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California Academy of Sciences is a great place if you are interested in nature, you can experience the rainforest, visit the aquarium, experience an earthquake, and so much more, this activity will take you at least 3 hours, good idea to take breaks between exhibits. This place is always busy, so parking can be a challenge unless you are prepared to pay $24 for parking at the cal Academy garage. Buying the tickets was easy and hassle free, tried printing the ticket but the printer was out of order so I thought I could use the mobile app to enter the activity, not the case, I had to email calacademy.org the PDF version of the ticket to have our tickets issued to us, we still were able to skip the line and the staff at the Academy of Sciences was very helpful and accommodating. In short, you are better off printing the PDF version of your voucher/ticket, since Academy of Sciences does not seem equipped to scan the app from your phone.
I wish I had scheduled more time to more fully explore this wonderful learning resource. Exhibits were well displayed. Ample learning activities existed for young learners that were very engaging. Effort was made to explain and make relevant all of the exhibits I saw. Staff seemed friendly and answered my questions. Take your family and enjoy a pleasant day learning about the world we live in.
some amazing highlights: - the aquarium with coral reef and glass tunnel with fish swimming around you - the rainforest area with butterflies all around you - the roof with beautiful flowers and grassy "hills" - interactive exhibits in each area, for various ages of kids (and adults :-) )
We took our grandchildren to this beautiful museum and it was a wonderful experience. The kids enjoyed the rainforest, the aquarium and the planetarium shows. I was not overly crowded, so it made for a delightful afternoon.
Wow what a great time we had. This place is beautiful. Well kept and clean, all the animals looked healthy. Exhibits and staff were great and very interested in sharing knowledge. We will be back.