California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

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Explore one of the world’s largest museums of natural history at California Academy of Sciences. Located in Golden Gate Park, the center offers the world’s only combined aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and living museum. Ride past tigers and elephants on a simulated African safari or admire tropical animals and vegetation by climbing through the canopy of a living rainforest. Don’t miss the chance to shake things up in the earthquake simulator. Free parking is available for the first 4 hours. By using our San Francisco day trip planning site , you can arrange your visit to California Academy of Sciences and other attractions in San Francisco.
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  • It is a fairly large and modern Museum. Many interesting things to see. Recomeindo get the simulator which is an earthquake, the Aquarium and see the penguins.
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  • We spent Christmas at the Science Museum (open daily) - our kids were excited and it is very much to see.
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  • One of the most amazing places I've ever seen in my life: it is much more than just a Museum, because it is extremely interactive, and because there are whole sections devoted to only one branch of Science (astronomy, zoology, Botany, geology, and more), where there is everything you can imagine. Fantastic aquariums with fish species which before I had only seen in documentaries, as well as the hot tub where you can touch the sea stars. I could sit here and talk about it for hours, because every single sector is totally unique and not all I need the day to describe them all, but I want to make a special mention for 3D shows, which are something completely out of the ordinary. As I said to my friend who took me there, that was the most beautiful artificial spectacle I've ever seen in my life: there are 3, one dedicated to earthquakes and two others dedicated to the universe. I recommend taking the tickets well in advance, because they sell out quickly. Unfortunately you cannot take all three tickets in one go, you have to take them one at a time, and when it ends a show book your ticket for the next show, but I assure you it's worth it, the shows are so realistic that may cause nausea since you really have the feeling of flying. If you go to San Francisco, pay a visit here, you don't really need a master's degree in molecular biology to appreciate a place like that, I assure you it is perfectly enjoyable by anyone, and allows you to make Visual and sensory experiences absolutely unrepeatable.
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  • It is hard to overstate how excellent this place is. You can be captivated and engaged from just a few months old right up until you die! There is a gentle and recommended flow (rainforest -- aquarium -- planetarium -- special exhibits) that works well for me, but you are not held to this. Minimum of the hours here, but up to five is easy to fill. My one to is to pack your open food. Especially with a family, the captive eatery prices will hurt. Apart from some exhibits and sleeves your are free to eat / drink around the place and it is lovely to see families and people munching whilst stressing up at the fish, or feeding at the crocodile.
  • To get the most out of your California Academy of Sciences experience (especially since it's not cheap) you need to make a day of it. Plan for a day when it's not too packed with people and take your time touring the exhibits. Check out the calendar on the website before you go to see what events they have planned for the day. It's an awesome place. You'll learn something and be entertained. I particularly recommend the planetarium. Also, know that the staff, scientists and volunteers who are part of it are really dedicated to knowledge and conservation, so by visiting you're supporting something really important.
  • This place is amazing! There are tons of exhibits and interesting demos. There is a aquarium, butterfly room, and ice scaring to name a few. It is very pricy but worth it! Really fun and exiting. There is a garage for parking under the museum and is mostly full but get there early and parking won’t be a problem.
  • I loved the planetarium show at the California Academy of Sciences. I visited it 08/2016. Also the other parts were interesting to visit even though planetarium was the thing for me. Some of the big fish were great to see too in this place. I was glad to visit during a weekday that was not that crowded.
  • Came here with our SF GO pass. Well worth getting the pass to come here. You can experience what you want without having to feel bad if you have to leave early. Lots to see here! We spent about 3 hours and didn’t see everything. Great for little kids!

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