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California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California

55 Music Concourse DrGolden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

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  • Visited: 2014-02-01
  • Submitted: 2014-02-07 21:12:02.0
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Earthquake, albino alligator and the rain forest all in one museum

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Be prepared to pay for parking - it's $3 an hour. There is street parking in the park but it's a hot commodity. If you have any energy left, there are bike rentals near the entrance to the parking garage or just walk in the park. CityPass holders can go straight to the members entrance.

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  • Visited: 2013-08-01
  • Submitted: 2013-12-31 14:12:11.0
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Science Made Fun

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Depending on your child's interests, focus on those galleries instead of trying to see everything (with young kids). Take a lunch break at the Academy Cafe and end the outing with a stop at the gift store, which has cool toys and books.

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  • Visited: 2009-06-01
  • Submitted: 2013-02-19 00:08:59.0
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One day is not enough to do this right!

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As we were in town for two weeks, it was most useful to us to buy two CityPasses, which includes this location each time, so we happily went twice! Also, going to their website I just discovered: All guests receive free admission on: March 3, 2013 and June 2, 2013! Score! http://www.calacademy.org/visit/

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Submitted by: Dessertsnob R.

I enjoy going here predominantly because I'm always the free guest on a friend's family membership.  If I didn't have a toddler, I most likely wouldn't be able to handle the crowds and fluctuating stroller and school field trips inundatio...

Submitted by: Nora S.

The California Academy of Sciences was a perennial favorite of mine growing up as a geeky science and nature lover. I was really excited when I learned that my husband's company Xmas party was going to be here. I hadn't seen the Academy of Science since it had been remodeled. The party was great and the building is super modern and cool-looking, but  I have to say I am a little disappointed with what they've done.  The living roof was awesome, yes. The rainforest biodome was great, yes again. But other than those two things and the planetarium, there is so much missing from the museum that used to be here. Where are the naturescapes? ok I don't miss these with their creepy moth-eaten stuffed animals. but whe...

Submitted by: Maria Anna J.

It's been a very long time since I went to the Ca. AoS which means that I haven't been here since it was renovated. We went here on a Tuesday for my daughter's 3rd birthday, bought tickets online the night before and even got $5 off per adult ticket, thanks to a coupon code I found online. Upon arrival you can print your tickets from the machines they have at the front. Found parking a couple of blocks away especially since it was on a weekday. There were definitely a lot of things my daughter enjoyed and got to see. I liked the rainforest (mind you it is hot in there!) until I saw a HUGE cockroach and by then I couldn't wait to get out of there. The aquariums were awesome! Make sure to do the rainforest fir...

Submitted by: Jorydude r.

This is really cool place for Kids. Awesome. If only the...

Submitted by: Joanna R.

Hum dee dum. A-OK dear Academy of Sciences. I don't quite understand the name. Then again, I guess I feel the same way about many places. Hmm, I came here over the summer, with a lot of expectations and hopes, but I really wasn't too interested/intrigued throughout my time there. I thought it would be pretty educational considering the name and all, but it seemed like they really wanted to make it fun for children. I was there with a group of kids from our church and maybe that's what took my focus away, but I'm not sure the kids enjoyed much outside of the aquarium downstairs. That was pretty cool. But really, not too much to look at. Spent the most time on the outdoor theater seating area and the gift shop...

Submitted by: Brian M.

I have to start out by saying that I have been to museums all over the world and this one is just fair to middling, museum-wise. When family visit from out of town we usually take them to one cultural thing or another and I was genuinely excited about visiting the Academy.  I was most excited to visit the planetarium,  figuring that with a name like 'academy of science" , It would be a mind blowing experience.  Instead it just blew.  I used to visit the Adler planetarium in Chicago and always loved the star show. I talked up the planetarium as we all coughed up $30 each to get in. What we got was no star show at all,  just some tired green/eco/planet awareness thing that put me to sleep. The natural history ...

Submitted by: Sean M.

I've been wanting to come here for quite a while. I came waaaaay back in the day before it was remodeled and redone so I had only heard of how great it is inside. Came to stop by the deYoung since I have a member pass, but wasn't aware that it closed Mondays. So, decided to walk across the courtyard to the Academy to simply inquire about memberships and wound up getting one. The membership price is extremely reasonable at $99, and showing a teacher id, I got it a little cheaper too. We came in on a whim and just kind of quickly browsed around so I can't in depth comment on too many specific details yet. In our quick walk through we did stop by the planetarium for a show. Quite incredibly done show on Life, o...

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