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California Academy of Sciences

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Skip the Line: California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
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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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
Golden Gate Park
+1 415-379-8000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Plan to do a lot of walking. Went on a Sunday which was very crowded. You have to park on one of the streets surrounding the building. Wish we had more time to spend there. I think a mid week visit would be less stressful.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank dawraw
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I never allow enough time for our visit. 2x now we couldnt stay longer to catch the planetarium showing at like 3:30. I just can’t get my family out of the aquarium. One of the really unique things about this aquarium as opposed to the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank TameraF_13
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

One of the best places to visit in SF. I enjoyed it so much I ended up getting the family plus membership so that the family could come back in the future.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank manningl2018
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I have been to quite a few science museums and this is my hands down favorite! Excellent food at the cafe with clearly labelled gluten free options. Prices were very reasonable. I would highly recommend visiting and giving yourself plenty of time to see everything.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank N1730VWbrendaw
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Is a very good museum. Worth to visit it. It will take about 3hrs minimum to walk it around. The forest simulation is impressive

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank joserY1203OA
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

How I wished we'd arrived earlier, I hadn't realised just how much there was to see and should of got there when it opened, it was a Saturday so busy with families, if you can it's probably better on a weekday, but still so much...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Maisy12345
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at the BIg Bus that left us at the door of the museum, tickets can be obtained at the self-service kiosks electronically at that moment. The place is huge, with much to see as the Rain Forest, the Planetarium, the history of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Veri S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Since we had this place recommended we wanted to see it but didn't realise it was so expensive and you even had to pay a bored young woman to check your coat. We enjoyed the aquarium and loved the rainforest with the butterflies and birds....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank flowerlady64
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The floor plan is split into areas. Underneath is the aquarium but the main floor has the planetarium to the left that has shows at set times. To the right is the tropical sphere. It's very humid in here being a tropical climate. All very...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank FroggerDonkey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We hadn’t taken our kids since they were little. We went while our kids were home from college. It was a great family event as adults. We loved the fish and butterflies especially. Many other cool things: sound and color, whales, albino reptiles. There was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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23 November 2018|
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Response from 753gerrim | Reviewed this property |
Well I'm 41 and I really enjoyed it, it's a very interesting museum so if you get a chance I'd recommend you check it out.
Gary D/Linda W
19 November 2018|
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Response from Ambika S | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about the Reindeer, when we visited the Academy it was in August and the highlight was about Earthquakes.
Neha S
21 December 2017|
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Response from ER2013family | Reviewed this property |
We were there on a very busy day in August. I agree with Mark37Chicago that this place handles the crowds well. As he said, get there early and get your planetarium tickets as soon as you can. There will be line-ups... More