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  • Address: 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California 94118, USA
  • Hours: Daily 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sunday from 11 a.m.)
  • Admission: $30

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California Academy of Sciences

Inside bucolic Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences holds a fascinating collection of 38,000 natural wonders and the occasional freak of nature. Under the wildflower-covered “living roof,” butterflies flutter through a four-story glass rain forest dome, a rare white alligator stalks a swamp, and Pierre the Penguin paddles his massive new tank in the African Hall.

Downstairs, kids are sure to enjoy the basement aquarium, where they can duck inside a glass bubble to enter an eel forest, find Nemos in tropical fish tanks, or pet starfish. Head upward in the elevator to the roof for panoramic views of Golden Gate Park, or glimpse skyward into infinity in the Planetarium. For the ecology-minded, check out the displays throughout the main floor, which show how conservation issues affect California’s ecosystem.

If you stay for lunch, the dining options at the Academy are first-rate, as both the Academy Café and Moss Room restaurant are run by two of the city's top chefs, Charles Phan and Loretta Keller, and feature local, organic, sustainable foods.

Practical Info

The California Academy of Sciences is conveniently located on the west side of Golden Gate Park and is easily accessible via public transportation. This side of Golden Gate Park is also home to the San Francisco Botanical Garden & Strybing Arboretum or the MH de Young Memorial Museum.

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