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Steinhart Aquarium

San Francisco, CA (SoMa)
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Ranked #123 of 374 attractions in San Francisco
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Type: Aquariums
Description: The California Academy of Sciences is the home of Steinhart aquarium.
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Highlands Ranch, Colorado, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Wonderful exhibits, completely remodeled, from when I was a young child, The Earthquake exhibit was very interesting

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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512 reviews 512 reviews
264 attraction reviews
297 helpful votes 297 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This aquarium is inside the California Academy of Sciences, and admission is included in the CAS entrance fee. (If you're taking an entire family, do check current prices at the website so that you don't suffer sticker shock upon arrival.) This is a fine aquarium, with lots of exhibits on corals, sea horses, jellies, and hordes of other colorful (and... More

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Rome, Lazio, Italy
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Spend a day in Golden Gate Park and visit the aquarium and all the other venues. Don't forget to take tea at the Tea Garden.

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san francisco
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69 reviews 69 reviews
45 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

$25 is pretty steep but if you go on free day and don't mind crowds it's great. There are more free days for SF residents but for out of towners it is now limited to 4x a year. Either way, go early and stay all day. Once inside make a beeline to the ticketed (free but you need a ticket)... More

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Sacramento, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

I hadn't been to the Steinhart in a long time. It is even more beautiful than I remembered, with so many views and interesting creatures (as well as lots of people!) Lots of fun to be there, as well as getting to walk through the other connected exhibits in the California Academy of Sciences (and have a good lunch!)

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Santa Cruz, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
39 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Get your tickets early and enjoy. We try to see the Steinhart every few years as they are always changing the exhibits. It is a beautiful place to take the children.

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san francisco
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

The Philippine reef habitat is totally spectacular, both from above and below. There are lots of smaller exhibits that are fun to explore. Some interactive displays for kids are educational and hands-on. I like to go on Thursday nights to avoid the kids though. ;)

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NorCal, California, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

It isn't the Aquarium's fault that it's so crowded, but it is. If you prepare yourself for that, go early, then you can enjoy all this wondrous place has to offer. It isn't cheap but it's a nice to do once in a blue moon (Adult $29.95) (Child 4 to 11 $19.95) (Young Adult 12 - 17 & Seniors &... More

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Belmont, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
32 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

First it is in San Francisco and all the nearby conveniences, with other places nearby. Second it contains a respectable sample of fauna to admire at your leisure. It is fun to watch children as they make remarks and enjoy the sight.

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Waterford, MI
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

This is an amazing place for everyone! As an avid aquarium enthusiast I visit the aquariums in any city I'm in and this is one of my favorites now. The exhibits are interesting and well maintained. The giant reef aquarium is stunning even though it is only four years old. I have a friend that works there so I got... More

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