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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%
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55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
Golden Gate Park
+1 415-379-8000
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Reviewed July 25, 2016

We paid $100 for a family of 4 to get in with a discount from our hotel concierge. The acadey is in the mddle of Golden Gate park and it is a hike from the nearest bus stop - take an uber for ure. I...More

1  Thank lthomas175
Reviewed July 25, 2016

We visited this museum as a part of the city pass we purchased. The Rainforest and Aquarium parts were our favorites. The kids also loved the area devoted to earthquakes. They got to see their first Planetarium show, which was included. My 8 year old...More

Thank Amy M
Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

This is a must see destination for anyone, couples, groups and families with kids. The exhibits are so unique and interactive. The rain forest is amazing...every time I go we have large butterflies land on us (the kids love that)! The planetarium movie is amazing!...More

Thank MickeyFans
Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

This is a great hands on place for kids. There are lots of fun things for them to see and do. There are even animals they can go see outside as well.

Thank Shari P
Reviewed July 25, 2016

I think we were unlucky in our choice of visit day because there were several bus load of pre-school age children on visits while we were there. This meant there was a lot of noise and chaos which did detract from the exhibits. The Exploratorium...More

Thank jennifer098
Reviewed July 23, 2016

If you have kids you do not want to miss this. It is very educational even for us adults. There is lots to see and do and keep you busy for at least 3 hours. If you have a kid that love science this is...More

1  Thank habibtiliz
Reviewed July 23, 2016

We took our 6 yr old grandkids and they loved it. So much to see. The aquarium was probably their favorite but the albino alligator and butterflies in the rainforest are close seconds. We easily spent 3 hours walking and admiring the exhibits. And of...More

1  Thank Jim R
Reviewed July 23, 2016

Our family absolutely LOVED the California Academy of Sciences. At first glance (and from their map), it seems like there isn't much to do here, but that is not true at all. They have so much to see, that we spend a good 5 hours...More

1  Thank stephanieg51
Reviewed July 23, 2016

the cost is pretty high for a family. we only had a few hours and thought it was maybe $10 bucks each and we'd get a little taste of it......no it was more like $30 each and really for that price you need a good...More

Thank doloresf374
Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

We visited yesterday with our 2 girls (10 and 11 years). One is very in to science and nature, the other not so. However, we all had a fantastic 4 hours! Great exhibits both visual and interactive. Amazing aquarium, rainforest and planetarium. Helpful staff and...More

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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
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
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.