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Recommended by Jennifer Kollmer

California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

Address 55 Music Concourse Drive San Francisco, CA 94118 Map, Tel 415 379 8000 Call, Website

DeliciousBaby says:

This museum is among our favorite activities for kids in San Francisco, and among our favorite museums anywhere. Part aquarium, part natural history museum, part planetarium, there's enough here to keep the family busy for a full day. We especially loved the enclosed rainforest habitat which winds itself up through four stories of habitat so that you can experience being inside every level of a rainforest (and see the animals who live at each level)

Tips: The cafe is crowded at lunchtime. Plan to dine early, bring your own lunch, or reserve a spot at the tony moss cafe. Buy tickets online to avoid the line at the museum.

Jennifer Kollmer says:

An aquarium, a tropical rainforest, a planetarium--and they have penguins. What's not to love? Older kids will love the exhibits, and the little ones (5 and under) can have a blast in the playroom.

One-day tickets are a bit pricey, but kids 5 and under are free, and if you're going to visit more than once a year, the individual membership covers you and one other person all year.


  1. pranav on December 24, 2010 at 7:48 p.m.

    I LIKE it!

  2. Laura on July 22, 2011 at 10:12 a.m.

    It's free for kids 3 and under. Four to eleven it's $19.95.

  3. Yasmin on January 25, 2013 at 10:56 a.m.

    Just curious - how many hours do you think we should set aside to see most of the exhibits and also see the planetarium show and feed the penguins? My kids are 7 and 9 years old.

  4. Debbie on January 29, 2013 at 11:09 a.m.


    You can see the basics in a half day, but my kids always have a great time and we always end up spending a full day.