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Recently went to SF in February 2013. The Exploratorium was closed (being moved). California Academy of Sciences was alright, Bay Cruise was lovely. Didn't really use any of the other tickets since we heard they weren't as good as MoMo in NY or the Aquarium in Chicago which we saw on the same trip.
Best investment you can make in your vacation. The unlimited muni pass worked out great no matter where we were or where we wanted to go. To get the Aquarium, boat cruise, Exploratorium and the CA Academy of Sciences all discounted made the City Pass an exceptional value. Thank You.
Short Version: Worth every penny, saves you plenty of money, especially if you are there a while.
The details: The one problem I will share was completely my fault which is this: Don't give yourself only three days for San Francisco! We didn't get to everything we wanted to including the MOMA which we had free admission to thanks to this awesome city pass. This pass gives you free transportation for a week! That alone could pay for itself if you are there for the full seven days. But on top of that, we were able to go to the Exploratorium (incredible hands on science museum), the California Academy of Sciences (another incredible science museum with a man made rainforest you can walk through and a planetarium all in one building), and a few other great attractions. Each attraction is around $25 or more so if you get to all of them you are once again getting your money's worth. I highly recommend this pass to anybody who is visiting San Fran for the first time and is planning on visiting some of these awesome attractions (if you are not, you can just get a metro pass for three days to get around the city).
Review by Skootre, USA, December 2011
This is one of my favorite places in SF to take kids. Any age is ok though probably ages 4 and up will get the most out of the exhibits. The Exploratorium is packed on weekends so try to go early and don't rush!
You just can't miss. We definitely used the transit pass enough to pay for the entire booklet (at $6 a cable car ride), meaning the other things were all icing. And what icing! Spent 5 hours at the Academy of Sciences, loved the Aquarium and Exploratorium, enjoyed the nearly obligatory cruise of the Bay, and made sure to take advantage of $20 off the incredible Go Car tour experience. Seriously hundreds of dollars of value for the $69 we spent per. Absolutely essential starting point for a SF trip!
Bus pass was awesome, cable car costs $5 each time. Didn't go in to Academy of Science as it was free Wednesday and huge lines. Loads of kids at Exploratorium and Aquarium. Boat cruise excellent. Some of these places are far far away, espec by bus. Long walks where there is no bus. Good value.
I remember going to the Exploratorium as a kid and it was just as fun returning as an adult! I went with one friend recently and we had a blast going between all of the interactive exhibits. I can see how this would be especially fun to experience with a young child, watching their eyes light up with excitement. It's a must-do!
Review by Skootre, USA, March 2011
The Exploratorium is one of the very best places to take kids (yours, or your friends)! There are tons of cool exhibits, all very interactive and encouraging kids to touch things. This is not a hands-off science museum, just the opposite.
My only tip is, if you want a super-cool experience, be sure to call in advance to book Tactile Dome tickets. I won't spoil the surprise of what this is, just know that kids love it (as long as they are over age 4 or 5) and it's really fun.
Fantastic value in a fantastic city. Well worth it for the transport alone - the cable cars and the drivers were brilliant. The cruise was excellent and the Exploratorium entertained our families on a wet sunday (especially 'Mind' section). Definitely recommend the City Pass.
A must have for the Muni transportation. If you're confused about the two optional things it's either 1. The Exploratorium or 2. The Asian Art Museum. The Exploratorium was pretty cool, lots of sciencey things and kids there. I would definitely recommend it if you have kids.
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