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  • Address: 55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park
  • Hours: Open daily 9:30am - 5pm (Sun from 11am)
  • Admission: $30 (adults)

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California Academy of Sciences

Inside bucolic Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences holds a fascinating collection of 38,000 natural wonders and the occasional freak of nature. Under the wildflower-covered “living roof,” butterflies flutter through a four-story glass rainforest dome, a rare white alligator stalks a swamp, and Pierre the Penguin paddles his massive new tank in the African Hall.

Downstairs, kids are sure to enjoy the basement aquarium, where they can duck inside a glass bubble to enter an eel forest, find Nemos in tropical fish tanks, or pet starfish. Head upward in the elevator to the roof for panoramic views of Golden Gate Park, or glimpse skyward into infinity in the Planetarium. For the ecology-minded, check out the displays throughout the main floor, which show how conservation issues affect California’s ecosystem.

If you stay for lunch, the dining options at the Academy are first-rate, as both the Academy Café and Moss Room restaurant are run by two of the city's top chefs, Charles Phan and Loretta Keller, and feature local, organic, sustainable foods.

Practical Info

The California Academy of Sciences is conveniently located on the west side of Golden Gate Park, and is easily accessible via public transportation. This side of Golden Gate Park is also home to the San Francisco Botanical Garden & Strybing Arboretum or the MH de Young Memorial Museum.

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Skip the Line: California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket

4.5 star rating: Recommended 368 Reviews

Skip the line as you visit the California Academy of Sciences - the only place on the planet with an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum and a ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $29.95

San Francisco Explorer Pass

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

Save money on some of San Francisco's best-known attractions with the San Francisco Explorer Pass. Choose four sights out of a list of 20 museums, boat tours, ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 4 attractions

From USD $83.00

California Academy of Sciences NightLife

4.5 star rating: Recommended 38 Reviews

Come find out why Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences is the hottest event on everyone's social calendar! As the sun goes down, this famous San ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $12.00

Skip the Line: California Academy of Sciences Behind-the-Scenes Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 27 Reviews

Skip the line and go behind-the-scenes at San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences – the only place on Earth with an aquarium, planetarium, natural ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $54.95

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