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One of the United States' premier science and natural history museums, the California Academy of Sciences holds a fascinating collection of 38,000 natural wonders. With its Morrison Planetarium, Steinhart Aquarium, four-story rain forest dome, and open-air, green "living roof," the academy is a highlight for many visitors to San Francisco.

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Daily 9:30am–5pm (Sunday from 11am)
55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, 94118
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California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket

California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket

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Enjoy easy access to the California Academy of Sciences with this pre-paid skip-the-line ticket. Walk right in to enjoy the museum's 4-story rain forest, planetarium, and aquarium. Avoid wasting your precious vacation waiting in the long lines to purchase tickets for this exhibit-packed museum. Your admission includes all shows and exhibits, and is a perfect activity for families. IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE: All guests ages 12+ proof of full vaccination required; booster shots strongly encouraged but not required. For ages 5-11, full vaccination strongly encouraged but not required. While some local mask mandates have recently changed. The Academy will continue to require all guests ages 2+ to wear a well-fitted mask indoors at all times, regardless of vaccination status, except while eating and drinking in the Café. Negative COVID-19 tests are no longer accepted as an alternative to proof of full vaccination.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.75
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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour

Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour

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Ride a double-decker sightseeing bus to San Francisco's most famous landmarks with a choice of 2 different passes. Explore the city's 49 square miles, including stops at big-name attractions like Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts and Union Square. Go at your own pace, hopping off at any of 16 stops, exploring at your leisure, and then hopping back on when you're done. Choose the Premium pass to include a night tour or a Deluxe pass for an additional 24 hours of hop-on-hop-off and a night tour.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.10
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San Francisco CityPASS

San Francisco CityPASS

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Save time and money with the San Francisco CityPASS, which gives you admission to top area attractions, a cruise on San Francisco Bay, and discounts for shopping and activities. You can choose to visit science and art museums like the Exploratorium or the Walt Disney Family Museum. You’ll have important details like hours of operation right in your pocket with the provided mobile ticket.
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  • 9 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.00
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California Academy of Sciences NightLife Admission Ticket

California Academy of Sciences NightLife Admission Ticket

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Pair science with San Francisco nightlife and you have NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences. This is the perfect, child-free way to explore the museum after hours. Make your way inside and enjoy a lively venue of music, provocative science, and exhibits.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.00
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California Academy of Sciences Behind-the-Scenes VIP Tour

California Academy of Sciences Behind-the-Scenes VIP Tour

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Enhance your visit to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco on this special behind-the-scenes tour to learn about the facility's animal life or its research focus. Plus, your tour grants you general admission, so you can also explore the attraction’s 4-story rain forest and planetarium at your own pace. Express entry to the Rain Forest exhibit and a reserved ticket to a show at Morrison Planetarium are also included.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket

Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket

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Gain admission to the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco, located at Pier 39 between Fisherman’s Wharf and the Alcatraz ferry landing. A general admission ticket provides direct access to all of the aquarium’s main exhibit areas, which house more than 20,000 sea creatures. Learn what is typically found in San Francisco Bay and the nearby Pacific, including sharks, river otters, and even octopuses. The aquarium features interactive exhibits, as well as walk-through glass tunnels where schools of anchovies and fluorescent jellyfish swim overhead and around you.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.75
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Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise
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Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

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Explore one of California's most iconic settings from the beauty of San Francisco Bay. This narrated Golden Gate Bay cruise journeys alongside Alcatraz and Angel Island State Park, past the shores of Sausalito and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. You can choose to view the sights from inside your boat or out on deck.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.00
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Exploratorium General Admission Ticket

Exploratorium General Admission Ticket

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Engage your senses and delve into a world of discovery at San Francisco’s Exploratorium. With a fantastic location on Pier 15 overlooking San Francisco Bay, the museum offers hundreds of interactive exhibits for the whole family. Explore the amazing realms of physics, anatomy, human perception, and Earth’s ecosystems through inquiry-based displays that delight and inform visitors of all ages.
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  • 2 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.95
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de Young Museum General Admission Ticket

de Young Museum General Admission Ticket

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Enjoy general admission to San Francisco’s de Young Museum, home to one of the city’s most prominent art collections. Seated in Golden Gate Park, you have the chance to explore the rare artifacts of the permanent collections, as well as sculptures and paintings. Upgrade your ticket to include entrance to the Special Exhibits. Be sure to stop at the Hamon Observation Tower before heading out, and enjoy spectacular views of the famed Twin Peaks and the San Francisco skyline. With this ticket, you can also enter the Legion of Honor Museum at no extra cost.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.00
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$15.00

Muir Woods & Sausalito Half-Day Tour (Return by Bus or Ferry from Sausalito)
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Muir Woods & Sausalito Half-Day Tour (Return by Bus or Ferry from Sausalito)

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Wander through an ancient coastal redwood forest and explore the artistic bayside enclave of Sausalito on this half-day tour from San Francisco. Travel across the Golden Gate Bridge to visit Muir Woods, home to some of the oldest and tallest trees on Earth. Then, soak up stellar views of the San Francisco skyline and browse art galleries along the Sausalito waterfront. At the end of your tour choose between getting dropped off at either of the two departure points or taking the Sausalito ferry back to San Francisco (Pier 41).
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip
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Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip

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Experience some of the Bay Area’s top attractions on this Alcatraz and Muir Woods tour that also includes a stop in Sausalito. At Muir Woods National Monument, stare in wonder at the coastal redwoods, some of the tallest trees on Earth. Soak up the charm of seaside Sausalito, and experience Alcatraz in one of two ways—admission to the prison, which includes the ferry ride to Alcatraz Island and the audio tour.
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  • 7 hours
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Golden Gate Park Segway Tour - Easy to learn then 2.5 hours of gliding fun

Golden Gate Park Segway Tour - Easy to learn then 2.5 hours of gliding fun

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Explore San Francisco’s beautiful Golden Gate Park on this 2.5-hour Segway tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll pass top attractions like the Japanese Tea Gardens, the de Young Museum and the California Academy of Sciences. All equipment is included, as well as a safety training. Cover even more ground on a Segway as you soak up Golden Gate Park's rich history and hidden gems from your guide.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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$79.00

Go City: San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions

Go City: San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions

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Tour San Francisco with Go City and enjoy admission at more than 25 popular San Francisco attractions and activities - all on one digital pass. Choose an All-Inclusive Pass valid for 1-,2-, 3- or 5-days and visit as many attractions as you like, all while saving as much money as possible on your vacation. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two years from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for the remaining number of days purchased.
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  • 1 to 5 days
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Go City: San Francisco Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 Attractions

Go City: San Francisco Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 Attractions

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With Go City's San Francisco Explorer Pass you’ll save money on two, three, four or five San Francisco attractions, compared to buying individual attraction tickets. Select your favorite activities among a list of over 25 including sightseeing cruises, tours, museum admissions, and visit them over a 60-day period. Use the included digital guide to help you independently explore the Bay Area at your own pace. No voucher redemption is required; simply save on your mobile phone and enjoy direct entry to attractions. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two years from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 60 days
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1 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

1 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Make your own travel itinerary for the day while in San Francisco with this full-day hop-on hop-off bus pass. Ride a double-decker bus throughout the city, and hop off and back on at any of the stops along the route. Make stops at Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Park, Union Square, Chinatown, and more.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.99
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Private Segway Tour through Golden Gate Park - 3 hours with your own guide

Private Segway Tour through Golden Gate Park - 3 hours with your own guide

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See beautiful San Francisco by Segway on this 3-hour private tour. Enjoy routes that travel through Golden Gate Park and more. A local guide will lead the way, providing fun and insightful commentary as you discover San Francisco on two wheels.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$159.00
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Golden Gate Park All Day Bike Rental

Golden Gate Park All Day Bike Rental

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Explore Golden Gate Park on your own with a self-guided bike tour from a convenient location in the nearby Haight-Ashbury district. With suggestions from the provided map, you can make your way to highlights such as the California Academy of Sciences, DeYoung Museum, Japanese Tea Garden and Legion of Honor. Stop at Stow Lake where paddleboats can be rented, or ride all the way through the park to the Great Highway and Pacific Ocean. Your bike rental includes lock, helmet and map.
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.00
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Haight-Ashbury and SF Park Scavenger Hunt in San Francisco

Haight-Ashbury and SF Park Scavenger Hunt in San Francisco

Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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  • 2 hours
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Golden Gate Park Bike Tour
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Golden Gate Park Bike Tour

Golden Gate Park is hands-down one of the best places to ride in San Francisco with so many places to see, from museums and to gardens to a herd of lazy buffalo. This guided tour takes about 2 hours, including various stops near essential attractions while our guides provide in-depth narration of the park and stop for photo opportunities at famous sights and hidden gems throughout the tour.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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San Francisco to Muir Woods Shuttle
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San Francisco to Muir Woods Shuttle

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Get oriented with San Francisco on a 1.5-hour electric bike tour that includes all-day rental of the bike after the tour. Starting in North Beach, a popular neighborhood known for its sidewalk eateries and nightlife, you'll follow a guide to some of the city's top sights, enjoying a variety of photo ops across eight different locations. Admire the Golden Gate Bridge, and learn about places to eat and visit later on your own. With an electric motor, the bike provides an easier ride in hilly San Francisco.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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What people are saying about California-Academy-of-Sciences tours and tickets

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California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
"Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Would use them again. Very organized and efficient. And also I would recommend them to others."..."
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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour
"Loved the commentary, varied locations, golden Gate vista point was stunning and the seals at Pier 39 as well as the claim chowder at Boudin's. Don't forget to visit the Ghiradelli chocolate factory too."..."
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San Francisco CityPASS
"I’m so happy with our decision to get the City Pass! It’s easy to use and helped us choice our itinerary. Viator has so many options for tours. It’s a one stop shop! I’ll be recommending it to family and friends."..."
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California Academy of Sciences NightLife Admission Ticket
"This was a fun experience. They offered some fun presentations and great drinks at the bars. It was nice to be surrounded by fellow “adults” for more “adult” time to explore the museum. They also played fun music in the background. Buy planetarium tickets early because they sell out quickly."..."
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California Academy of Sciences Behind-the-Scenes VIP Tour
"This is absolutely the way to go. Not only do you get a behind the scenes tour, but you also get to skip the line for several attractions inside as well as skipping the line to enter the facility. This is the only way to do the California Academy of Sciences!"..."
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Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
"The look and smile on my sons face!! Favorite part is the tunnel’s. Wish there was really a whale to see lol"..."
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Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise
"It was windy and cool but there is an inside area to sit so we could still enjoy the cruise. Learned about the area"..."
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Exploratorium General Admission Ticket
"My daughter had never been to the Exploratorium. My son had so much fun showing her his favorite things. They had fun experiencing the new exhibits."..."
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de Young Museum General Admission Ticket
"We had a fantastic time. The price is good the artifacts amazing and it felt great being amongst people."..."
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Muir Woods & Sausalito Half-Day Tour (Return by Bus or Ferry from Sausalito)
"Play close attention when driver is giving directions thru Muir Woods and where the bathroom is located in Sausalito."..."
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Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip
"Meir woods was great, the trip was just the right amount. the driver was very good on history and going ons in the city."..."
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Golden Gate Park Segway Tour - Easy to learn then 2.5 hours of gliding fun
"Johannes was great and it was the perfect way to see the park for the first time. Will book again to explore the west side."..."
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Go City: San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions
"The bus tour was great we will be back. The ease of the city pass made traveling so nice. Its an awesome deal"..."
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Go City: San Francisco Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 Attractions
"First time to use this pass and it was so easy to use.. there is a wide variety of attractions to choose from"..."
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1 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
"Very enjoyable! Lots of fun & interesting architectural, historical & just fun facts. Stops at all the locations that you’ll want!"..."
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Private Segway Tour through Golden Gate Park - 3 hours with your own guide
"We took the tour with KELLY. So well educated! He kowns a lot, really! And the pace he set was perfect THANK YOU !!"..."
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Golden Gate Park All Day Bike Rental
"This was a great way to see Golden Gate Park. We rode from the bike shop, all through the Park to the water, up the hill to Sutro Baths and back. Even my youngest children, ages 9 and 11, did great and could handle the whole ride. So fun!!"..."
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San Francisco to Muir Woods Shuttle
"This tour was a great way for us to see San Francisco without having to rent a car. The E-bikes were so perfect so that we could enjoy a long full day bike tour without being exhausted and sweaty. We took the bikes on our own time across the bridge to saulsito and our tour guide helped direxr us."..."
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What are California Academy of Sciences hours of operation?
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California Academy of Sciences hours of operation: Daily 9:30am–5pm (Sunday from 11am). Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book California Academy of Sciences tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since California Academy of Sciences can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit California Academy of Sciences 2022?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to California Academy of Sciences costs USD 23.00. Guided California Academy of Sciences tours start around USD 23.00 per person.