S.F. Bay Area
San Francisco, California
San Francisco Attractions
California Academy of Sciences
— Open-Air Observation Terrace
The Living Roof
Take the elevator to the Academy's Roof level
to see the unique 2.5-acre "green" Living
Roof. Seven domes resembling small hills sit atop the facility — two larger
domes dominate the area (one houses a Rainforest, the
other a Planetarium).
The rooftop provides a habitat for a wide variety of
wildlife, including birds and butterflies — and serves as an
exhibit on environmental sustainability and biodiversity.
Skylights that open and close throughout
the day allow sunlight to stream through to the Rainforest and exhibits
below — it's quite a sight.
Admission includes access to all Museum and Aquarium Exhibits, the Rainforest,
the Living Roof, Planetarium Shows and daily regularly scheduled events.
During a recent "Nightlife" event,
following the Planetarium Show after dark, we went up to the Living Roof to stargaze through giant telescopes
set up to see Venus.
It was incredible!
Note: Telescopes, stargazing and other activities vary week-to-week during "Nightlife" events.
Depending on the weather, solar telescopes may be available during the
day on the Living Roof for sky-gazing. Contact the California Academy
of Sciences for more information.
The Living Roof (see
aerial photo above) features almost two million native California
plant species, including perennial plants and colorful native wildflowers.
Terrace — Living
Get an up-close look at the roof’s
lush canopy of plants and beautiful native wildflowers. Depending
season, visitors will see beautiful California Poppies... and more.
a bird's eye view of Golden Gate Park, the Music Concourse (and
Bandshell) and the M.H. de Young Museum atop the Living Roof's "open-air" Observation
Terrace — great for picture-taking!
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