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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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Aquarioum of the Bay, Pier 39
Very different aquarium. The visitor walks along a path surrounde 180 degrees by the aquarium. The only way I think it could be cooler is if the footpath were clear and also part of the aquarium, an actual transparent tunnel through the aquarium waters.
Watch out though...they really want your money and devise all kinds of tactics for separating you from it, including steering you through their gift shop to enter AND exit the aquarium. So don't be a fool and be soon parted from your money!
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