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.
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!
Featured Special Exhibit
Built for Speed (through September 29, 2013)
From speedy ocean animals to the world’s fastest sailboats, find out what it takes to be swift in the sea. Explore the fascinating adaptations of the ocean's fastest creatures—from the streamlined shark to the spineless squid. Get a close-up look at the assembling of a rare offshore orca skeleton, one the fastest marine mammals. See how the AC45 and AC72 wing-sail racing catamarans demonstrate creative design and boundary-breaking technology. Learn about conservation efforts and how you can help keep the seas thriving. Be sure to check out the ORACLE Team USA's AC45 catamaran suspended from the ceiling.
California Academy of Sciences: 4-storey Rainforest
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Departure Point:California Academy of Sciences
- Hours of Operation:
- Monday to Saturday: 9:30 - 5pm
- Sunday: 11am - 5pm
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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)
- 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
- Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 11:30am - 4:30pm
- Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 10:30am - 4:30am
- Coral Reef Dives
- Dive times: Daily at 11:30am and 2:30pm
- Penguin Feedings
- Feeding times: Daily at 10:30am and 3:30pm
- Penguin Show-n-Tell: Saturday and Sunday at 12:30pm and 1:30pm
- Swamp Talk
- Starts: Daily at 1pm
Please note the following attractions closure dates:
- September 23-25, 2013
- February 24-26, 2014
- September 17-18, 2013
- January 14-16, 2014
- May 6-7, 2014
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