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California Academy of Sciences

Address: 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118 (Golden Gate Park)
Phone Number: 415-379-8000
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Ranked #12 of 333 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Natural History Museums, Science Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums, Museums, Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Arts and crafts, Leisure education
Fee: Yes
Owner description: The world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum. Come...
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Type: Educational Sites, Natural History Museums, Science Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums, Museums, Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Arts and crafts, Leisure education
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Avon, Colorado
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84 reviews 84 reviews
29 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Wonderful place to spend a half day! Our granddaughters have been enjoying it since they were in strollers (1yr) and still have a blast now at 6 and 4. Great cafe, fun and interactive marine life, aviary, and large animal exhibits. Definitely worth a half day with kids and maybe 2 hours without!

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Cartagena, Colombia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I went last summer to this place. I was 19 years old when I went and also University student . I really enjoyed myself wacthing and learning about all the animals they had in exposition. The place is wonderfully organized and everything is organized in such a way that you feel like traveling through different habitats of nature. The jungle... More 

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Paris, France
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Was a bit dissapointed with the activities there and the number of animal life... The earthquake attraction is rather funny. And the rainforest part is worth a visit.

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Apple Valley
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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I remember a class field trip in elementary school and staring down at a giant pond filled with reptiles I had only ever seen on T.V. I went back 20 years later and it was such an amazing experience. There is so much to see and do! I really enjoyed the rainforest to aquarium exhibit, that alone could fill half... More 

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Grasse, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Both kids and adults enjoyed the visit, with a specific exhibition on earthquake! The place is not very well indicated, ending up wiht walking during a long time...

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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41 reviews 41 reviews
27 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

If you are looking to have a whole day's outing this is just the place. They have some amazing exhibits, exotic fish, indoor biomes, human evolution stories and a lot more. Their cafe serves some excellent food as well. The planetarium was awesome and I loved the show. All ages would have something or the other to interest them. If... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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56 reviews 56 reviews
31 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

I wasn't sure if I actually wanted to go. I thought it was meant to be a type of museum. I was dead wrong. There was nothing boring about this place. What a great experience - for children and adults. One of the most memorable moments was a butterfly landing on my shoulder. I would not hesitate to go back... More 

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Middleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

I had a wonderful day here with my 12 year old and 23 year old. They both found exhibits that they were fascinated with. Very well done and beautiful.

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Toronto, Canada
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130 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

we had a fun time in the african area and then the galapagos section and understood the California academy's involvement with the islands over the past 100 years. The aquarium was wonderful, the swamp underwhelming until we realized the tortoises and the albino alligator were real!

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Singapore, Singapore
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138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

Nestled in the middle of the Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Science provided a day's worth of fun in San Francisco. The complex itself had several floors, ranging from the Basement to the third floor, and had a wide range of exhibits on display. It was a typical Science museum, but much more compact. The various themes were... More 

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