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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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Customer Reviews

James King-Min H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Check in was quick, easy and smooth. Everywhere we went help was available, friendly and thorough.

Rachael M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Really amazing -- so many different things to see and do. The shake shack as my daughter calls it was the best because it gave you a real feel for the earthquake pun intended. My husband's favorite was the biosphere and mine was the planetarium!!

Kate C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent museum. Something for everyone. The restaurant has excellent food: best clam chowder we had in San Francisco.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The Academy of Sciences is awesome and a great place to take kids. Plan to spend a good part of the day here!

Terri D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Have done this tour twice and never tire of it. Very enlightening, educational and just just a fabulous time!

Amy O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We spent HOURS here and never ran out of interesting things to see, experience, and learn about. Highly recommend this. My daughter and I both loved it. :

Kristina J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Lots and lots to see here. Better than most similar museums/aquariums because of the wide variety of exhibits to see and how things are displayed. For example, you can see a 20 foot aquarium from the usual underwater level as well as from above water. Cafe was reasonably priced and surprisingly efficient. It wasn't super busy when we went mid-week during summer and there wasn't much line to buy tickets or get in, so the skip the line wasn't critical. E-ticket worked without a hitch.

Stephanie O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Highly informative and educational. Great for kids and adults! Could easily spend a whole day here.

Jacob K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was my first visit to the Academy of Science despite being a Bay Area native for 25 years. The reason I bought the ticket was because of the T-Rex just inside the lobby and I had realized that I've never seen a dinosaur fossil in person before. I was also very interested in visiting the rainforest exhibit and didn't look too much into it beyond that. My fiance and I were treated to a wonderfully warm experience with dozens of birds and butterflies and all manner of non-native plant life. On top of that, we were treated to an Aquarium that was so much better than Pier 39s. I didn't even know it was there until we took the elevator down! The species in this place are MASSIVE. Your jaw will drop with awe when you see these sea creature who must be hundreds and hundreds of years old. It is almost as if you are taking a step back in time. And the interactive panels for all of the displays was a very nice touch.

Unfortunately we did not get to visit the planetarium this time. That is a top priority for our next visit. We will definitely be back.

Hoang N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This place is wonderful for families with young children and want educational and fun avtivities. Our kids enjoyed it very much.

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