Something “New to See” for San Diego Visitors

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Been there, done that!  Whether this is your second, third or your “I can’t even count how many times I’ve been” trip to San Diego, you’re looking to kick start your vacation with something new. While we could give you a list of restaurants and shops that opened within the past month, we thought it’d be more fun to shed a little light on a monthly event that San Diego locals love: the free public sky viewing at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.

The first thing you probably noticed is the event is free! The perfect price for when you’re looking to try something new. On the first Wednesday of each month, members of the SDAA set up telescopes right outside of the Fleet Center building. Participants can gaze at the moon, planets and some of the brightest stars in the galaxy on clear San Diego evenings. Interested in staying near the Fleet Center during your trip? Learn more about affordable San Diego hotels near Balboa Park.

If you’re looking for even more fun, head to Fleet Center before the evening viewing for the “Sky Tonight” planetarium show which takes place inside at the theater. There are two show times, one at 7pm and another at 8pm, with adult tickets priced at $14 and children’s tickets at $12. As you watch the night sky change in front of your eyes, an expert astronomer will act as narrator, showing you just what to look for. Here are a few other things you should know before you go:

  • Parking is hit or miss, but most say that finding a spot can be tiring. Look to park a little further away at one of the larger lots and walk to the center in Balboa Park or opt for street parking as there is often more during the weekends.
  • Try to arrive at least 15-20 minutes early to ensure that you have time to purchase tickets. Click here if you would prefer to make a purchase online to get it out of the way.
  • By arriving early, you’ll get first choice of seats, however we do have to say that every seat in the house offers a spectacular view.
  • The planetarium show is not recommended for children ages 5 or under simply because of how dark the theater gets and the sophisticated language used by the narrator

The planetarium show and stargazing event is ideal for all visitors, bringing out the “inner-kid” of adults, offering fun and learning for teens and families, and providing a great date-night venue for those romantics tired of your average dinner and a movie.

Want to learn more about fun activities to enjoy in San Diego? Browse our blog and continue checking back in the future. As one of the top cheap downtown San Diego hotels, we’re always writing about money saving tips, fun things to do and local events! And if you know someone who would love spending the evening gazing at the stars, share this post with them on Facebook or Twitter.

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