California Academy Of Sciences General Admission Ticket: Skip The Line - San Francisco

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
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  • Duration: 5 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    5/24/2019 - 5/26/2019Monday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM Tuesday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM Wednesday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM Thursday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM Friday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM Saturday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM Sunday:11.. read more
  • Departure Details :
    California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4503
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


The California Academy of Sciences is the world's only aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum - all under one living roof!And to make it as easy as possible, this ticket includes instant access, meaning you don't have to go to a separate kiosk to redeem your just present it right at the California Academy of Science's entrance and be on your way.

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Steinhart aquarium: Highlights include the Philippine Coral Reef, the California Coast tank, and Twilight Zone: Deep Reefs Revealed.

Osher Rainforest: A glass dome houses the four-story living rainforest, where birds and butterflies fly freely among lush tropical trees, plants, and other animals from around the world.

Living Roof: Visit our rolling green roof for views of Golden gate park and beyond.California wildflowers bloom in spring while dozens of native plants provide habitat for birds, bees, and butterflies year-round.

African Penguins: Visit our colony of charismatic South African birds. Join a biologist for penguin feedings at 10:30 am and 3 pm daily.

The Swamp: Meet its most famous resident, Claude, an albino American alligator, who shares his home with a trio of prehistoric-looking alligator snapping turtles.

Morrison Planetarium: Reserve a ticket (free with admission) at the Planetarium kiosk to see our newest show, Expedition Reef.

Newest Exhibit: Giants of Land and Sea. Explore Northern California's natural wonders through a variety of experiences: feel your way through an immersive fog room, keep your balance in an earthquake simulator, virtually ascend to the top of a towering redwood, and see a variety of specimens and fossils.



• Planetarium Shows

• Daily at 10:30am - 4:30pm
• Coral Reef Dives

• Daily at 11:30am and 2:30pm
• Penguin Feedings

• Daily at 10.30am and 3pm
• Swamp Talk

• Daily at 3:30pm


Entry/Admission - California Academy of Sciences


Formal tour

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Food and drinks

Gratuities (not required)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

Planetarium seat tickets (free with admission) can be reserved at the planetarium kiosk upon arrival.

The interactive map includes a sensory guide for guests with noise, visual, touch, and/or smell sensitivities. Plan your route at

Traveler Reviews

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  • 27-Jan-2020

    Amazing visit. Great aquarium. The jellyfish!!! Also loved the rainforest and butterflies, wonderful!

  • 23-Aug-2019

    I was hesitant to buy these tickets after reading other reviews about how it doesn't truly let you "skip the line." I'm happy to report that these tickets DO allow you to skip the line. I pulled up the voucher on my phone and I was able to scan it directly from my phone for entry at the "Ticketed Entry" door. The line to "Purchase Tickets" was nearby and was decently full for a Wednesday morning - we didn't have to stand in that line, yay!

    The only thing that could've been better is the ability to purchase student tickets. You can do this through the California Academy of Sciences website, but not on Viator.

  • 22-Dec-2017

    One of the best choices to do in San Francisco with kids!

  • 04-Oct-2017

    Amazing experience for kids and adults

  • 21-Aug-2017

    A wonderful museum full of interesting exhibits. We spent several hours there and were never bored. We particularly liked the eco dome and the planetarium show and the earthquake experience.

  • 15-Aug-2017

    We went early in the morning on a quiet day, no real queues and plenty of space to look and enjoy the wide variety of exhibitions. Favourites included Claude the albino alligator, the aquarium and the shake house in the Earthquake exhibition. I'm giving it four stars though because as it reached midday, it did get much busier and it became a bit trickier to enjoy time when everyone around wanted to see same thing. The restaurant was confusing with multiple queues for different food counters, drinks kept in a different place and another queue for cashiers, some of whom didn't take cash payments. I mention this just for advice on planning when to go and best to bring a packed lunch to enjoy in garden.

  • 31-Jul-2017

    Tried to do two tours in one day, Didn't get to tour the whole tour as the tour ended at 5:00 P.M. Will try to take the tour again

  • 22-Jul-2017

    Very cool place for families. An the museum across from the Academy is superb!

  • 28-Jun-2017

    There was no such thing as skip the line. I still had to get in line and obtain a ticket after presenting my Viator printout. Viator should advise that they are not anything to do with California Academy of Science that Viator is simply a third party. My experience with Viator was horrible. I should have purchased admission for myself and my 4 year old grandson directly from California Academy of Sciences. The exhibits were fantastic and Eduardo from California Academy of Science was wonderful, sympathetic and very helpful considering the mess Viator caused me. I was on the phone with Viator for 40 minutes, on hold listening to violin music then I heard a couple of clicks and someone from California Academy of Sciences had me re-explain what had taken place. I am thankful Eduardo got involved since no one from Viator even tried to call me back after they dropped me from hold. A total nightmare just trying to buy two admissions via the internet with the hope of skipping the lines for a one day admission.

  • 07-Jun-2017

    This tour was amazing!

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