San Francisco, California
My first visit to the new Academy of Sci and had been really looking forward to it. It is an awesome place. The crowds got to me and I had a feeling that many of the creatures were also feeling trapped and trying to hide. My grandson and I loved the earthquake experience; it was a good replica of the real 89 quake which I experienced exactly like that. We were disappointed that the planetarium show was also about earthquakes, having looked forward to a sky show. It is a magnificent auditorium. The rainforest looked a little bedraggled to me, not lush as I expected. I was rewarded with a blue butterfly sighting, however, which was worth the price of the ticket. The aquarium experience was the best and we saw many amazing creatures. The food was good and the lines moved quite fast in the cafe. It took a bit of doing to figure out where lines for the exhibits began and when the shows started. There could have been more docents right inside the front entry to explain these things to people. We spent a lot of time trying to figure all that out, even with the brochure. All in all, it's not to be missed, but I don't look forward to going again because of the crowds, and that's a shame. The Viator ticketing worked smoothly. Thanks!