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California Academy of Sciences

#13 of 546 things to do in San Francisco Features Animals
55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118
+1 415-379-8000
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The world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum. Come nose-to-beak with penguins and parrots, watch sharks and sting rays cruise beneath your feet, and feel the spray of the California coast. Fly to Mars (and beyond the Milky Way!) from the safety of your planetarium seat, take a virtual safari in African Hall, or climb into the canopy of a living rainforest. Face your fears—and an albino alligator—inside the Swamp, and meet scientists as they return from research expeditions around the world. From the depths of a Philippine coral reef to the outer reaches of the Universe, it's all inside the California Academy of Sciences.
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  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“living roof” (270 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118
Golden Gate Park
+1 415-379-8000
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We bought a San Francisco Explorer Pass from Costco and this was one of the attraction options. The rainforest area was my favorite but the entire academy was fun to explore.

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The kids discoverd and learned many things.Things that have never seen before. An amezing experience to see how the earthquake is develop, it takes you to a new demention. Also my respects and thanks to the food court chefs, amezing food. I wish i could...More

Thank european0101
Reviewed 3 days ago

Lots of interesting exhibits, prepare to spend an entire day there. Get there early to avoid lines ;) Good food options on site.

Thank noveck
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very cool feature!! Simulates recent '89 quake and the one from 1906. Gives you a good understanding of just how much the ground shook and how scary it must have been for the residents. Also, cool albino alligator is housed here.

Thank TravlerMary
Reviewed 4 days ago

Don't miss it especially if you travel with children. An amazing place full of learning opportunities

Thank Ma M
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is out at Golden Gate Park - get a bus from the centre of the city. It has a living roof which you can visit, a walk through rain forest complete with butterflies etc.... There is an amazing aquarium and a number of other...More

Thank Nick D
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Get there early, crowds are thick. Buy tickets on line, they can scan from your phone. Or look into package deals .Some around that do the bus/cable car and other stuff. Makes it cheaper More a museum than about science. Would be great for kids,lots...More

Thank Sillybuggers2
Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful location, great location, stunning contents. I would go just to go through the rain forest habitat and look at the live butterflies. You are inside the exhibit with the butterflies and you go up ramps several stories (there are elevators too). The live fish...More

Thank Mark37Chicago
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great place for young and old alike You could loose a whole day + in these spaces. The only downside was the food but that seems quite usual in America to offer only fast food style eatery.

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Wonderful variety of interactive, hands on activities, displays and live exhibits. Helpful friendly staff. Great place for the whole family.

Thank Nicole R
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Rajiv S
17 July 2017|
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Response from Alexander S | Reviewed this property |
Dear Rajiv, you are right that both California Academy of Science in SFO and the Field Museum in Chicago are unique. But they are unique in their own way. I would recommend visiting both of them, as you might discover lots... More
Richelda R
16 June 2017|
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Response from Heidi W | Reviewed this property |
It was very expensive. We were there for a couple of hours and it cost $22. Don't park in the garage! There is street parking just drive around some. It's free to park on the street.
Brianna S
3 April 2017|
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Response from CalAcademyofSciences | Property representative |
Hi Brianna! You can absolutely leave and come back the same day, just request a hand-stamp from a door attendant before exiting. You're also totally welcome to bring you own food—we offer seating in the Piazza and in both... More