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The California Academy of Science was wonderful. Skipping the lines and having a tour was incredible. We saw tons of people taking the 10am tour when we got there, but we had signed up for the 1pm tour. There were only four of us on the tour, so it was like have a guide all to ourselves. It made the experience completely unforgettable. Also, with the platinum pass, we received exceptional customer service, escorts to various attractions and no waiting in lines!
This was absolutely amazing! We got to skip all ticket lines, including the ones for the entrance, rainforest, planetarium and 3D Show. With our VIP badges and access to staff-only areas, we felt really important running around the Academy. I would recommend this to people of all ages!
One of the best experiences ever. Worth every penny and I will do the same tour again.
Loved the Platinum Tour - especially skipping all the entrance lines. Jumping the line outside was great, but it was the best to not wait for access to anything inside. The rainforest, planetarium and living roof were super cool. Getting to see all the behind the scenes action - where they make the food, clean the water and the scientists working made the whole California Academy of Sciences experience much richer. And I loved getting access to the vault. Also our guide was awesome, he seemed to know everything. Highly recommended.
I wish I had more time to spend at the California academy of sciences. The tour was great. Our tour guide was really friendly and knowledgeable.
A good tour, nice to see the back operations of the Academy aquarium, and the lanyard allows for fasttrack into some of the exhibition areas and a discount at the café.
Not much to comment here as we just collected the tickets and had a great time .
It was amazing tour which we learnt a lot of interesting things
the behind scenes tour was a little too technical.but the overall was excellent
Staff at the entrance to the Academy did not know
how to process the Viator voucher I had. Eventually a supervisor was found who knew the process. Not a big deal since we were there well before our tour time. Wife and I enjoyed the tour.
The Academy behind the scenes was a disappointment. It was very brief and limited in what you were shown. The Academy though was 5 stars and would recommend any person who visited San Francisco to make this the number one attraction they go to.
QUITE DISAPPOINTED IN THE "BEHIND THE SCENES PLATINUM TOUR". TOOK WAY TOO LONG, AND JUST A LOT OF TALK I WAS NOT MUCH INTERESTED IN. DID LIKE THE GEM EXHIBIT, AND THE REAL SCIENTISTS WORKING ON THEIR STUFF. THERE WERE NO LINES, SO THE "SKIP TO THE FRONT" WAS A MUTE ISSUE. WHEN WE FINALLY FINISHED THE TOUR WE ONLY HAD A LITTLE OVER 2 HOURS TO DO THE ENTIRE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES BUILDING.
LOVED THE FROGS!!!! AND RAIN FOREST.
IF I WERE TO GO BACK, I WOULD JUST GO TO THE ACADEMY, AND SKIP THE TOUR.
Our guide was supurb, but I think I would have liked some more "personal" details. We learned a lot about the filtering system, etc, but would have liked to know more about the people and many other little, behind the scenes, things.