect destination for families and science enthusiasts.
Budding stargazers can attend Chabot’s meetings of amateur astronomers.
The planetarium and the Nellie reflector telescope are wheelchair-accessible.
How to Get There
The Chabot Space & Science Center is located at 10000 Skyline Boulevard, in Redwood Regional Park. As city bus service can be inconsistent, the easiest way to get there is by car. Take Highway 13, then look for the Chabot sign off Joaquin Miller Road, on Skyline Boulevard. To arrive by public transit, take AC Transit bus 399 from the Fruitvale BART station.
When to Get There
The Chabot Space & Science Center is open Wednesday through Sunday. Go on a Friday or Saturday evening for access to Chabot’s large telescopes. Check the center’s website for hours and special events. For the Bay Area’s best temperatures, plan to visit in midspring, when you can expect mild, dry weather.
Exploring Redwood Regional Park
Oakland is a bustling California city, which makes Redwood Regional Park feel that much more magical. Highlights include extensive hiking trails and a large stand of old-growth coastal redwoods. The park is a good weekend destination, since it’s often less crowded than other, more popular outdoor attractions, such as Marin’s Muir Woods.