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“One of the world's best museums”

California Academy of Sciences
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Ranked #42 of 585 things to do in San Francisco
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

I absolutely loved this place. There are so many different things going on under one roof that you could easily make it a multi day experience if you're on a rare visit to this marvelous city.

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Reviewed November 28, 2013

Everyone should be allowed visit such an amazing and fascinating Academy, at least once, yearly.
This was the best value $25 I spent on my fortnight's visit to San Francisco.The wildlife,the plants the colourful birds,the roof garden,the enormous aquarium.The tropical dome world.All kept in a spotlessly maintained, vast and spacious building. Allow as many hours as possible,in your schedule, to enjoy this spectacular edifice.You will want to re visit many of it's fine displays.
Go for the Planetarium Shows alone, and you will not be disappointed;or feel short changed.The best show of it's kind, I have ever seen.
Enjoy the delight in the kids voices, as they quiz the staff on the many interactive display units , and exhibits all round the Academy.Go, bring the kids-no matter what age they are.

Thank Liam G
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

We spent several hours here and still did not see all the exhibits. Enjoyed the Earthquakes planetarium show. Great facility, with many Eco-features, including water bottle refilling station, recycling and green roof. Excellent cafe.

Thank vkbrennan
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

This was such a highlight on my trip! There's a lot things to occupy yourself with. The Legion of Honor is also just across the park so you can visit it after. It's very accessible from town, we got a bus right from Fisherman's Wharf which took us here. The fish here are amazing! There is a huge fish wall and heaps of different types of of sea animals. Very mesmerising. The planetarium was awesome as well. The rainforest was very well designed and you're able to get great close up shots. It's cool that butterflies and birds actually fly around you in the open. This is a great place to take kids although I think anyone would enjoy the trip.

Thank Jana P
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

If you are 21+ age and looking for a place to hung out after work or at night, Thursday night "Nightlife" is a great place to visit. I took my parents (70+) and they enjoyed. You can see the stars, interesting creatures, and the depths of the sea with music and a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes. When we visited, they had a Halloween Party. It was interesting to see people dressed as panda and lion watching fishes and creatures. Reasonable price (reduced compare to daytime entrance) yet very worth place.


Thank traveldog2012
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