Skip the Line: California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket

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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: Flexible (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5072CAS
Skip the line as you visit the California Academy of Sciences - the only place on the planet with an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum and a 4-story rainforest all under one roof! As this is your pre-paid ticket, you will skip all the massive ticket buying lines. And to make it as easy as possible, this ticket includes instant access, meaning you don't have to go to a separate kiosk to redeem your voucher — just present it right at the California Academy of Science's entrance and be on your way.
Filled with hundreds of exhibits and thousands of animals, the California Academy of Sciences has something for everyone to enjoy. Ideal for a family day out, prepare to be amazed and taught about the planet's diversity and biology.

Start your journey with a lift off from planet Earth and take a jaw-dropping ride to the far reaches of the universe at the Morrison Planetarium, the largest all-digital planetarium in the world. Then explore the colorful world of the ocean at the Steinhart Aquarium, home to 38,000 live animals from around the world. A diver will descend into the tank and introduce you to the world's deepest living coral reef exhibit, featuring more than 900 separate species!

Don't forget to stop by and greet Pierre, Howard, Ocio and the rest of the African Penguin colony. Marine biologists will answer your questions while feeding and caring for them. After meeting the albino alligator and his swamp companions, you may find yourself fascinated with the swamp world. Join in on the Swamp Talk and you'll learn about what it takes to care for these amazing creatures, natives to swamps in the southeastern United States.

Enter the 4-story living rainforest contained within a spectacular 90-foot diameter glass dome. It's the largest spherical rainforest exhibit in the world and is home to 1,600 live animals, including free-flying birds and butterflies, exotic reptiles and bats. Don't leave without a visit to the Kimball Natural History Museum that focuses on the evolution and maintenance of life on Earth, drawing on the Academy's 150 years of research!

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California Academy of Sciences
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Academy Hours of Operation:
9:30am-5pm Monday to Saturday
11am-5pm Sunday
  • Academy Tour: Monday–Friday at 11 am and 2 pm; Weekends at 11am, 2pm, and 3:30pm
  • Aquarium Tour: Monday–Friday at 1 pm; Weekends at 10am, 1pm, and 3pm
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Skip the Line: California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket

Seahorse at the California Academy of Sciences

  • Admission ticket
  • Steinhart Aquarium
  • Morrison Planetarium
  • Kimball Natural History Museum
  • 4-story Rainforests of the World Dome
  • Naturalist Center
  • Hearst Forum Theatre
  • Formal tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (not required)
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Passes to special exhibits are handed out daily on a first come first serve basis, therefore subject to availability
  • Planetarium Shows
    • Daily at 10:30am - 4:30pm
  • Coral Reef Dives
    • Daily at 11:30am and 2:30pm
  • Penguin Feedings
    • Daily at 10.30am and 3pm

  • Swamp Talk
    • Daily at 3:30pm
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Karen W, September 2015

Well worth the price of admission! Recommend getting there at opening when it is much easier to get around. The cafe has a nice variety of food and prices seemed reasonable.

Reviewed by: Ayhan G, September 2015

best experience of san francisco very interesting

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Tour code: 5072CAS