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California Academy of Sciences

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Neighborhood: Golden Gate Park
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Address: 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone Number: 415-379-8000
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Arts and crafts, Leisure education
Description: The world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum. Come...
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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Beautiful space

This is a great place to spend the day with the kids. So much for everyone and great food for the parents.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This is a great place to spend the day with the kids. So much for everyone and great food for the parents.

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Somers, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We loved the rainforest biodome and the aquarium. It was crowded of course with lots of school trips which was a little bit of a drag, but if you can visit in the late afternoon, you'll have the place to yourself. The living roof is really cool. The whole experience is definitely worthwhile. don't miss it especially is you are... More 

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Guerneville, California, Usa
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84 reviews 84 reviews
38 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Love this place, bring the kids and spend the day! Have a picnic in the park then maybe end the day with tea in the Japanese Tea Garden

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

If you arrive by public transport, you can get discount, just keep your tickets and show it to the counter. Don´t miss the Planetarium and try to get a high middle seat. Also make sure to experience the earthquake. Lunch is like a big barbecue party during weekend.

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Our trip to this academy was a lot of fun. There is a bunch of different stuff to do, we even watched them dissect a cow eye (kind of gross but it's science). I would not say this is an entire day kind of activity, but definitely plan on spending a good amount of your day here.

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Scottsdale
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Having visited some of the top science museums in the country, this museum is now on our top five. Stunning location lets you know that from arrival to departure, everything you see and do here is extraordinary treat for the mind and senses!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We very much enjoyed our visit to the CAoS. The aquarium was amazing, the indoor rainforest was stunning, and the living room was a was an eco-friendly educational experience. The planetarium is second to none and the museum should be taken as an example to other institutions of this nature. We would highly recommend it to science lovers everywhere.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

The aquarium was so large and varied. The rain forest and earthquake exhibit were fascinating. The presentation of Extreme Life is a must-see. The Academy itself is bright, open and pleasant to be in.

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Wellesley, Massachusetts, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Don't try to make a quick visit here - we ended up spending almost the whole day here without really trying! As a fisheries biologist I can say that the aquarium is superb - lots of interesting fish not to mention amphibia and reptiles. Very interactive with some "fun" displays on earthquakes (serious topic but well presented with a fake... More 

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New Delhi, India
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This is one of the best places I have been to in US. The academy offers an amazing aquarium, a man made tropical rain forest and several other attractions for the children and adults. A must go place for everyone.

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