San Francisco: Aquarium at California Academy of Sciences 1

San Francisco: Aquarium at California Academy of Sciences

Product ID: 23921

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Key Details
1 hour
Mobile Voucher Accepted
Printed Voucher Accepted
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What You'll Do
  • Learn the history of the aquarium as you go behind the scenes
  • Discover what the scientists do to care for the animals
  • Experience the world's largest all-digital planetarium as you journey into space
  • See thousands of exotic and colorful fish in the aquarium
  • Visit the African Penguin exhibit during feeding time
  • See Claude the albino alligator, with his white skin
  • Journey through the 4-story rainforest dome and learn about the animals and plants found there
  • Enjoy the wildflowers on the 2.5 acre, solar-powered living roof
Spend an hour behind the scenes at the California Academy of Sciences and learn the history of the aquarium and how biologists care for the 38,000 animals that live in it. Then enjoy full access to the aquarium, rainforest, planetarium, and living roof.
What to Expect
Visit the California Academy of Sciences, the world's only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum, on this special Behind the Scenes Tour! In addition to admission and full access to the Academy, take advantage of the skip-the-line entrance so you can spend more time exploring all the exhibits and shows.

Explore the Academy from an insider's perspective and spend an hour behind the scenes at the Steinhart Aquarium. Learn how biologists care for the 38,000 animals—butterflies, fish, penguins, even an albino alligator—that live in the building. Visit the food prep kitchen, see the complex water filtration system, and much more.

Then prepare to see amazing species from all over the world that make their homes in everything from cold saltwater to warm freshwater. You will learn about the aquarium’s history, some of the adaptations animals use to survive in the water, and what the Academy is doing to learn more about them, both here and in the field. Along with the 38,000 live animals, you won't want to miss the African penguins, who put on a spectacular display at feeding time.

Stroll through the rainforest dome with its free-flying birds and butterflies and become immersed in the rainforests of Borneo, Madagascar, Costa Rica, and the flooded Amazon. Discover Borneo bats, chameleons, poison dart frogs, leaf cutter ants, gliders, snakes, and so much more.

Check out the latest amazing digital planetarium show, taking you on a spectacular journey to the far reaches of the universe.

Finally, make your way up to the top to stand outside and view the living roof. Take in the many beautiful flowers and plants and marvel at the ingenuity of the roof and building, which run off of solar power.
What's Included
  • 1-hour Behind the Scenes Tour
  • Skip-the-line admission
  • Exhibits and shows
What's Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
Cancellation Policy
Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
Meeting Point

The California Academy of Sciences is located at 55 Music Concourse Dr. inside Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
Your entrance ticket to the Academy includes all exhibits and shows (please note some shows are capacity controlled and subject to availability).

You must be at least 8-years old to participate on this tour.

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Product ID: 23921