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We loved the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco! Great facility with so many cool exhibits.
An excellent buy. So handy to be able to take public transportation MUNI and streetcars for 7 days without having to figure out fares, etc. It rained most of the time we were in SF but we spent the rainiest days touring the Exploratorium the Thursday night Adult tour, the California Academy of Sciences give yourself an entire day and the Aquarium of the Bay. When the sun finally did peek through, we took advantage of the Blue and Gold Fleet Bay cruise. We never got to ride the iconic cable cars as line ups were way too long. Next time .....
Doing what: San Francisco CityPass
Kids loved this we spent 3 hours just getting around to see everything well worth it a must see in San francisco
It took us a while to work out which of the many buses and trolleys our tickets were for , but everyone we asked was helpful and eventually we did manage to find our stop to embark on the trip.In a hectice city this is the best way to travel around, the drivers narration was detailed and amusing and we had perfect weather to drive across the bridge and back in the open top bus.Great fun.
Doing what: San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour
Overall, it was ok. Our driver did a good job trying to do both driving and giving us the tour....but, we were disappointed we didn't have a tour guide. It shouldn't be the drivers job to do both...plus, I'm sure he hasn't been trained to have all the information that we were looking forward to hearing, since it was our first time in San Francisco.
I would rate this combined tour in two parts. First the hop on hop off. We didn't realize the whole bus was wide open and if we had known that, we would not have booked this. It was March and very cold, rainy and windy. Not pleasant at all. Luckily the 2nd day we were there, it was sunny and we enjoyed it more. We were disappointed as to how long it took for the next bus to arrive. They told us 20 min to half hour and it was always closer to an hour, so we wasted valuable tour time waiting for the next bus to pick us up again. The Alcatraz tour was amazing. The cruise over was fun and lots of room where everyone could see clearly. You can leave the island when you please which was convenient. So overall, if I had to do it again, I's skip the hop on hop off as we ended up walking for most of what we wanted to see and take the singular Alcatraz tour. Best to book the Alcatraz tour in advance as even during off season we saw many tourists disappointed as they were turned away.
Skipping the lines really help to save time for us to visit the museum thoroughly. It is a great museum. The behind the scene tour was informative with a great tour guide. However, I expected more to see behind the aquarium, e.g. more real life sea animals to see but not only seeing jelly fishes, real life demonstration on how to prepare food for the animals, etc.
we got on the bus at pier 39 at 4:30 PM and the bus instead of dropping us at union square just went out of service at fisherman's wharf. When we asked the tour organizer he said another shuttle will come and get us , but nothing came for an hour after which we had to take a taxi back. Calling the office of the tour operator did not help as no one picked the call. I would not recommend this
Enjoyed the guides very much-Jennifer and Ricoh the driver were a great team. Humor and knowledge nicely blended. We used the hop on hop off as our mode of transport all over from Union Square where we stayed-after taking the BART from the airport. The only negative was that the last tour left at 5pm.....so you had to be careful to be on the last bus to get back before the buses were done. The night tour also did not leave till 6pm from the Wharf....kind of a distance at night. Overall-so well worth it! My hubby had never been to SF so we wanted to see it all....and we did :
Excellent day out, all the different areas were interesting, well planned and fun. The Planetarium shows were absolutely fabulous, we went to 2 different ones. Restaurant was great, all together a brilliant experience.
This was a great way to spend a half day with my 13-year-old son. The aquarium is pretty cool. I like how they have isolated exhibits of individual fish and other creatures. Don't miss the planetarium and the new movie. The dome screen is awesome --makes you feel like you're flying!
The California Academy of Sciences is a great place to take the kids. I wish there were more hands on or interactive activities for the children to do, but they still enjoyed learning new things.
Earl L United States of ...
I did the City Pass to enjoy my trip to San Francisco to its best. I unfortunately came down with a nasty cold and it slowed me down a bit. My full day was nice and sunny that made it A out and about and the Pass is truly a budget helper and convenience. Golden Gate Park is not to be missed and the trolleys several time a treat.
Doing what: San Francisco CityPass
A great museum and Viator experience.
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