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“Won't be back....” 3 of 5 stars
Review of California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118 (Golden Gate Park)
415-379-8000
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Ranked #13 of 318 Attractions in San Francisco
Type: Educational Sites, Natural History Museums, Science Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums, Aquariums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts, Leisure education
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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Reno, Nevada, United States
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“Won't be back....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

This place gets rave reviews from all over.....but I'm giving you our family's version. If you have a 13 year old, you may have missed the "window" with this place. We've gone twice in the past 3 months (hoping the first time was a fluke). It is VERY expensive ($100 for three) to get in and the lunch room is absolute chaos on the weekends. The food is very good but it is like a horror movie trying to navigate the cafeteria lines and find seating (and again SO expensive...$50 for three for cafeteria lunch food). If you have young children, but a membership and go during the week- it will be your favorite place. If you have a teenager, beware and don't go on the weekend. We adore the city and have visited almost every museum and attraction there is. This is hands down our least favorite place. Try the Exploratorium's new location down on the Wharf or walk across to the DeYoung instead (better food, less expensive).

Visited May 2013
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Mexico City, Mexico
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“loved the aquarium”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

I loved all the settings, they are amazing. The Earthquake video was also very interesting. But the fish and the Galapagos islands exhibit are the "cant miss" spots in the museum

Visited May 2013
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adelaide
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“Crazy and noisy but great aquariums”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

I went there on a Sunday so the crowds and noise were to be expected but were a little overwhelming. The Steinart Aquarium is excellent and the rainforest exhibit is great as well, the design is really good and you get to go "under the Amazon" when you descend all the layers of the rainforest. I would go on a weekday for a more peaceful experience. It's pricey...could be a little cheaper for what you get overall.

Visited April 2013
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“Cool place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

We went on a Thursday evening when they were selling alcohol and had a DJ. Great place but even better having a drink! It was about $12 to get in but very interesting.

Visited March 2013
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“Wonderful Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

We spent the whole day here. Rain Forrest, Planetarium, Aquarium, the Rooftop, and the Earthquake were all very interesting. We love kids, but during the week this place was packed with several groups of kids and teachers. They were all gone by 2:30 and then we really enjoyed ourselves.

Visited May 2013
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