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California Academy of Sciences

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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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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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Very enjoyable. Really liked the Academy and it's exhibits. The aquarium and rainforest were our favorite. The exhibit information were interactive.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Rochester, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Very enjoyable. Really liked the Academy and it's exhibits. The aquarium and rainforest were our favorite. The exhibit information were interactive.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

To get here you might find some street parking. If you do, great! But time and money the simplicity of the $25 parking garage was one less worry. The butterfly exhibit was nice. I heard birds but never saw one. The fish tank below was a nice touch. We went on our City Pass. I think I would go to... More 

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County Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Ths was on a Sunday afternoon we visited the Academy in Golden Gate Park. A most interesting place, a worth while trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

At first I thought that the admission price was steep, but after I experienced the whole facility, the price was very reasonable. Plan on spending the day as there is so much to see.

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Great Neck, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

See a rain forest, an earthquake, a 3D film on the Habitat of Earth, an aquarium...etc....very kid friendly and easily manageable. I would recommend this wonderfully laid out museum.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I admit, I did not think this place would be very good, I was wrong. It is very good. The rainforest walk was amazing. I had a butterfly land on me, and I actually learned a thing or three during the raingforest walk. The new aquarium is much better than the old steinhart, and it is nice to see the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Sadly, we did not leave enough time to spend in here. We wished we had had more time to spend in this amazing place. Our personal favorites are the rain forest and the penguins. Great place for families, made us wish our grandkids were with us.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We absolutely loved this place. We walked through the park to the CAS, and were so impressed by all the exhibits. They were such high quality, well run, and fun. We only had about 3 hours and could have spent more time going through everything. Everyone from the kids to Grandma and Grandpa loved this. Out of the hundred or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

At first, I was hesitating on whether to get the ticket or not as it costs 34.15. My oh my, all the hesitation is pointless! Once stepping in, you can tell how well this place is in terms of collection and the efforts the museum put in to ensure a smooth, educational and fun learning journey. All the exhibits are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

It's a little expensive but they have a lot of tablets in the aquarium to explain the different fish species. The rainforest is amazing and the planetarium is crazy, but my favourite part was the earthquake emulator. For the kids is also recommendable.

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