Cal Academy of Sciences Ticket Deals, Coupon Code, Skip The Line, Peak Day Discount.
California Academy of Sciences, in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, has so much to offer we want to go again and again. Maybe that’s why Conde’ Nast Traveler named it one of the “New Wonders of the World.” The 2014 Cal Academy ticket discounts listed below include admission to everything at the museum, and that means all the amazing special exhibits, too.
Here’s what you’ll find on this page. Click the links to skip down the sections:
- Coupon Code $6 Off (daytime tickets)
- Skip The Line Offer (daytime tickets)
- Combo Passes that include Cal Academy
- Nightlife Skip The Line & Birthday Comp
- Cal Academy Free Days (Local & Visitor)
- Cal Academy AAA Discounts & Transit $3 Off
- Savvy Tips for enjoying your visit.
- Upcoming special exhibits free with admission.
You can get the best deal on tickets from a few different ticket sources with better prices and perks than when you get them at the door. Cal Academy works with these sources to draw in visitors to the area, but locals can use them two. The best price right now is the California Academy of Sciences coupon code that saves you $6 per ticket (daytime). Another deal lets you skip-the-line. Just follow the links (below) straight to the source of these special offers. Plus, locals have special free days available. Not a local? The Academy of Sciences offers quarterly free days for everyone.
Cal Academy is home to an aquarium, natural history museum, planetarium, and world-class research and education programs, all under one living roof. Exhibits include a four-story living rainforest, live coral reef, state-of-the-art space show, interactive activities and programs for all ages, exhibits on climate change and evolution, thousands of live animals, and more.
DISCOUNT TICKETS for California Academy of Sciences
DEAL 1: California Academy of Sciences Coupon Code for $6 Off – Use Coupon Code sfas10savvy with this ticket source you save an extra $1 at checkout. Code works for discounts on Senior/Student/Youth/Child tickets too. Note: You’ll see the box for the promo code towards the end of the checkout process.
DEAL 2: California Academy of Sciences Skip-The-Line Tickets — $29.95 including fees. Senior/Student/Youth/Child ticket tickets also available for less. No coupon code needed. Skipping the long line outside during busy days. And if you change your plans, you can just use these tickets later. (When you get tickets elsewhere you have to choose the date of your visit when you order.)
SAVVY TIP: California Academy of Sciences, in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, bumps up admission fees during peak visiting days (summer months and holidays). But our two deal sources (above) help you save the most on ticket during premium days because their prices stay the same, even during peak days.
- San Francisco CityPASS: A discount card that provides free admission to six Bay Area attraction including the California Academy of Sciences. Saves you $57 overall.
- Go Select San Francisco: Save 15% on Cal Academy of Sciences tickets when you bundle with one or more other SF Attraction (like SFMOMA or Aquarium Of The Bay). You have 30 days from the time you use the first ticket to use the second. Card comes with free 365 day cancellation insurance.
- Go San Francisco Card: This discount card provides free admission to 55+ Bay Area attractions including Cal Academy. Best when you’re coming in from out of town.
- AAA Discount – If you’re a AAA sometimes offers a discount. Check with your CA AAA representative.
- Public Transportation Deal — Get $3 off anytime when you take public transportation or ride a bicycle to the museum. Simply show your public transportation ticket or bicycle.
NIGHTLIFE at California Academy of Sciences
Even if you missed the recent $2 off Nightlife deal, you can still get skip-the-line tickets and go hang with the animals and the party animals without waiting in the horrendous line with the rest of the crowd. Nightlife admission is only $12 (less than have the price of daytime tickets). You can get tickets for this price at the door. Better yet, you get them online here via our link and skip the long line out front.
DEAL: Skip-The-Line Nightlife Tickets — Cal Academy also holds adults-only evening mixers. Every Thursday is a different theme party with DJs and drinks. Download your voucher, then look for the sign out front for speedy entry.
BIRTHDAY DEAL: Nightlife is free within 7 days of your birthday. The birthday offer is good for a single, non-transferable entrance to NightLife. You’ll have to get this one at the door (and that means waiting in line, so bring good friends). Bring a Valid ID with your birth date on it to the ticket window to receive one complimentary ticket.
WHEN: Nightlife is every Thursday night 6pm – 10pm.
FREE DAYS at California Academy of Sciences
Note: California Academy of Sciences changed its free day policy to target more working families, who found it difficult to make the previous Wednesday free days. Cal Academy now offers quarterly Free Sundays. Details below, along with the new dates for free Neighborhood Days by San Francisco zip code.
QUARTERLY FREE DAYS (for everyone): Here are the quarterly California Academy of Sciences free days coming up. Anyone can go, but it fills up fast so get there early (they open at 9:30am).
- Upcoming Free Quarterly Sundays – June 1, 2014.
SAN FRANCISCO LOCAL FREE DAYS: Here are the upcoming local free days by San Francisco zip code: Each visiting adult is limited to six children for free entry. You’ll need to show proof of residency.
|NEIGHBORHOOD||ZIP CODE AREA||FALL 2013 FREE DAYS||SPRING 2014 FREE DAYS|
|Mission, Bernal Heights, Noe Valley, Castro, Cole Valley, Haight, Glen Park, St. Francis Wood, Lake Merced||94110, 94114, 94117, 94127, 94131, 94132||October 4, 5, 6||February 28, March 1 and 2|
|Parkside, Sunset||94116, 94122||October 11, 12, 13||March 7, 8, 9|
|Richmond, Seacliff, Presidio, Western Addition, Chinatown, Russian Hill, Nob Hill, Telegraph Hill, North Beach, Marina||94108, 94109, 94115, 94118, 94121, 94123, 94126, 94129, 94133||October 18, 19, 20||March 14, 15, 16|
|Hayes Valley, Tenderloin, Downtown, SoMa, Treasure Island, Mission Bay, Potrero Hill, Bayview-Hunters Point, Ingelside-Excelsior, Visitacion Valley||94102, 94103, 94104, 94105, 94107, 94111, 94112, 94124, 94130, 94134, 94158||November 1, 2, 3||March 21, 22, 23|
To make your visit easier and even more fun …
- When to go: Open daily in 2014 except for certain holidays. REGULAR HOURS: Daily 9:30am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm. Closed on Christmas Day. Nightlife is on Thursday nights from 6pm – 10pm.
- Getting there: California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park is located at the following address: 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. [Location & Map]
- Where to park: Parking is easy in the parking garage next to the museum, but is far from cheap. You can usually find free parking on the side streets near and behind the museum.
- The Planetarium: Book your time as soon as you walk in the door! You’ll be sorry if you don’t. It’s free with your tickets, but you need to reserve your spot, first come first served.
- How long to stay: Most people spend about four hours in the museum. You can take a lunch break on site in the museum’s restaurant or snack area.
- Download the free App: Just before you go, download the free Cal Academy app. Called the Cal Academy Insider, this free iPhone app helps you navigate the museum, provides supplemental exhibit info, suggests self-guided tours, and makes sharing easy (via email, Twitter, Facebook).
- Did you know: A little trivia to share with your friends and family — California Academy of Sciences has been called the ‘Greenest’ Museum in the World and is Platinum LEED certified.
SPECIAL EXHIBITS at Cal Academy
All the many exhibits and activities at California Academy of Sciences are free with your admission, including permanent exhibits and the following upcoming special exhibits.
Brilliant!Science: Incredible Ocean (March 20-30, 2014)
Dive into a celebration of some of the least-explored habitats on our planet that includes lectures, social events, and family-friendly activities during this 10-day festival celebrating the diverse ocean ecosystems around the world and in our backyard. See below for event details and ticketing information.
Skulls (May 16, 2014)
In this new exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences, explore the science of skulls—from teeth and jaws that allow animals to hunt and consume food, to eye sockets that support advanced vision to escape predators. Walk along a wallscape of sea lion skulls, watch a live colony of dermestid beetles demonstrate just why they’re known as “bone cleaners,” and discover how scientists use the Academy’s collection of skulls to uncover evolutionary clues about our natural world.