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California Academy of Sciences

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55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
+1 415-379-8000
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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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  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
Golden Gate Park
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I had a great time here. The aquarium was great and so was the rainforest. Watched a show at the planetarium related to coral reefs which was interesting and informative. It's a great place to be at. I recommend buying the citypass since it gives...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great educational trip with kids. This is our second trip here and they regularly change their exhibits.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

So glad we visited! The aquarium was awesome...much bigger than expected! But the best part was the planetarium show...highlight of our trip!

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Two years ago after a full day of the Japanese Tea Garden, the De Young and the botanical garden, had no energy for the California Academy of Sciences so we came back. Totally worth a day. We visited with friends who were members, so we...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I visited the Academy some years ago and found it entertaining and informative. So I wanted to return with my teenage daughters. Having told them how good it was I was disappointed at how much it has changed and modernised. For some people I’m sure...More

Thank Geejari
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Amazing display of ecology and geology presented with live creatures and in natural habitats. Butterflies flying, fish swimming, and amazing descriptions.

Thank petreamah
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Loved the “Coral Reef Expedition” planetarium experience. Very educational and entertaining at the same time. Can spend an entire day exploring and learning with young kids.

Thank DeepaHiriyanna
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is one of our favorite places to visit each time we come to SF with our 3 year old. It’s wonderful! It has a small aquarium, a rainforest and science museum to explore all under one roof. We love coming because it’s the perfect...More

Thank minthea
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We’ve been to a number of science museums and this one ranks high. Just the amount of aquatic life should define it as an aquarium! Fascinating display areas of rain forest, reefs, and swamps were all great. They have a junior scientist program that gives...More

Thank ajdial
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We took my daughter to see the cool sites. The domed theater was awesome, felt like you are actually flying. Also, the rain forest exhibit made you feel like you were in an actual rain forest, with butterflies flying all around you.

Thank Julius G
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Neha S
December 21, 2017|
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Response from ER2013family | Reviewed this property |
We were there on a very busy day in August. I agree with Mark37Chicago that this place handles the crowds well. As he said, get there early and get your planetarium tickets as soon as you can. There will be line-ups... More
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Rajiv S
July 17, 2017|
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Response from Alexander S | Reviewed this property |
Dear Rajiv, you are right that both California Academy of Science in SFO and the Field Museum in Chicago are unique. But they are unique in their own way. I would recommend visiting both of them, as you might discover lots... More
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Richelda R
June 16, 2017|
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Response from Heidi W | Reviewed this property |
It was very expensive. We were there for a couple of hours and it cost $22. Don't park in the garage! There is street parking just drive around some. It's free to park on the street.
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