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Located inside the California Academy of Sciences, this is an excellent aquarium. It compares well with the one at Monterey. This is a great place to learn about sealife. It has both salt- and fresh-water animals and plants.
And since my visit, they've added a bigger and better coral reef. While visiting Golden Gate Park, take a couple hours to see this.
We visited Golden Gate Park in the mid 60s with my mom and dad, and I took this picture outside the aquarium. It showes the Francis Scott Key Memorial also. I don't know whether we visited the aquarium or not. It is a part of the California Academy of Sciences complex which includes Morrison Planetarium. Admission to the Planetarium is separate from the Aquarium and Natural History Museum.
Open daily 10 am-5 pm (winter); 9 am-6 pm (Memorial Day to Labor Day). Admission prices (per person, to the Steinhart Aquarium and Natural History Museum): adults $8.50, youth, students w/ID (12-17) and seniors (65 and over) $5.50, children (4-11) $2, children 3 and under free. Admission is free for all on the first Wednesday of each month
Visitors who arrive by bus or bicycle will receive $2.50 off adult admission. Children under 12 years of age using alternative forms of transportation will be admitted free of charge. Public transit users only need to show their transfer or their Fast Pass at the Admissions cashier to receive the discount. Bicyclists may bring their bikes to the front door security guard for free, indoor bike parking. They will receive a claim check that they can show to the admissions cashier to receive the discount.
The Aquarium features a fish roundabout - a room surrounded by a 100,000 tank with open ocean fishes. Sharks are fed daily every 2 hours 10:30 to 4:30.
About Steinhart Aquarium from their website:
"Steinhart Aquarium is an aquatic world of 165 individual tanks exhibiting the interactions of more than 6,000 representatives of diverse underwater environments. Visitors come face to face with nearly 600 species of fishes, large invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians and even black-footed penguins" The penguins are fed at 11:30 and 4.
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Steinhart Aquarium, California Academy of Sciences
The Steinhart Aquarium was our favorite part of the California Academy of Sciences. Truthfully, we didn't do much else while we were there.
Our visit was in the early afternoon. The lines to "Rainforests of the World" stretched halfway aROUND the world. We could see it just as well through the outside of the sphere.
After an hour or so touring the aquarium we were bushed. I pointed up through the glass and asked Brenda, "There's the 'Living Roof.' Can you see it?" When she said she could, I said, "Good. That means we don't have to climb up there, right?" She readily agreed. We drove out to the Muir Woods instead.
Our favorite things at the Steinhart were the moss-backed frogs, a tank of the most active jellyfish we've EVER seen, sea dragons (always wondrous and whimsical,) and - Brenda's very favorite - the decorator crabs that camouflage themselves with bits and pieces of plants, etc., around them. There's lots more to see there.
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