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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  • This is a nice combination of an Aquarium, Rainforest/Atrium, and planetarium. So much to do. Cannot recommend the VIP tour highly enough. Very educational and you get to explore spaces unavailable... 
    This is a nice combination of an Aquarium, Rainforest/Atrium, and planetarium. So much to do. Cannot recommend the VIP tour highly enough. Very educational and you get to explore spaces unavailable...  more »
  • I decided to go to the Academy of Sciences at night, to see how it is. I was impressed by how many people were there, and how well dressed some of them were. The museum is great, but some things... 
    I decided to go to the Academy of Sciences at night, to see how it is. I was impressed by how many people were there, and how well dressed some of them were. The museum is great, but some things...  more »
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  • This place is SPECTACULAR. So much to explore, aesthetically eye pleasing. Great atmosphere for all ages. It is handicap friendly, fun, exciting and something for every one. Be ready to have your updated vaccinate/booster card ready and an ID to enter. The lines were not bad at all. Parking, it was my first time there and it was crazy. We found parking but it was far away from the entrance. Plan ahead if you are someone who doesn't like to walk so your rife can drop you near the entrance. Have fun and get ready to spend $$ for 2 adults it was around $88 dollars. They also have a cool Cafe there and outside eating area for children to stretch their feet. Enjoy!!!!
  • The Academy is a great place to take the kids! The rainforest and aquarium are the two best exhibits in the space. Sadly, the natural museum section of the academy isn't much to write home about, especially when compared to those offered at full-blown museums. The living roof is pretty to look at, but loses its attraction after the first few minutes. A really cool place to check out is the Naturalist Center upstairs. They have an amazing collection of animal specimens and hands-on science activities.

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