California Academy of Sciences
If you want to nerd out on science but can’t decide how, come here: it's the only place on earth to combine an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, and a four-story rainforest all under one roof. Its extraordinary living roof is made up of seven undulating plant-covered “hills.” The largest of these domes houses the biggest all-digital planetarium in the world, which uses real-time data from NASA. If it’s animals you’re after, see what it feels like to come face-to-face with a rare albino alligator wading in his swamp. Plus, meet a giant octopus, Amazonian piranhas, a colony of South African Penguins, and oh, 40,000 other animals. With so many options this place is popular, but you can get a head start on others by skipping the line.
This museum, planetarium, and aquarium give you ALMOST too much to see. I went with my 7- and 4-year-old daughters, husband, and brother and we all enjoyed it. Even their cafeteria was worthwhile, who says that about a museum? I highly recommend.
California Academy of Sciences and More Nearby
55 Music Concourse Dr., Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California 94118
- Preferred entry at the Academy’s main entrance with skip-the-line access
- One-day access to all museum and aquarium exhibits, the rainforest, the living roof, and the planetarium shows
People per Ticket:1 person
Days Off:Thanksgiving and Christmas
Parking Location:200 Music Councourse Drive; Paid garage parking in Golden Gate Park's Music Concourse Garage; Limited four-hour street parking on John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Drives