California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

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Explore one of the world’s largest museums of natural history at California Academy of Sciences. Located in Golden Gate Park, the center offers the world’s only combined aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and living museum. Ride past tigers and elephants on a simulated African safari or admire tropical animals and vegetation by climbing through the canopy of a living rainforest. Don’t miss the chance to shake things up in the earthquake simulator. Free parking is available for the first 4 hours. By using our San Francisco day trip planning site, you can arrange your visit to California Academy of Sciences and other attractions in San Francisco.
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  • I could stay inside the rainforest all day. So magical and informative. So impressed with all the things you can do at this museum. They have a planetarium, a four story rainforest, a coral reef... 
    I could stay inside the rainforest all day. So magical and informative. So impressed with all the things you can do at this museum. They have a planetarium, a four story rainforest, a coral reef...  more »
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  • The Academy is a great place to take the kids! The rainforest and aquarium are the two best exhibits in the space. Sadly, the natural museum section of the academy isn't much to write home about, especially when compared to those offered at full-blown museums. The living roof is pretty to look at, but loses its attraction after the first few minutes. A really cool place to check out is the Naturalist Center upstairs. They have an amazing collection of animal specimens and hands-on science activities.
  • Thursday, May 13, 2021. The day of liberation of the pandemic for all fully vaccinated people. We celebrated it at the Nightlife Event of the California Academy of Sciences with great music, the beauty of exotic nature and animals, and the peace of knowing that we are safe to enjoy each other. What better place to celebrate it... If I could share my videos, I would. But only pics allowed her 😁

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