S.F. Bay Area
San Francisco, California
San Francisco Attractions
California Academy of Sciences
— Amazon-Flooded Forest
— Tunnel of Fish
— Coral Reef / Coral Reef Dives
— Water Planet / Jellyfish & More
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
Philippine Coral Reef
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.
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 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.
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.
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Host a VIP Reception, Corporate Event or Private Party at the California Academy
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Admission includes access to all Museum and Aquarium Exhibits, the Rainforest,
the Living Roof, Planetarium Shows and daily regularly scheduled events.
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.
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.
Compared to other similar water tunnels we've visited
over the years, this one is much wider and brighter — and there
are waaaay more
There's also bench seating on each side of the
tunnel where visitors can sit and relax while watching the fish
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.
Four exhibit islands showcase habitats with snakes, turtles, seahorses, frogs
and fish of all shapes and sizes. Multi-media displays are also featured
Get up close and
touch sea stars and hermit crabs
— educational and fun for kids (photo below).
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