Whether you're on a first date, celebrating your anniversary, or looking for a romantic night out, it’s easy to plan a unique (and totally Instagram-worthy) Thursday date night along the Embarcadero.
1. Meet in front of the iconic Ferry Building.
Start your day at the beautiful Ferry Building. This 100-year-old terminal-turned-public-food-market is every foodie’s dream, with local favorites Blue Bottle Coffee, Miette Bakery, and Cowgirl Creamery topping the list.
2. Arrive at the main attraction on your San Francisco date night.
The Exploratorium hosts its adults-only evenings every Thursday night where you can play with more than 650 hands-on exhibits when there are no kids around. Along with themed nights such as Glow, After Dark hosts programs that will titillate your taste buds, illuminate the possibilities of film, bring the periodic table to life, and more. You can expect anything from unique guest speakers and specialty films to one-of-a-kind activities.
3. Wine and dine to your heart’s content.
Every Thursday After Dark, the museum hosts full bars on the floor with cocktails, wine, and craft beer on tap. The Exploratorium's two in-house eateries–Seismic Joint Café and Seaglass Restaurant–serve both crowd pleasers and foodie favorites, from poké bowls to the meatless Impossible Burger. For those looking for a romantic meal, the Seaglass Restaurant offers waterfront views and a seasonal, locally-sourced menu. If you're looking for coffee or a quick snack, the Seismic Joint Café is open until 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays.
4. Commemorate the night.
The Exploratorium offers practically endless photo opportunities. Explore our immersive exhibition In Silhouette, and discover something new inside the darkened Black Box. Share your favorite moments with us by tagging #MyExploratorium.
5. Let the night unfold
The Exploratorium closes at 10:00 p.m., but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Consider trading in your ticket for an After Dark membership and enjoy a year of complimentary access to every After Dark evening for as little as $45. You'll get to skip the line at the bars (yes, there's a special members-only line), save 10% at the Exploratorium stores, and get invited to special members-only parties.