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“Excellent museum!!!”

California Academy of Sciences
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Ranked #13 of 544 things to do in San Francisco
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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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Phoenix, Oregon
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Excellent museum!!!”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

I loved this museum with all of the live exhibits, including the living roof. This is a must see and entertaining for children

Visited October 2012
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San Leandro, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Really up to date and fresh exhibits and lots of fun for all ages...”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

My three year old, my thirteen year old and my wife all really enjoy this place. I love it. Well worth a membership there are hours of enjoyment to be had learning about everything from the formation of the universe to the tiny creatures that live in the water around us. The displays cater to all ages and have levels of learning for all but those of us that teach the sciences. Some of the exhibits though are fresh enough that they incorporate the newest items that unless you are in the particular field you may not have heard about yet. A truly fascinating and educational space for the whole family.

Visited July 2012
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“VIP Nightlife...??”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

Not really sure how to describe the VIP Nightlife tour...Was it a night club or a museum night, you had blaring techno music throughout the building with bars set up every which way you turned and many youngsters on their way to being drunk and very loud. They advertised pre tour cocktails and canapes and promised a tour around the museum with behind the scenes privilege...however, they briefly showed us up to the roof and explained the building and why it was created, then showed us into a room containing crystals behind glass followed by a brief chat with scientists within the museum and then we were left to our own devices. The only advantage of paying the extra was that you got into the Planetarium first but you would have seen more exhibits if you'd of paid less and gone in on your own. A completely bizarre experience.

Visited October 2012
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Walnut Creek, California
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“Worth the trip”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

The albino alligator & the penguins were a big hit with the grand-kids. The views of the fish are low in order to accommodate children and watching their excitement made my day.

Visited November 2011
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Walnut Creek, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Unexpectedly loved it”
Reviewed October 9, 2012 via mobile

We have just moved to California with our 3 boys and had no idea what to expect from here, but I was pleasantly surprised. The kids (7, 4 & 3) loved the aquarium, we found the earthquake exhibit incredibly informative (and prompted us to get an earthquake pack and emergency plan organised), the youngest 2 boys enjoyed the play area while our eldest enjoyed the interactive games and colouring in. Considing taking out a membership as this is somewhere my children would love to visit again and again.

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