California Academy of Sciences
457 locals recommend · Estimated price 3 out of 4 ·
Why locals recommend it
Every Thursday, the museum stays open late for NightLife, which is an awesome way to see the place without swarms of kids running around. Sip on cocktails while gazing at jellyfish, an albino alligator, and other creatures in the aquarium. Arrive early to score planetarium tickets, and don’t miss the rainforest housed inside a 90-foot glass dome. Don’t be afraid to wear fancy threads to this. Check the website for that week’s theme, because the museum goes all out with decor and drinks to match.
Tips from locals
Perfect place for animal and nature lovers alike! You're guaranteed to pop a smile amidst the aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, rain forest, and home to 40,000 live animals — all under one living roof. Home to a Bay Area's celebrity albino alligator, Claude!
Not to be missed. In Golden Gate Park, with the famous Steinhart Aquarium, Planetarium and excellent exhibits featuring nature and science. The cafe is great, too. Good for all ages.
Great place to visit for adults and children. Amazing indoor museum with a butterfly rainforest area, aquarium, planetarium. Located inside Golden Gate park, which is a great place to visit as well.
The Cal Academy natural history museum is a great place to visit and has a variety of exhibits as well as a rain forest, planetarium, and rooftop garden.
The world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum. Come nose-to-beak with penguins and parrots, watch sharks and sting rays cruise beneath your feet, and feel the spray of the California coast
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