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Space Destinations

Columbia Memorial Space Center

Hands-on learning center that is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. The 20,000-square-foot visitor center is equipped with not only amazing technology and visual teaching exhibits, it also holds engaging classes and workshops, plus camps and birthday parties.

Griffith Observatory

Visitors can look through telescopes, explore exhibits, see live shows, and enjoy spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign. Plus, monthly Star Parties and sunset hikes to view the evening sky.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Public tours are offered free of charge for groups and individuals on an advance reservation basis. All tours commonly include a multimedia presentation on JPL titled, Journey to the Planets and Beyond, which provides an overview of the Laboratory’s activities and accomplishments.

Mission Control Exhibit at Discovery Cube OC

Step inside a replica of the Jet Propulsion Lab’s control room for the ultimate hands-on space mission! This immersive exhibit allows the next generation of innovators to learn about the wonders of aerospace and the science behind launching rovers and satellites.

Mount Wilson Observatory

Go on tours and view celestial objects through their historic 60-inch or 100-inch telescopes. These are the largest telescopes in the world that are available for public use.

Mt. SAC – Randall Planetarium

Visit the planetarium for lots of family-friendly events and seasonal shows. Free telescope observing is available one night a month. Admission, $1-6.

Orange Coast College Planetarium

New $23-million-dollar facility features state-of-the-art Dome Theatre, Foucault Pendulum, interactive science exhibit hall, NOAA Science on a Sphere globe and more! Public shows offered weekends.

Palomar Observatory

Go see the famous 200-inch Hale Telescope, visit the museum, or go on a guided or self-guided tour from April – October. Visit their website for a virtual tour.

Space Shuttle Endeavor at California Science Center

Guests who come to see Endeavor will begin their experience in Endeavor Together: Parts and People, a companion exhibit featuring artifacts from the shuttle and the external tank. Guests will then be directed to the Samuel Oschin Pavilion to see Endeavor.

Tessmann Planetarium at Santa Ana College

Visit the planetarium for shows that highlight the latest in astronomical discoveries. Weekday shows let visitors tour the Solar System. Saturday evening shows are followed with Night Sky Live, a guided orientation of the celestial objects visible that evening.

The John Drescher Planetarium at Santa Monica College

This computerized planetarium theater is open to the public every Friday night for family-friendly shows. The Night Sky Show is an interactive weekly update on the night sky, with the latest news in space exploration and astronomy.

UCLA Planetarium and Telescope Shows

Public planetarium shows are free, suitable for all ages, and are given by current astronomy graduate students. Show includes discussion about the current night sky, constellations, astronomical phenomena, and more.

Vandenberg Air Force Base

Vandenberg Air Force Base is first and foremost an active-duty military installation, as well as the preeminent West Coast spaceport and test range. It provides indispensable launch, landing, and range capabilities to the nation. Monthly tours of the base are offered and quarterly tours of the Space and Missile Heritage Center are available.