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San Francisco: California Academy of Sciences Entry Ticket

1. San Francisco: California Academy of Sciences Entry Ticket

Visit the world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The superb complex incorporates all 4 attractions under one living roof, with exhibits and shows that explain the universe! Don’t miss the African penguins – and 38,000 other live animals – at the California Academy of Sciences in the heart of Golden Gate Park, a must-see attraction in San Francisco. Rocket through the galaxy at the speed of light or journey deep into the oceans of the world as the Academy boldly brings life to life. Come face-to-face with snakes and piranhas, meet Claude the American alligator with albinism, and hang out with Pierre, Howard, Ocio, and the rest of the South African penguin colony. Stroll through the rainforest dome with its free-flying birds and butterflies and become immersed in the rainforests of Borneo, Madagascar, Costa Rica, and the flooded Amazon. Discover Borneo bats, chameleons, poison dart frogs, leaf cutter ants, gliders, snakes, and so much more. Catch the latest amazing digital planetarium show, taking you on a spectacular journey to the far reaches of the universe, held 7-10 times a day. Designed by award-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum housed under a living roof will inspire lifelong curiosity for the natural world as you experience the depths of a Philippine coral reef, climb into the canopy of a Costa Rican rainforest, and fly to the outer reaches of the universe. New Exhibit: Sharks, open through to January 23, 2022. Don't miss this traveling exhibition created by Grande Experiences. Learn about one of the most awe-inspiring and misunderstood creatures on the planet and the critical role sharks play in ocean ecosystems around the globe.

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

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

The San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass is an all-access attraction pass that offers the ultimate in convenience, cost savings, and flexibility for visitors to the Bay Area. Customers choose 1, 2, 3, 5, or 7-day passes at a low, pre-paid price. Use the pass to gain access to any and all of the 28 included attractions, saving up to 60% compared to full retail admissions. The California Academy of Sciences, Aquarium of the Bay, Exploratorium, Bay cruises, Six Flags, bike rental and tours, and much more are all included! See below for the complete list. There’s no need to decide in advance what you want to see. The free digital guide helps you decide what to do, where to go, and how to get there. With the San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass, you’ll spend your time in the Bay Area collecting memories instead of credit card receipts. Included Attractions and Activities: • Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off San Francisco: 1-day classic tour • California Academy of Sciences • Madame Tussauds San Francisco • Legoland Discovery Center • Aquarium of the Bay • Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour • Escape from the Rock - Cruise around Alcatraz • Exploratorium • One All-Day Comfort Bike Rental by Blazing Saddles • San Francisco Zoo and Gardens • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) • Oracle Park Tour • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom • USS Pampanito • de Young Museum and Legion of Honor • The Walt Disney Family Museum • K1 Speed Indoor Karting • GoCar San Francisco Tour (30-minute rental) • Angel Island Roundtrip Ferry • Asian Art Museum • U.S.S. HORNET Museum • The Contemporary Jewish Museum • California Historical Society • Urban Hike Tour • The Beat Museum • Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour ends in Sausalito

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San Francisco: Exploratorium After Dark Entry Ticket (18+)

3. San Francisco: Exploratorium After Dark Entry Ticket (18+)

Lose yourself in hundreds of interactive exhibits exploring perception, art, and science at After Dark at the Exploratorium. Enjoy everything from a fog bridge to a large-scale kaleidoscope, dazzling light displays, mind-bending mirrors, and more. Grab your friends and a drink and get immersed in the evening's adults-only programming, featuring unique guest speakers, great music, cutting-edge films, and one-of-a-kind activities.

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San Francisco CityPASS®: Save 44% at 4 Top Attractions

4. San Francisco CityPASS®: Save 44% at 4 Top Attractions

With so much to see and do in San Francisco, it is often difficult to know where to begin with your sightseeing schedule. Do not worry, because San Francisco CityPASS has collected the top attractions and priced them at 44% less than the same tickets purchased separately. San Francisco CityPASS provides admission into: 1. California Academy of Sciences - Climb into the canopy of a butterfly-filled four-story rainforest. Come face-to-face with a colony of penguins. Explore the outer limits of the universe in a 75-foot planetarium. Decompress in front of the deepest indoor coral reef on Earth. At the Academy, you’ll get to experience nearly 40,000 of the world’s most beautiful, unusual creatures—from the heart of Golden Gate Park. 2. Blue & Gold Fleet San Francisco Bay Cruise - Complete your visit to San Francisco with Blue & Gold Fleet’s one-hour Bay Cruise Adventure. Sail underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz, and past Angel Island on this fully-narrated tour offering breathtaking views. 3. The Aquarium of the Bay OR The Walt Disney Family Museum Aquarium of the Bay - Meet local inhabitants of the San Francisco Bay and surrounding watersheds at Aquarium of the Bay, located at PIER 39 next to Fisherman’s Wharf. Experience the closest thing to being underwater when you walk through glass tunnels, with close-up views of local sharks, bat rays, Spiny Lumpsuckers and Garibaldis. Don’t know what some of those are? Go find out!  The Walt Disney Family Museum - Visit the Walt Disney Family Museum in the scenic San Francisco Presidio. Find animation, innovation and inspiration through interactive galleries featuring films, music, artifacts, and a spectacular model of Disneyland. Explore Walt’s remarkable life story, told through his own voice, family photographs, and personal collections. 4. The Exploratorium OR San Francisco Zoo & Gardens Exploratorium - Embrace the wild wonder at the intersection of science and art at the Exploratorium, the most experimental museum in the world. Tinker and play with more than 650 interactive exhibits and immerse yourself in San Francisco’s independent, innovative culture. San Francisco Zoo & Gardens - San Francisco Zoo & Gardens is home to more than 2000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals on 100 acres of majestic and peaceful gardens nestled against the Pacific Ocean. In addition to many animals, the Zoo offers entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, including the historic steam train and carousel and uniquely themed play zone area that will ignite the imagination of children of all ages.

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What people are saying about San Francisco

My husband and I took my 10 year old daughter and we all really enjoyed our visit. Staff really friendly and informative. Covid checks in place and place clean. Planetarium amazing as was the rainforest. Food court had good coffee and snacks, usual pizza/fast food style but also soups and salads. Would definitely recommend and go again.

I’m handicapped and the big bus was wonderful to hop off take pictures hop back on. We missed the last bus , but was willing to take us close enough to our car in China town. Wonderful memories

We got to enjoy several of the events and venues on the pass. The adults and the kids all enjoyed the vacation. It was an excellent savings and purchase.

Had a great time the place is way different than when I went there as a kid.

Very good option when you plan on visiting different places