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Aquarium
— Amazon-Flooded Forest
— Tunnel of Fish
— Coral Reef / Coral Reef Dives
— Water Planet / Jellyfish & More

Coral Reef at Aquarium at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Steinhart Aquarium
Steinhart Aquarium is located below ground level — one level down from the Academy's main floor.

The area has an underwater Amazon-flooded Forest, Coral Reef, Tunnel of Fish, Tidepool, thousands of exotic fish, small sharks, a giant octopus, jellyfish, snakes, turtles, electric eels, frogs... and more!

Jellyfish at Aquarium at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Electric Eel at Aquarium at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California



Huge Coral Tank at Aquarium at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Philippine Coral Reef
— World's Deepest Living
Coral Display

The Academy's spectacular 25-ft deep Aquarium houses the world's deepest (and the nation's biggest) interior Coral Reef ecosystem — and over 3,000 exotic fish, including sharks, rays and sea turtles.

Philippine Coral Reef - The Academy of Science in Golden Gate Park

Located on the lower level, this giant curved Coral Reef tank draws quite a crowd — it's similar to the giant tanks at Monterey Bay Aquarium. Bench seats are located along one side, so visitors can relax and savor the views.

Coral Reef at Aquarium at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Coral Reef Dives
Daily at 11am & 2pm

Watch as a diver in scuba gear plunges into the coral reef exhibit to feed the fish and anemones. Reef-related questions are encouraged. 

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Walkway over Coral Reef at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Walkway Over Coral Reef
A walkway on Level 1, overlooking the tropical Coral Reef (filled with stingrays, including a beautiful leopard-spotted one, pictured below) meanders its way around the outer area of the Planetarium — it's reminiscent of the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.

Spotted Stingray in Coral Reef - Aquarium at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California



Host Special Events
415-379-5497

Host a VIP Reception, Corporate Event or Private Party at the California Academy of Sciences — a unique venue sure to make any event a memorable one.

Sign at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California


General Admission
Admission includes access to all Museum and Aquarium Exhibits, the Rainforest, the Living Roof, Planetarium Shows and daily regularly scheduled events.


 

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Underwater Amazon Forest
— Amazon Aquarium
A glass elevator (at the top of the Rainforest's spiraling pathway, in the Costa Rica gallery) descends to a floor beneath the three-story Rainforest where you'll find an underwater Amazon Forest, filled with anacondas, giant catfish, piranhas, electric eels... and more.

Underwater Amazon Forest - Tunnel of Fish at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Tunnel of Fish
Walk under the 25-ft long acrylic tunnel and gaze up through the 100,000-gallon Amazonian tank to watch fish swim overhead and see an incredible view of the Amazon-flooded Forest, its creatures — and the Rainforest high above.

Shark swimming overhead at Amazon Flooded Forest, Aquarium at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Compared to other similar water tunnels we've visited over the years, this one is much wider and brighter — and there are waaaay more fish.

Tunnel of Fish at Aquarium at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

There's also bench seating on each side of the tunnel where visitors can sit and relax while watching the fish swim overhead.

Sitting under huge Tunnel of Fish at Aquarium at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

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Stingrays
Check out the tank filled with freshwater Stingrays — located on the other side of the tunnel, as you leave the Amazon-flooded Forest and enter the Aquarium.

Spotted Stingrays in Aquarium at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California


The Academy of Science in Golden Gate Park - Water Planet Room

Water Planet
Four exhibit islands showcase habitats with snakes, turtles, seahorses, frogs and fish of all shapes and sizes. Multi-media displays are also featured here.

Jellyfish at Aquarium at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Huge snakes at Aquarium at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California


Aquarium Tidepool
Get up close and touch sea stars and hermit crabs — educational and fun for kids (photo below).

Aquarium Tidepool - Aquarium at California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California


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