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  • Location:San Francisco, California
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Skip the Line: California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket

Enjoy easy access to the California Academy of Sciences with this skip-the-line pass. Walk right in with this pre-paid ticket to enjoy the museum's 4-story rainforest, planetarium and aquarium. Avoid wasting your precious vacation waiting in the long lines to purchase tickets for this exhibit-packed museum. Your admission includes all shows and exhibits, and is a perfect activity for families. 


  • 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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Skip the Line: California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket

Get instant access to the California Academy of Sciences!

Make your way to the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, then breeze right past the long ticket lines and enjoy a wait-free entrance. Make the most of your vacation time and get started exploring the shows and exhibits here right away.

Discover the African Penguin colony; get right up close to the glass and say hello to Ocio, Howard and Pierre as they swoop and dive through the water. Catch a penguin feeding by the museum's marine biologists, during which they will answer any of your questions about the penguins biology or behavior. Visit Claude, the albino alligator and some of his swamp friends while listening to a Swamp Talk by the museum's staff. 

Enter the Morrison Planetarium, the largest all-digital planetarium in the world, for a show that lets you explore the farthest reaches of the universe. Then descend into the Steinhart Aquarium and see the 38,000 live animals from the world over, including octopus, seahorses and jellyfish. Watch divers as they clean the tank and tend to the fish n the world's deepest living coral reef exhibit. 

Peel off your jacket and enter the 4-story rainforest, the largest spherical rainforest exhibit in the world. Watch for free-flying birds and butterflies and listen as the scarlet macaws argue over their toys. Check out the spiders, amphibians and reptiles in the many glassed-in exhibits that dot the rainforest trail. 

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  • Planetarium Shows
    • Daily at 10:30am - 4:30pm
  • Coral Reef Dives
    • Daily at 11:30am and 2:30pm
  • Penguin Feedings
    • Daily at 10.30am and 3pm

  • Swamp Talk
    • Daily at 3:30pm

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our only problem was NOT ENOUGH TIME!! So special ...

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Well worth the price of admission! Recommend getting there at opening when it is much easier to get around. The cafe has a nice variety of food and prices seemed reasonable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

best experience of san francisco very interesting

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!

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