De California Academy of Sciences is 's werelds enige museum met een aquarium, planetarium, regenwoud, en natuurhistorisch museum onder één dak!
We went early in the morning on a quiet day, no real queues and plenty of space to look and enjoy the wide variety of exhibitions. Favourites included Claude the albino alligator, the aquarium and the shake house in the Earthquake exhibition. I'm giving it four stars though because as it reached midday, it did get much busier and it became a bit trickier to enjoy time when everyone around wanted to see same thing. The restaurant was confusing with multiple queues for different food counters, drinks kept in a different place and another queue for cashiers, some of whom didn't take cash payments. I mention this just for advice on planning when to go and best to bring a packed lunch to enjoy in garden.
There was no such thing as skip the line. I still had to get in line and obtain a ticket after presenting my Viator printout. Viator should advise that they are not anything to do with California Academy of Science that Viator is simply a third party. My experience with Viator was horrible. I should have purchased admission for myself and my 4 year old grandson directly from California Academy of Sciences. The exhibits were fantastic and Eduardo from California Academy of Science was wonderful, sympathetic and very helpful considering the mess Viator caused me. I was on the phone with Viator for 40 minutes, on hold listening to violin music then I heard a couple of clicks and someone from California Academy of Sciences had me re-explain what had taken place. I am thankful Eduardo got involved since no one from Viator even tried to call me back after they dropped me from hold. A total nightmare just trying to buy two admissions via the internet with the hope of skipping the lines for a one day admission.
In general it was ok, but... statement skip the line is NOT true. First when we came we stood in line to get in, but they said they cannot let me in because I need print out of tickets. So we had to wait in another line, wait for tickets to be printed and then go again in other line to show those tickets to eventually get in. So i really didn't see any advantage using Viator. And the worse of all employees of academy of sciensces were saying to viator not to tell skip the line but they still do, so it looks like they lie to people just to get more customers
It was a horrible experience! first they won't allow you to skip the line, then they will let you queue to a long line to confirm your tickets, next they don't recognize the vouchers by viator so they will ask you to send them the email confirmation of viator so they could print the tickets... it would have been much easier to go there and purchase the ticket at site as the price is just the same...
It was ok but not as good as we expected. The aquarium was not as good as led to believe and we had such a short time in SF and I would have preferred to use this day in a different way.
The ticket is also misleading as I bought it as a 'skip the line' ticket and still had to stand in the line to get a ticket from the gate before we could get in the doors.
Skip the Line: California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket--This is misleading. You do not skip the line. You will NOT be admitted with this voucher. Please proceed to the ticket counter and they will issue you a ticket and then you may proceed to the entrance where a nice lady will scan your ticket. I didn't check what the prices were at the counter so can't comment on the prices. The activity itself was great. We spent about 5 hours there, but only because we were waiting for the penguin feeding. Parking is very expensive in the paid parking lot but worth it if you have little children and can't spend half the day looking for curbside parking and then lugging your family up a hill to the Academy of Sciences.