California Academy of Sciences 3.0 rating

  Children Friendly

The California Academy of Sciences is an absolutely stunning museum and an excellent place to take your children. Among the many highlights of this museum is the building itself - ride the elevator to the top to see the Living Roof, a literal green roof and marvel of architecture with soft mounds covered in grass and flowers. On the ground floor are numerous interactive science exhibits, outdoor gardens, and an aviary. Towering over the massive exhibit halls is the sphere-like Planetarium on one side of the building, while the other side is overshadowed by the domed 'Rainforests of the World' exhibit, a massive transparent dome which contains a winding pathway that takes you to the top of a living rainforest, past towering trees and animal displays. The building also contains a fantastic aquarium on the bottom floor, which showcases the more unusual sea life such as octopus, jellyfish, sea dragons, and sea stars among its displays of coral reefs, kelp forests, and tidepools.

About California Academy of Sciences

 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA, United States

 Nearest Transit: 16th St. Mission

 +1 415-379-8000

California Academy of Sciences and Nearby Attractions on Map

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Battery Chamberlin

Battery Chamberlin(3 km)
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Mountain Lake

Mountain Lake(2 km)
The campsite of the Anza settlement party in 1776, it became a source of fresh water for San Francisco during the early years.

Conservatory of Flowers

Conservatory of Flowers(0.7 km)
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San Francisco Botanical Gardens

San Francisco Botanical Gardens(0.5 km)
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Shakespeare Garden

Shakespeare Garden(0.2 km)
With roses and other flowers mentioned in his plays.

Baker Beach

Baker Beach(3.1 km)
A beautiful, immaculately kept 1 mile stretch of beach, set just behind the Golden Gate Bridge.

Buena Vista Park

Buena Vista Park(2.1 km)
Steep paths to the top of its 575' elevation lead to some nice views through the trees, but are easily circumnavigated by non-enthusiasts.

Grand View Park

Grand View Park(1.6 km)
Worth visiting because of the stupendous views it offers over downtown San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, the Pacific Ocean, Marin headlands, and across to the Sutro Tower.

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