Open Hours:Mon-Sat: 9:30am-5:00pm; Sun: 11:00am-5:00pm
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- 98%Family Travelers
- 60%Green Travelers
- 59%Local Culture
- 55%History Buffs
- 52%Art & Design Lovers
User Reviews (126 Reviews)
- California Academy Of SciencesMember ofFamily TravelersOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Sep 13, 2013
Definitely one of the coolest things to do in SF, either with kids or without. The Cal Academy is part aquarium, part science museum, part planetarium. The whole facility is new, and is big enough to spend a full day here. The grass roof is designed to look like a piece of the park was lifted up and the museum slipped underneath. If you can, go during the week and beat the crowds. This place is packed on weekends.
- California Academy Of SciencesMember ofFamily TravelersLocal CultureLuxury TravelersSep 13, 2013
The Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park is the best place to take children in SF! Incredible museum, aquarium, and planetarium. Gorgeous building with living rooftop and really yummy food options.
- California Academy Of SciencesMember ofFamily TravelersLocal CultureFoodies+ 1Feb 26, 2014
Want to entertain the kids for a whole morning? Take them here. It has a bit of everything...aquarium, stuffed animals, planetarium and even a rainforest glasshouse. You walk right in and you feel you're in the equator. The air is heavy. The kids will enjoy the butterflies.
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- California Academy Of SciencesMay 29, 2013
I love, love, love the California Academy of Sciences. Every time I go there I feel like I'm a kid on her first field trip again. I feel like in everyday life I walk around the city purposely not noticing things (like someone using the sidewalk as a restroom), so it's so refreshing to actually be somewhere you can just stare at something and become lost in how amazing it is.
The building itself is an architectural marvel. It has a "living roof" and was built by one of my favorite architects, Renzo Piano. And inside it's just filled with marvels. It has an impressive glass dome that has a diameter of 90 feet and contains plants and wildlife from 4 different rain forests. The "Flooded Forest" tank which is also part of the exhibit holds 100,000 gallons of water and really exotic (scary) looking fish. The Academy also has fun dioramas and an African penguin exhibit (yes penguins!), which you can see in Tusher African Hall. Go see the penguins! You won't be disappointed. Unless you hate cute little penguins. In which case, I think you may have other issues.
I could go on and on about the Academy, but I'll just mention two more things. They have Galapagos Tortoises they preserved and mounted on a display wall. They are a-mazing! You have to see them. The other thing you should not miss is the Morrison Planetarium. It's the largest all-digital planetarium in the world. You just have to time it right to make sure you get a ticket to a show.
Okay, I lied. I will say one more thing about the Academy. Every Thursday night they open up the place to visitors 21 and older only, and they feature live music and drinks. So you get to walk around the place, cocktail in hand and feel like a kid again (except for the alcohol part - I hope). If you've ever thought about going, just do it. It's really, really fun!
- California Academy Of SciencesJul 04, 2012
I have really loved this place since I was just a kid and got to go many times on school field trips. Now that I'm all grown up I'm sad to say I don't get to go as much but when I do I really try to take advantage of this place and take it all in.
Everything here is amazing but the planetarium is simply stunning and the rainforest exhibit is a must see. The best experience I have had here was when I was able to see the platypus exhibit. I have loved these strange looking yet cute rare mammals since I was little and to see them up close was a highlight in my life. They are so fun to watch and they are truly more than just one of God's jokes when it comes to nature.
I do wish more parents would get control of their kids to control the screaming and running around because it is a pricey trip and I think we all want to be able to enjoy ourselves and have a good time.
- California Academy Of SciencesMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Feb 10, 2014
Happened to go on one of their free Sundays, which was great, except that it meant there was a line to get in that went down the block, and I decided to wait until later in the day, hoping the crowd would thin. Because of this, I didn't get the full experience - there just wasn't time. And it was still very crowded. But, what I did see was still great, and you can't go wrong with free. Yay, science!