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- Wear comfortable shoes if you plan on doing the walking tour.
- While the museum’s exhibits are not graphic, they can be emotionally taxing and some may find them overwhelming.
- Entry to the 9/11 Tribute Museum is included in the New York Sightseeing Pass.
- The museum is wheelchair accessible.
- The 16th Street Mall is a must for shoppers; stick around for bar-hopping and nightlife after dark.
- This area is best explored on foot, though you can hop aboard the free MallRide shuttle if you need a rest.
- Note that public restrooms can be in short supply in this area.
- Pedicabs and horse-drawn carriages are available for hire.
- There is free Wi-Fi along the entire mall.
The journey is almost entirely flat and passes by numerous public restrooms and eateries, especially at Venice Beach and Manhattan Beach. By any means, traveling the path is an ideal activity for families and couples, or anyone who wants to find a bit of quiet time and fresh air while visiting this enormous city renowned for its traffic.
The Santa Monica Pier makes an excellent starting point for a bike-path journey, and offers several places to rent bicycles.
- Experiencing 17-Mile Drive is a must-do for all first-time visitors to this section of California’s Central Coast.
- The drive takes about 20 minutes, but allow yourself at least two hours if you want to stop at the lookouts and take in the scenery.
- The Inn at Spanish Bay and the Lodge at Pebble Beach have the only services open to the public (gas station, restrooms, restaurants).
- Hotel or restaurant reservations along the drive will get you out of the non-resident fee.
- Bicycles travel free of charge; motorcycles are not allowed.
The first planetarium built in the western hemisphere, the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum still captures intergalactic imaginations. From the entrance, visitors descend below the building, which has 12 sides, one for each sign of the zodiac. In the newest wing, a digital sky show recreates such cataclysmic phenomena as supernovas. Interactive exhibits allow you to simulate cosmic events such as a meteor hitting the earth (this one is especially cool).
Inside, the main attraction is the StarRider Theater, where you’ll take a 30 minute virtual reality trip through deep space, with eye-popping 3-D graphics. You’ll literally feel like you’re floating in space. The planetarium's exhibition galleries are equally engaging, with myriad displays and interactive activities. A must-see exhibit is “Shoot For The Moon,” an interactive exhibit on lunar exploration. Other exhibits include “From the Night Sky to the Big Bang,” which highlights the planetarium's extensive collection of astronomical artifacts.
Near the entrance to the Adler is a 12 foot (4 meter) sundial dedicated to the golden years of astronomy. West of the sundial, in the median, a bronze statue of Copernicus shows the 16th century Polish astronomer holding a compass and a model of the solar system.
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum is located on the Museum Campus in the South Loop, just off Lakeshore Drive. Both buses and El lines get you here. Nearby attractions include the John G. Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum of Natural History, which are all within walking distance. The whole place can be easily covered in less than two hours.
The sky show programs last about 50 minutes. On the first Friday night of every month - aka Far Out Fridays - the Adler's astronomers bring out their telescopes and let you view the skies along with them. The museum café has great views of the lakefront and skyline.
- Be prepared for traffic during summer’s peak visitation. Beat the crowds by arriving early and buying your visitor’s pass online, or booking a tour in advance.
- The weather is constantly changing on the Maine coast, so be prepared with sunscreen and dress in layers so you can peel off gear when the sun is out.
- The park allows pets so long as they are kept on a leash.
Centered around Columbia Road and 18th Street, it can make an excellent end to a day’s exploration of nearby Dupont Circle, the U-Street Corridor, or both. In the evenings, check out Habana Village for salsa dancing and Cuban food; Ghana Cafe for West African cuisine and, on the weekends, live African music; or local landmark Madams Organ for live jazz, blues and soul food.
If you can only get here during the day, though, try to come on a Saturday for the outdoor Latin Quarter market at Columbia and 18th, or take a wander by the elegant statues in Meridian Hill Park, once considered as a possible location for the White House.
- Allow about one hour for your visit.
- The 360 Chicago site is fully wheelchair accessible.
- Architect’s Corner Bar & Café has a full bar and serves coffee, gelato, breakfast, and snacks near the viewing windows.
- The Tilt experience is not included with general admission.
- While 6th Street is sleepy during the day, it’s not appropriate for young kids in the evening, when the bar crowds fill the streets.
- The scene skews heavily toward college students and 20-somethings, with shot bars and honky-tonks that cater to that demographic.
- A portion of 6th Street is closed to traffic on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, so parking can be difficult to find.
- There’s an admission charge to enter the museum.
- Discounted tickets are available for students, seniors, and active military; children under 6 are free.
- The house is arranged over different floors accessed by stairs and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility.