Aquarium, Planetarium, and Natural History All in One Museum

California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco’s gorgeous Golden Gate Park treats visitors to an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum all under one roof. It is the perfect day out for adults and children alike.

Highlights of the Museum

California Academy of Sciences showcases multiple exhibits to fill at least half a day at the museum. The aquarium takes you through waters around the world, planetarium shoots you to outer space, and the natural history museum transports you to the past through future eras.

Highlights of the museum include the interactive uphill walk of the four-story rainforest and the earthquake simulation exhibit. For adults, consider going to the museum on a Thursday night for half the price of admission and with drinks and live music to brighten up the night. If you drive to the museum, you can find free parking around the park or paid parking at the Music Concourse Parking Facility.

Rainforest Exhibit. A highlight of the California Academy of Sciences. Walk uphill around the rainforest to experience the elevation differences. As you walk up each level you will find different plants, animals, and even temperature changes
The aquarium takes guests around the world and to the deep waters showcases some amazing sea creatures. California Academy of Sciences impresses visitors with its ranges of exhibits all found under one roof


Dining at California Academy of Sciences

The food at The Academy Cafe, unfortunately, disappoints. Expect cafeteria-like sandwiches, pizzas, salads, rice bowls, and snacks at steep prices. You may be better off bringing your own snacks or planning a meal somewhere else in the city. Consider the cafe as a place for the kids to get much-needed sustenance. However, if the weather warms up The Terrace just outside serves proper meals and a decent selection of beers – perfect for adults.

The entrance to The Academy Cafe from within the museum. The cafe is your last choice when it comes to dining – if the kids (or yourself) are desperately hungry and need a quick bite between walking around the museum


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California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco
Monday to Saturday, 9:30am to 5pm
Sunday, 11am to 5pm
Thursdays, 6pm to 10pm – Only for ages 21+, $15
Adults, $34.95
Child (Ages 4-11), $24.95
Youth (Ages 12-17), $29.95
Student with ID, $29.95
Senior (Ages 65+), $29.95


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