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Overview

Avoid wasting your precious time waiting in long lines to purchase tickets at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Pre-purchase your general admission ticket online now, and gain access to all the exhibits and shows offered at this popular attraction, including its 4-story rain forest, planetarium, and aquarium. Plus, your California Academy of Sciences admission ticket is good for the whole day, so you can explore at your own pace.
  • California Academy of Science admission ticket includes all shows and exhibits
  • Skip the massive ticket buying lines by prebooking
  • Perfect for families—there's something for everyone to enjoy
  • Enter the world's largest all digital planetarium for an astronaut's view of Earth
  • Experience the aquarium's California Coast, Philippine Coral Reef, and Water World tanks, containing thousands of fish and exotic marine life
  • Step inside the 4-story rain forest and look for frogs, chameleons, and free flying birds and butterflies
  • Make friends with the fun and friendly colony of South African penguins in Africa Hall

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Situated in lovely Golden Gate Park, this is an amazing museum with an aquarium, planetarium, and rain forest all in one building. A general admission ticket will save you tons of time—especially during peak season—by letting you bypass the long ticket lines.
Start by making your way to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, and then breeze right past the long ticket lines. Make the most of your vacation time and get started exploring the shows and exhibits.

Discover the African Penguin colony; get right up close to the glass and say hello 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, an all-digital planetarium, for a show that lets you explore the farthest reaches of the universe. Then descend into the Steinhart Aquarium and see live 40,000 animals from the world over, including octopus, seahorses, and jellyfish. Watch divers as they clean the tank and tend to the fish in the world's deepest living coral reef exhibit.

Peel off your jacket and enter the 4-story rain forest. 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 rain forest trail.

Itinerary

DAILY PROGRAMS
  • 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

Reviews

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C
, Dec 2017

One of the best choices to do in San Francisco with kids!

B
, Oct 2017

Amazing experience for kids and adults

J
, Aug 2017

A wonderful museum full of interesting exhibits. We spent several hours there and were never bored. We particularly liked the eco dome and the planetarium show and the earthquake experience.

S
, Aug 2017

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.

d
, Jul 2017

Tried to do two tours in one day, Didn't get to tour the whole tour as the tour ended at 5:00 P.M. Will try to take the tour again

M
, Jul 2017

Very cool place for families. An the museum across from the Academy is superb!

J
, Jun 2017

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.

C
, Jun 2017

This tour was amazing!

A
, Jun 2017

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

M
, Jun 2017

The Academy itself was amazing, so worthwhile and no problems there. It was the Skip the Line component. There was no Skip the Line, I couldn't get my ticket to scan and the entry staff said they hadn't heard of this offer. Had to queue at ticket box same as everyone else. Don't offer what can't be delivered.


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