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A Cosmic Romantic Evening at the Holcomb Observatory & Planetarium

Duration: Around 3 hours
Budget: $0

Spend an intellectual and romantic evening with your partner under the stars. This free date night idea provides you with stargazing and an educational experience about space and astronomy.

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  • Your intellectual date night begins at the largest public observatory in Indiana, Holcomb Observatory & Planetarium on the Butler University campus. The observatory has a huge telescope that you and your partner can use to explore the stars. Begin your evening with a live presentation about the night sky in the planetarium. After the presentation, you get to use Indiana's largest telescopes to view the stars, planets, and more.
  • The fascinating view of the stars and the vast cosmos will transport you to another world away from hustle and bustle of city life. To add more intimacy and romance to the evening, you can share sweet whispers with your partner under the sparkling stars. This out-of-the-world experience would definitely be a memorable and intellectual romantic date night.
  • Don't forget to dress in layers as it can get quite nippy in the evening in Indianapolis in October and the observatory isn't heated.

Preparation steps:

  • This date doesn't require any significant preparation. Don't forget to bring a photo ID (they might need it for the entry) and a mask (as the venue might still require it due to the ongoing pandemic). Also, bring a pair of binoculars if you have them, you never know when you might need them.
  • No need to worry about bringing any drinks, snacks, or telescope, everything is provided at the observatory. Also, make sure your phone is fully charged as you might want to take some pictures of the amazing view.
  • Try to get to the Holcomb Observatory & Planetarium early as the place gets crowded very quickly. The doors usually open 30 minutes before the show starts, so plan your journey accordingly.

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Some tips:

  • Check the schedule: Plan your evening in accordance with the Public Tour Night schedule at the observatory. These schedules can change due to the weather or the season. Check their website before planning your date.
  • Arrive early: The doors open 30 minutes before the show starts, get there early to grab the best seats. The planetarium is first-come-first-serve seating and it fills up pretty quickly.
  • Wear comfortable clothes: Dress in layers as it can get cold during the night. Also, wear comfortable shoes as you will need to move between the planetarium and the observatory.

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