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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  • A half-day visit in this place of the Golden Gate Park I recommend the very informative tropical greenhouse.
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  • You will need a full day to visit this fantastic place. There is a great mixture of space, animals, plants, and rocks. There is a 4 story rain forest, 3d space tour, an underwater animal exhibit, hand...  more »
  • There was several groups of daycares kids and it was very crowded. This is for kids under 12 years old.  more »
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  • So much more than just a "science museum"! The aquarium exhibits were so cool, with all sorts of interesting fishes (including a lungfish). We saw a planetarium show - it's not your average planetarium experience, so check it out. Go up to the roof, enjoy the sun, and see all the ways the building is made more sustainable. The Cal Academy has a great balance of information and fun, not being too flashy or too boring. Highly recommend a visit!
  • Loved this place! The planetarium, the aquarium, everything is so enjoyable that I spent at least 5 hours there until they close ☹️ and it wasn't enough! Tip: if you're gonna buy the tickets do it online! They are cheaper there. What I didn't like is seen so animals in small spaces! Like that alligator, it's really sad.
  • This was my main station in San Fransisco. This is a good academy for children to open their knowledge. And, a good place to spend time with family. They have all the facilities. Their 3-D space tour was amazing. The aquarium is fascinating.
  • Amazing place to spend a whole day! Good place for all ages. You could enjoy the fresh air and nature outside of the museum. And you don’t worry about parking, of course not cheap with $24. Besides, a little bit hot inside of the rain forest room.
  • We absolutely enjoyed visiting this museum. My son, age 8, had an absolute blast. He especially loved the walk through the rainforest exhibit. There were so many things to explore. Everywhere we looked while exploring there was something interesting. A great place for families with school-aged kids, especially those interested in animals, the environment, or science in general.
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