Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tennessee is one of my favorite places to visit. They started a brand new tradition this year that I think a lot of people are really going to like. For Valentine’s Day, they are showing “Romance Under the Stars” at Sudekum Planetarium. There are two showings, one a few days before Valentine’s that we attended, and one on Valentine’s Night. This alone makes them one of my favorite places in Nashville, but there is more, and I will tell you about it in just a bit.
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Romance Under The Stars
But first, lets talk about this new program. Romance under the Stars is great. For $25 a couple (as of 2017) you get admission to the show and a small box of Chocolates from Paul’s Chocolate Gallery in Franklin, Tennessee (They are so good!).
As you and your partner arrive and get seated there is a skyline of Nashville projected on the dome of the Sudekum Planetarium. The show starts with a sunset, and you get to see the stars come out. After that, the host tells stories about the origins of constellations, Greek Mythology, and other space related romance. The presentation is visually stunning and informative. The way the seats are arranged makes it feel like you are lying under the open sky with your partner. If you are lucky like we were, when the show is over you might just get to see someone propose! How cool is that!?
Way Late Play Dates
Most of the time when you think of Science Museums, you think of kids. Well, my friend, you are thinking wrong. Adventure Science Center has special evenings set aside every few months just for adults. These evenings are called “Way Late Play Dates” are usually themed. Some of the recent themes have been: Dr. Who, Harry Potter, Dystopian Worlds, and Star Wars.
Tickets are $35 for non-members and $25 for members. They include admission to all exhibits and activities, three beverage tickets (beer, wine and soft drinks), a planetarium show and a souvenir cup. The activities usually include a Planetarium show, a costume contest, some educational activities, and other special things depending on the theme. There are usually food trucks on site so you can make a full evening of the event. Dress up in costume, have some local beer, and dinner from a food truck and play through the night.
I told you about Romance Under the Stars, but that is only a tiny portion of the great programs you can see at the Sudekum Planetarium at Adventure Science Center. They also show Skies Over Nashville, Stars of the Pharaohs, and amazing music shows. My favorites have been the Pink Floyd Laser show (it blew my mind) and the Beatles show, but they have also featured many other artists including Led Zeppelin. Be sure to check out the Second Saturday Shows on their website to see all of the upcoming features!
Okay, if the regular events weren’t enough to settle it, the special events that Adventure Science Center has surely cements it as one of Nashville’s coolest spots. On August 21, they will be hosting a special event for the Total Solar Eclipse that will be visible from Middle Tennessee. This is going to be a once in a lifetime event and what better place to see it and learn about it.
The Science Center is uniquely situated in Nashville too. Looking out from its front door, there is a beautiful view of Nashville’s skyline. On the 4th of July you can take advantage of this great location and view one of the nation’s best and biggest fireworks displays from Adventure Science Center’s Lawn. Tickets to this include admission to the center from 7-10 pm and free parking in their lot to view the fireworks with a live feed of the sound. There are also some tasty food trucks that stop by for this event you should definitely check out.
Go See it!
If you find yourself in Nashville, it is definitely worth checking out Adventure Science Center. They have amazing exhibits for everyone, and fantastic activities for adults. If you have kids its a great place for them too! Check out these other Downtown Nashville Attractions too.