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The California Academy of Sciences is an absolutely stunning museum and an excellent place to take your children.

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.


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About California Academy of Sciences

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

 +1 415-379-8000

 www.calacademy.org

California Academy of Sciences and Nearby Sights on Map

Shakespeare Garden

With roses and other flowers mentioned in his plays

Japanese Tea Garden

The oldest public Japanese garden in the country, with beautiful plants, ponds, bridges, and Japanese-style structures including a tea house

De Young Museum

A modern and ethnic art focused museum, with three levels of fascinating exhibits with contemporary and historical pieces from America as well as art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas in a uniquely-designed building with courtyards and sculpture gardens

San Francisco Botanical Gardens

One of the largest botanical gardens on the west coast, the Botanical Gardens cover 55 acres with thousands of varieties of plants from around the world and multiple specialized gardens and miles of trails (seriously, the place is huge)

Children's Playground

A large and unique kid's play area

Conservatory of Flowers

This antique palatial greenhouse, one of the first structures of its kind in the county, is filled with a huge variety of beautiful and exotic plant species

Stow Lake

This pleasant lake surrounding Strawberry Hill, a scenic island with excellent views and great picnic spots, is an excellent place to relax

Grand View Park

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

Golden Gate Park

Sprawling over 1017 acres on San Francisco's Pacific coast, the Golden Gate Park is the largest man-made park in the world

Mountain Lake Park

A small hiking trail winds around this scenic lake, noted for its historic importance in that it supplied water to the nearby colonial Spanish settlement of the Presidio