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California Academy of Sciences

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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...more
Suggested duration: More than 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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We could walk there from the apartment .spent the whole day at the park. This was the experience I remember the most . My family should consider a membership as they could visit often.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank rugbyperson
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Wowza! What a cool place!!! We were advised to allocate at least 2hrs to this place - we were there for 4hrs & would've spent longer except it was closing time! We didn't see everything!!! Our kids are 9 & 14 & they both found...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I recommend giving yourself at least 4 hours to check everything out and take in a movie or two. Our family of four loved this place and it was worth every penny. Aquarium exhibit was exceptional with all the different points of view and various...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank twysted2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First this place is expensive. Loved the butterfly Exhibit. I was disappointed in the Auditorium presentations. I miss the days when they talked less and just showed us a great mind blowing virtual video. It’s still a beautiful place to visit.

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank Happytourist52
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to spend the day with the family. My entire family, great grandparents, grandparents, kids and grandchildren all went. Everyone had a great time. Be prepared though to pay aprox $30. for parking. The food in the cafeteria was pretty good good. There's also...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank Jackie C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A child will have a great time, interactive, mix of museum, zoo, and aquarium. Definitely a must for a child if in San Francisco worth the admission.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Giovanni G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really good exhibits with lots of information. My toddler loved looking at things but the educational part of it was a bit too advanced for him. There were so many visitors, it was a bit more crowded than I had expected. The restaurant had a...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank S3afoodLuvr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to Monterey Bay Aquarium and many similar museums around the world so I was not expecting this to be as good as it was. We started with the Aquarium and the feeding of the Mexican penguins. That was fun but the many...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Kelleygirl2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had not visited the CAS in several years and was absolutely astounded at how wonderful the place is. As a fairly jaded museum-goer, with young nieces and nephews that I have taken to many places for learning and fascinating experiences, this place made me...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank revuncledoc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a beautiful day and walked from mass transportation. There is an abundance of attractions from astronomy to sea life. We enjoyed the fish feeding and the planetarium experience. There is a cafeteria available.

Date of experience: September 2019
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August 9, 2019|
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Response from 94121travel | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend calling the Academy's General Inquiries line. If you scroll to the bottom of their main website and click contact the telephone # and email address is in the bottom part of the Contact page.
May 20, 2019|
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Response from CharlesYYZ | Reviewed this property |
Coat check yes, you maybe able to check the car seat there too. You can also reach out there customer service prior your visit, they are very helpful via email.
November 22, 2018|
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Response from 753gerrim | Reviewed this property |
Well I'm 41 and I really enjoyed it, it's a very interesting museum so if you get a chance I'd recommend you check it out.