How about visiting a place where you can enjoy an aquarium, planetarium AND a natural history museum ALL under one roof! Welcome to the California Academy of Sciences!
Whatever your interests, this incredible Academy based in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park is designed to engage and inspire like no other museum on the planet.
Not only is the building, itself, a stunning architectural achievement but the new Academy contains multiple venues, hundreds of unique exhibits and nearly 40,000 live animals.
Yes, you read that right!
Let's start with the aquarium, shall we?
Kids, how do you fancy coming face to face with over 900 animal species, enjoy hands-on exhibits AND see the world's LARGEST living indoor coral reef?
Check out the Steinhart Aquarium exhibit!
Make some time to check out the Osher Rainforest, where you can step inside a living four-story rainforest, which is home to free-flying tropical butterflies and birds!
The aquarium is great for shows, tours, and yes, adorable Penguin Feeding at 10:30am and 3pm daily! They also have Swamp Talk at 3:30pm daily.
The animal adventures can continue with a visit to the planetarium, with the Expedition Reef show. Here you can take a dive into the breathtaking beauty of the coral reefs in this original planetarium show.
Throughout the rest of the California Academy of Sciences, kids can learn about evolutionary history, weather stations, the color of life, and see an all-digital dome that displays one of the most accurate and immersive Universes ever created!
Animals, space, natural history, and a great family day out in California. What more could you want!?
From $25.25 (Ages 3 to 17)
All San Francisco residents receive free admission on two designated weekends each year—in fall and spring, determined by zip code of residence!
From the Café's wide selection of multicultural cuisine, fresh pastries, and gourmet coffee, to The Terrace's seasonal share plate menu, craft beer, and wine selection, you'll find delicious—and sustainable—options to please every palate.
Check out the special ticketed events and experiences, including going behind the scenes, experience the Academy at night, and even sleepovers!
Make sure you check out the Academy Store, as they offer a host of apparel, toys, games and educational items great to take home! They also have a fun selection of gifts too!
School field trip reservations are available for formal California school groups of students in grades pre-K through 12, including preschool. Generally, field trips can be scheduled on all dates with the exception of Free Days and holidays. You can even book a weekend visit! Trips are FREE so San Francisco school groups
Don't worry, they have plenty of healthy options at the Terrace and the Cafe!
If you're a member, you get to enjoy a host of perks, including extended hours!
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