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Skip-the-Line California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket

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San Francisco, United States
Skip-the-Line California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket

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Up to 24 hours in advance. Learn more

Safety measures
icon3 to 5 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

Enjoy easy access to the California Academy of Sciences with this pre-paid skip-the-line ticket. Walk right in to enjoy the museum's 4-story rain forest, planetarium, and aquarium. Avoid wasting your precious vacation waiting in the long lines to purchase tickets for this exhibit-packed museum. Your admission includes all shows and exhibits, and is a perfect activity for families. ***IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE*** Proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of a scheduled museum visit is required for all Academy guests ages 12+, along with photo ID for guests ages 18+. Masks are required indoors for all guests ages 2+.
  • California Academy of Science admission ticket includes all shows and exhibits
  • Instant-access ticket means no waiting in line at a separate kiosk to redeem your voucher
  • Perfect for families—there's something for everyone to enjoy
  • Enter the world's largest all digital planetarium for an astronaut's view of Earth
  • Step inside the 4-story rain forest and look for frogs, chameleons, and free flying birds and butterflies
  • Make friends with the fun and friendly colony of South African penguins in Africa Hall
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Instant-access admission to the California Academy of Sciences
Formal tour
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Gratuities (not required)

Departure Point

55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA

Departure Time

9/1/2021 - 10/31/2021
Monday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunday:11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
11/1/2021 - 12/31/2021
Monday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunday:11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
1/1/2022 - 3/31/2022
Monday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunday:11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
4/1/2022 - 6/30/2022
Monday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunday:11:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Start by making your way to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, and then breeze right past the long ticket lines and enjoy a wait-free entrance. Make the most of your vacation time and get started exploring the shows and exhibits right away.

Discover the African Penguin colony; get right up close to the glass and say hello as they swoop and dive through the water. Catch a penguin feeding by the museum's marine biologists, during which they will answer any of your questions about the penguins’ biology or behavior. Visit Claude, the American alligator with albinism, and some of his swamp friends while listening to a Swamp Talk by the museum's staff.

Enter the Morrison Planetarium, an all-digital planetarium, for a show that lets you explore the farthest reaches of the universe. Then descend into the Steinhart Aquarium and see live 40,000 animals from the world over, including octopus, seahorses, and jellyfish. Watch divers as they clean the tank and tend to the fish in the world's deepest living coral reef exhibit.

Peel off your jacket and enter the 4-story rain forest. Watch for free-flying birds and butterflies and listen as the scarlet macaws argue over their toys. Check out the spiders, amphibians, and reptiles in the many glassed-in exhibits that dot the rain forest trail.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
California Academy of Sciences
The California Academy of Sciences is a must-see San Francisco museum. Based in beautiful Golden Gate Park, it’s the only place on Earth to house an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum—all under one living roof. From the splashing penguins in African Hall to the wildflowers on the roof, the building is bursting with life. A four-story living rainforest and awe-inspiring coral reef ecosystem showcase Earth’s biodiversity, while immersive planetarium shows offer a new perspective on the planet we call home.
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Steinhart Aquarium
Steinhart Aquarium is one of the most biologically diverse and interactive aquariums on Earth. Home to nearly 40,000 live animals, representing more than 900 unique species, it offers guests an unprecedented view of underwater and terrestrial habitats. From species displayed nowhere else in the world to exhibits about cutting-edge research in little-known ocean ecosystems, a visit to Steinhart Aquarium is full of discovery.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Morrison Planetarium
Morrison Planetarium shows are fueled by cutting-edge scientific data, resulting in stunning visualizations of the latest findings, discoveries, and theories about our Universe. Every star or galaxy a viewer encounters in the planetarium precisely mirrors a real-world counterpart, and when this virtual cosmos is projected onto Morrison's 75-foot-diameter screen, the dome itself seems to disappear, resulting in a uniquely immersive experience. Planetarium showpasses are included in the price of admission and can be reserved at the planetarium pass pick-up desk across from the planetarium entrance.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Osher Rainforest at the California Academy of Sciences
A magnificent neotropical rainforest stretches 90 feet above. Delight in the exploits of 1,600+ live plants and animals, including taxicab-like sun beetles, leafcutter ants hard at work, and a slithering Amazonian tree boa.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE: the California Academy of Sciences requires proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of a scheduled visit for all Academy visitors ages 12 and over. This does not apply to youth ages 11 years and younger who are not currently eligible for vaccination. Masks will continue to be required for all visitors ages 2 and over while visiting the Academy in all indoor spaces. Please note that if you arrive at the Academy without proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, you will unfortunately not be allowed to enter and a refund will not be issued for your tickets.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Entry into Planetarium is by free reservation in order to facilitate physical distancing. Upon arriving at the Academy, guests will be able to scan a QR code with their smartphone and select an entry time. Please note that the capacity for Planetarium is extremely limited. Planetarium shows may not be appropriate for children under 7, and we regret that we cannot permit any child under 4.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY California Academy of Sciences
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip-the-Line California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-Line California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Skip-the-Line California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-Line California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Skip-the-Line California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-Line California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip-the-Line California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-Line California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Go during the week, ideally later in the day to avoid crowds." See review
  • "No reservation time needed to get into the Academy of Sciences." See review

Reviews

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star-1
no vac no life
KRYSTSINA_Z
, Sep 2021
Our children were looking forward to this visit. but failed to enter because of vaccines. we all are disappointed
star-2
Disapointed if I couldn’t use it some other days
Yemane_W
, Sep 2021
I was eager to show my daghters and son, we didn’t know that about the vaccination 2 of us live in California and could get the vaccination card, the rest 3 live in Atlanta and couldn’t get it. At the gate they told us that the 3 could not enter. We were disapointed and went back home. Is there any way we could use the tickets some other day or get refund? Thanks.
star-5
Great time
MARTHA_R
, Aug 2021
I had a great time! I did get motion sickness in the planetarium exhibit but I still enjoyed it. My favorite experience was seeing Claude the albino alligator!!
star-5
Great time At the academy
Sue_W
, Aug 2021
Rain forest and the open manta ray pool. Watching all the live butterflies and birds and seeing some of the rain forest species was super interesting!
star-5
Great experience
Andrea_M
, Aug 2021
absolutely loved it! great spot for me and my boyfriend they had a little cafe and the food was actually good! i would love to come back
star-5
Thumbs up for Academy of Sciences
Isaac_M
, Aug 2021
The Aquarium section- was enjoyable to see all the fish up close. Very nice to see the various types of marine life. We also enjoyed the atrium with the free flying birds, and butterflies. It made you aware of their habitat and to honor it.
star-5
Amazing
Rudy_R
, Aug 2021
The planetarium was out of this world. Beautiful presentation. Loved the butterflies in the rain forest. And being able to walk under the fish in the aquarium was really cool!
star-5
Awesome
Heather_C
, Aug 2021
The fairest will. And all of the nice people at Academy of science It was an awesome trip the albino alligator is something for everybody to see
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fun, educational day for all ages
Nana
, Aug 2021
Our grandson loved every moment. Searching for animals in the rainforest, learning about sharks, even eating our lunch with an aquarium right next to us. The planetarium had a wonderful show which kept his attention. We will be back.
star-5
No wait!
Davealyn_S
, Aug 2021
Skip the line was awesome! We observed a long line of people waiting to get in, but we were able to just walk right in.

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