75 reasons to love the West

The top people, places, things, and trends that make us happy to live here now

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We're inspiring future scientists
Thomas J. Story

We're inspiring future scientists

If you think there’s nothing for you at a children’s science museum, San Francisco’s revamped Exploratorium will blow your mind. It took more than two years and the massed IQs of hundreds of scientists, artists, and other brainiacs, but they remade an old classic into a sleek, interactive monument to scientific inquiry.

The 600 physics and optics and biology and you-name-it exhibits spin, spark, buzz, baffle, and delight. And that’s all before you get a load of the city and bay views from its piertop perch on the Embarcadero. Plus there’s the civilized Seaglass Restaurant, with a comet-inspired bar and tasty, local, sustainable food, like marinated sardines with avocado—yum.

3 big-wow moments:

Step onto artist Fujiko Nakaya’s Fog Bridge, a sculptural span that disappears into ethereal manmade mists.

Listen to the mashup of music and science at the Aeolian Harp, where bay breezes metamorphose into song.

Marvel at a projected sun’s sped-up daytime arc over San Francisco in the Sky Theater. $25, $19/ages 6–17; exploratorium.edu

More: Insider guide to the San Francisco Bay Area 

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