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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.

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

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

California Academy of Sciences: 4-storey Rainforest

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

Please note the following attractions closure dates:

Planetarium Closures
  • September 22-24, 2014
  • February 23-25, 2015
Rainforest Closures
  • January 13-15, 2015
  • May 5-6, 2015

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

After all these years, the aquarium is still a great place to visit.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This tour was amazing!

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