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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?


  • Duration

    At your convenience

  • Start time

    Monday - Saturday: 9:30am – 5pm
    Sunday: 11am – 5pm

  • Meeting Point
    Exchange your voucher for admission at the “Service Desk”, located at the right side of the main entrance of California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, 94118.
  • Ending Point

    The excursion ends at the California Academy of Sciences

Key Highlights

  • Encounters with alligators, sharks, rays and a giant octopus
  • Explore the Universe and visit the Amazon jungle in one day
  • Meet Tyrannosaurus Rex
  • See African penguins being fed


Venture into the steamy world of the rainforest, the depths of the ocean and the immensity of outer space without leaving San Francisco.

The California Academy of Sciences is the only place in the world to combine a natural history museum, aquarium, planetarium and world-class research facility under one roof.

This cutting edge institution will inspire lifelong curiosity for the natural world as you experience a Philippine coral reef, climb into the canopy of a Costa Rican rainforest and fly to the outer reaches of the Universe.

Your ticket grants you skip-the-line access and is valid for all shows and exhibits within the Academy. It's a fascinating family day out.


  • Explore the wonders of nature and the outer reaches of the universe – all in one place when you Visit California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco. Your general admission ticket gives you access to all shows and exhibits within the Academy. The California Academy of Sciences is a world-class scientific and cultural institution housed in the world’s largest public green building. Topped with a living roof, a 2.5 acre expanse of native California plants, it blends seamlessly into the beautiful landscape of San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Park. Highlights of the Academy include: Steinhart Aquarium: Home to 38,000 live creatures from around the world. Watch sharks and rays, explore a Philippine Coral Reef, meet a giant sea bass and giant Pacific octopus, and encounter an albino alligator and other fearsome creatures in The Swamp. Morrison Planetarium: The world's largest all-digital planetarium. State-of-the-art technologies allow the planetarium to produce the most accurate and interactive digital Universe ever created. Rainforests of the World: Step inside a living 4-story rainforest, with dripping water, croaking frogs and chirping birds. Peer into a bat cave, meet chameleons, and climb into the tree-tops to find free-flying birds and butterflies. Kimball Natural History Museum: This focuses on the evolution of life on Earth and maintenance of life on Earth. Among popular exhibits are the skeletons of a vast Tyrannosaurus Rex and an 87 feet long blue whale. Daily Events: Fun-to-watch events include feeding time in the African Penguin Colony and Coral Reef Dives, in which a diver descends into the world's deepest living coral reef exhibit and tells you all about it. Extreme Mammals: Extreme Mammals showcases some of our most intriguing relatives, from the speedy to the sloth-like, the towering to the tiny, even the venomous and the armor-clad. Featuring spectacular fossils and reconstructions alongside recent specimens and live animals, this exhibit explores the surprising and often extraordinary world of extinct and living mammals. Extreme Mammals is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (, in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco. This is just a taste of all the enthralling exhibits and events at this cutting edge scientific institution. Your experience ends at the California Academy of Sciences.


  • General admission to the California Academy of Sciences, including all shows and exhibits


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Please note

In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, starting on Friday, August 27, the California Academy of Sciences requires the following: 

  • Guests ages 12 and above will need to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours to enter the museum. Acceptable forms of proof include paper vaccination card, photo of valid vaccination card, or digital vaccination card.

  • Visitors ages 18 years and over will also be required to provide photo ID in order to verify that the proof of vaccination or negative test result is their own.

  • Acceptable proof of a negative COVID-19 test must include name, date, and type of test, and indication that the result was negative for COVID-19.

Exchange your voucher for admission at the “Service Desk”, located at the right side of the main entrance of California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, 94118.

Please exchange your voucher with tickets up to an hour before closing.

Each guest must have their own voucher (Adults, Children, Youth, and Seniors)

No refunds or exchanges for lost or stolen vouchers.

Please arrive at least 10-20 minutes prior to the scheduled time of your tour.

Your general admission ticket to the Academy includes Extreme Mammals, (please note some shows & exhibits including Extreme Mammals are capacity controlled and subject to availability on the day of visit)

Timed entry passes for Extreme Mammals will be distributed on an individual first come basis on the day of visit until all exhibit passes for the day have been distributed. These will be distributed on the second floor by the entrance to the exhibit.

All guests will need to reserve tickets for a specific entry timeslot and follow a few simple steps to protect yourself, our staff, and our San Francisco community.

Embrace our three favorite Ws: Wear a mask, Wash your hands, and Watch your distance.

The museum is operating at limited capacity to 20% and requires timed-entry tickets to help keep everyone safe and provide even more space to enjoy a physically distanced day at the museum.

Additional info

The Academy provides a wide variety of services and information for individuals with disabilities.These include:• A set number of wheelchairs available at the Coat Check on a first come, first served basis.• Accessible parking in the underground garage.• Assistive listening devices for visitors who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.• Audio tours for visitors who are blind or partially sighted.A shuttle service is now available from various locations in downtown San Francisco to the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park, home to the California Academy of Sciences and other attractions the cost is $2 per person for an all-day, round-trip pass. Exact change is required. Children under 3 and those with mobility problems ride free. Shuttle runs between 9:00am and 6:00pm every 30 minutes. Look for the black Bauer’s shuttle marked 'Downtown/Golden Gate Park'. This shuttle runs on alternative energy (cng)

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