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The night challenge: 14+ ideas for night events and adventures

The night challenge: 14+ ideas for night events and adventures

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The challenge: Make the most of the night with this list of exciting late-time travel and cultural activities

There are many attractions which stay open even when its dark outside. There are also events specially created to make your night more interesting. Its a different world when you trade the light of the sun for the light of the moon and the stars. Here are a few examples just to kick off. 

Late night events:

European Night of Museums – This is the night when many museums and galleries in Europe remain open until midnight and host special events. All comes with a sweet free entry. It takes place every year on the Saturday closest to 18th May – the International Day of Museums. Official website is here. 

European Literature Night – Celebrities read excerpts from European works of art. It takes place in May. Official website is here. 

European Theater Night – Theaters and opera houses open their doors for tours and special events. Plays are sold at special prices. It’s held in November. Official website is here.

European Researchers’ Night – research centers and museums open doors to show their achievements (every year in late September.

Open-air cinema – enjoy a movie under the stars at the closest cinema near you.

Attractions open during the night:

The Colosseum – Every summer from May until October the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, is open until midnight on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (reservation necessary).

The Brooklyn Museum – In New York, the Brooklyn Museum has free admission until 11 p.m. the first Saturday of each month (except September).

The Top of the Rock observation deck at Rockefeller Center offers 70th floor views of Manhattan until midnight (last elevator up is at 11 p.m.).

The Empire State Buildings observation deck is open until 2 a.m.

Night markets in Thailand – in Bangkok, Thailand, every district has its own night market where you can find all kinds of food, goods and fun activities, at the same time immersing yourself the best way possible into local life. Try the biggest market, Rot Fai, or the bohemian JJ Green Night Market.

Other night adventures:

Join a night sky watch through a telescope – find the nearest astronomical observatory and check possible dates.

Organize a night picnic with lanterns/candles/campfire.

Go far from the city lights to watch the Perseid meteor shower in mid-August.

Take a night hike through the mountains – Under the only light of the moon or a headlamp – with an experienced guide or along trails you know like the back of your hand.