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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:Flexible
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 4-story rainforest all under one roof! As this is your pre-paid ticket, you will skip all the massive ticket buying lines. And to make it as easy as possible, this ticket includes instant access, meaning you don't have to go to a separate kiosk to redeem your voucher — just present it right at the California Academy of Science's entrance and be on your way.

Highlights

  • One general admission ticket includes all shows and exhibits
  • Skip the massive ticket buying line
  • Enter the world's largest all digital planetarium for an astronaut's view of Earth
  • Experience the aquarium with its California Coast, Philippine Coral Reef and Water - World tanks, containing 500,00 gallons of water and thousands of colorful fish and exotic marine life
  • Step inside the genuine four-story rainforest and look for piranhas, croaking frogs, chameleons and free flying birds and butterflies
  • Make friends with the fun and friendly colony of South African penguins in Africa Hall
  • Interactive, family friendly exhibits and programs
  • Instant-access ticket means no waiting in line at a separate kiosk to redeem your voucher

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Situated in lovely Golden Gate Park, this is an amazing museum with an aquarium, planetarium and rainforest all in one building. Kids love the penguin feedings! The skip-the-line entry will save you lots of time, especially if you're going during peak season.

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket

Get instant access to the California Academy of Sciences!

Filled with hundreds of exhibits and thousands of animals, the California Academy of Sciences has something for everyone to enjoy. Ideal for a family day out, prepare to be amazed and taught about the planet's diversity and biology.

Start your journey with a lift off from planet Earth and take a jaw-dropping ride to the far reaches of the universe at the Morrison Planetarium, the largest all-digital planetarium in the world. Then explore the colorful world of the ocean at the Steinhart Aquarium, home to 38,000 live animals from around the world. A diver will descend into the tank and introduce you to the world's deepest living coral reef exhibit, featuring more than 900 separate species!

Don't forget to stop by and greet Pierre, Howard, Ocio and the rest of the African Penguin colony. Marine biologists will answer your questions while feeding and caring for them. After meeting the albino alligator and his swamp companions, you may find yourself fascinated with the swamp world. Join in on the Swamp Talk and you'll learn about what it takes to care for these amazing creatures, natives to swamps in the southeastern United States.

Enter the 4-story living rainforest contained within a spectacular 90-foot diameter glass dome. It's the largest spherical rainforest exhibit in the world and is home to 1,600 live animals, including free-flying birds and butterflies, exotic reptiles and bats. Don't leave without a visit to the Kimball Natural History Museum that focuses on the evolution and maintenance of life on Earth, drawing on the Academy's 150 years of research!


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Itinerary

DAILY PROGRAMS
  • Planetarium Shows
    • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 11:30am - 4:30pm
    • Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 10:30am - 4:30am
  • Coral Reef Dives
    • Dive times: Daily at 11:30am and 2:30pm
  • Penguin Feedings
    • Feeding times: Daily at 10:30am and 3:30pm
    • Penguin Show-n-Tell: Saturday and Sunday at 12:30pm and 1:30pm

  • Swamp Talk
    • Starts: Daily at 1pm

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Super place to take children--and great for adults too.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We very much enjoyed ourselves at the Academy.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

My family and I loved the center. We had a wonderful time there!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Went on a Monday and there were lots of kids from lots of schools also there, but that was kind of fun too. If herds of kids bother you go later in the day. They mostly leave after 2 pm. Highly recommended though.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Had a great time. Would go back again and recommend it to everyone!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

wonderful place with fascinating facts.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

A most see in San Francisco. Bought the behind the scene tour of the Aquarium which was excellent. Very informative with great guide. It also gave you 10 discount at store and separate no wait entrances to exhibits.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Excellent experience, well worth the visit.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Loved the skip a line but the personnel seemed to be confused over the child less than 3 and if Id been charged extra on my credit card acct. Thanks for the concern every thing so far is OK.

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