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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  • Wow! I wish I had more time for this location because there is so much to see and so much to learn. The Dino Days were taking place and, I have to admit, was a little bit of a bummer. It definitely wa...  more »
  • It was interesting to walk the curving ramp up and around the rainforest. There were butterflies everywhere. My favorite part, though, was the planetarium. I recommend pre-purchasing tickets to guaran...  more »
  • The California Academy of Sciences is one of the best Science Museums I know. It is located in the heart of Golden Gate Park and it is a great place for young and old alike. Families or couples, solo ...  more »
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  • The California Academy of Sciences is a great place to take the family. It is located at Golden Gate Park where you can spend a few days and still not see it all. The Academy is pricey so plan on making the most of it by staying there all day. The cafe is not too price for lunch. The rain forest with it's free flying birds and butterflies is amazing. The Planetarium show is very relaxing and informative and FREE. The California coast exhibit is also very good.
  • Probably one of the coolest places in San Francisco! So much to see no matter what you're interested in. I would particularly recommend the Night Life Experience on a Thursday Evening. It attracts a large crowd and its 21+. They're currently running 'A Tour of the Universe' in the Planetarium and its honestly the best tour through the universe I've ever seen! The host is a dude also and made the experience even better!
  • The exhibits in the California Academy of Sciences are really fun and lively. You could easily spend 4-5 hours there if you are intrigued by science and live animals. The place itself is kept very tidy and the staff are nice as well. So, overall, it is a lovely place to spend some time and learn a little about science.
  • A great place to bring family and friends, they have live animal exhibits, a living rainforest, a large aquarium as well as a planetarium just to name a few. While some exhibits are permanent, there are always new things coming in to the museum, as well as events hosted that range from child-friendly to a more adult setting that serves alcohol. I always have a good time when I go.
  • Excellent place. I love visiting on weekends and checking out the recent exhibits. The staff are so friendly. Would be so much better if there was a Ford GoBike station at the Academy to make it easier to get to.
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