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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

Arranged by the Mgr of Hotel Drisco, this is the most comprehensive tour of this fabulous institution!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank jimbY3323ZF
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is great place for kids. There is a lot to see and do for adults as well. It usually is very crowded.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank pkcush
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A combination of aquarium / planetarium / rain forest / museum that is huge, but still got crowded (we passed on the 1 hr wait for the rain forest). It really is a family oriented place - expect ‘stroller gridlock’ as you try to maneuver...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jerry L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a very cool place, with a lot of things to see. The price is not cheap, mainly considering a whole family but definitely worth it. The planetarium and the forest dome are the biggest attraction but kids with enjoy looking around. The food...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank georgeb895
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really great special event that included visiting the exhibits in the museum. Bars and food were readily available. We had a wonderful time!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Deb O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited with an 8 year old and college student and we all enjoyed. At the time there was an ice skating rink and snowman installation. Get your ticket to see the “galaxy” early to reserve your spot. Earthquake simulation felt really real and the butterflies...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank iamgioiag
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful experience for people of all ages. We spent a day there & really enjoyed the interactive exhibits, planetarium and butterflies. Highly recommend this if you're in San Fran.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 414JoM
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having never been here before, I wasn't sure what to expect. We came with our 3 small kids (oldest was 8) and we all found something to enjoy in here. I recommend getting tickets ahead of time or arriving before it opens if you can...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank marinl893
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a really great time. For the price you get 3 attractions to do. We sadly missed on the planetarium as we didn't realise you had get timed tickets? I'm not sure. By the time we'd done the aquarium and rainforest it was quite...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Roxanne H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The academy contains great Tropical rainforest weather with many wildlife inside it.There is even small planetarium inside it.

Date of experience: February 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