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California Academy of Sciences

#13 of 542 things to do in San Francisco Features Animals
55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
+1 415-379-8000
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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.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
Golden Gate Park
+1 415-379-8000
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Reviewed 2 days ago

California Academy of Sciences is just amazing!! It has a planetarium, an aquarium, a 4 story rainforest, and a living roof - just for starters! It is well laid out and even though lines looked long for the rainforest, they moved quickly and it was...More

Thank Tammy C
Reviewed 3 days ago

The main attractions for us were the Rain Forest exhibit, looking at butterflies, and the Aquarium exhibit. The food choices in the cafeteria were good, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, rice bowls. A very enjoyable experience.

Thank LGT95
Reviewed 3 days ago

It gives the vibe of a place well designed, just like the Monterey Aquarium. It has so much to see, mostly with children, but a playful adult will enjoy it too. I used my San Francisco City Pass.

Thank janelitamirta
Reviewed 4 days ago

My son loved this spot. We saw the earthquake show in the planetarium, (Sit more to the back so you can look up better because it is a projection show on the ceiling).

Thank Bevareux
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My family came to SF for the first time from China two days ago and visited this great place. We loved it and parking was easy to access(we got there at 9:20am) so the place was empty. The people and staff were friendly and overall...More

Thank Bang X
Reviewed 5 days ago

Went here with our family of 5 using our GO SF card. A great deal for us and we loved our time here. We chose here over the Exploratorium due to reviews saying the Exploratorium was geared toward younger kids. My 12, 13, and 15...More

Thank dmoran810
Reviewed 5 days ago

We loved the museum.Spent about 3 hours there. Although the Rain Forest exhibit was closed, there was lots more to see. It was a very comfortable visit. Loved seeing Claude and learning about an albine alligator from the very knowledgeable docent.

Thank Kathryn K
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited on a Sunday and it was very busy with lots of families. The rainforest exhibit was really interesting and done in a great way and the earthquake exhibition was fascinating. We missed the planetarium because we ran out of time. It is a...More

Thank Lizzie W
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our family loves a good museum or science center, so a visit to the California Academy of Sciences while on vacation in San Francisco was a must-do. We only had three hours or so in the late afternoon before it closed, and that was barely...More

Thank dunadan
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a must have for bay area families. We love our membership! It means we can always just pop in when needed and not feel like we have to stay forever.

Thank ggsmommy
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Richelda R
Whats the price of parking there
16 June 2017|
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Response from AliC1690 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, arrived by hop on hop off your bus , so no idea of parking prices.
Brianna S
Hi, Are there in and out privileges once you have a ticket in order to have a picnic in the park? Thanks!
2 April 2017|
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Response from CalAcademyofSciences | Property representative |
Hi Brianna! You can absolutely leave and come back the same day, just request a hand-stamp from a door attendant before exiting. You're also totally welcome to bring you own food—we offer seating in the Piazza and in both... More
Yael D
Would a very mature and sciency 4.5 year old enjoy it?would her 18 month old sister suffer too much?
18 February 2017|
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Response from dclare142 | Reviewed this property |
Yes I think this would be an excellent choice and there are plenty of interactive options for children. The previous comment adds in some of those options and the butterfly display enthralled all the children when I was... More