MUSEUMS and ZOOS in San Francisco, California
We've compiled a listing of children's museums, zoos, planetariums and other attractions of interest in twenty major cities across the country. Also included are the quirky and unusual, like the La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles, the Dog Museum in St. Louis, and the Nashville Toy Museum! Be sure and call to confirm hours and exhibits before you go--these things change frequently, particularly at smaller museums. And go in the morning to avoid the crowds. But most of all, enjoy an enlightening experience with your kids! Here's the rundown for San Francisco:
Admission fees are coded as follows:
Credit cards listed are: MC (Mastercard), VI (VISA), AE (American Express), DI (Diners Club), DS (Discover), CB (Carte Blanch)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA
California Academy of Sciences, in Golden Gate Park, includes the Morrison Planetarium, the Natural History Museum and the Steinhart Aquarium. Daily 10-5; extended hours in summer. Admission $$; Free to all first Wednesday of the month. Admission includes the museum and aquarium; planetarium extra. Phone (415) 750-7145.
Morrison Planetarium, shows daily on the hour noon-4, mid June through Labor Day; daily at 2, rest of year. Additional shows are given Saturday-Sunday , holidays and Easter and Christmas vacations; closed during program changeovers, Thanksgiving and Dec. 24-25. Admission $. Special Laserium shows are presented Thus-Sunday evenings; phone for times and program titles. Laserium admission $$ Planetarium phone (415) 750-7141. Laserium phone (415) 750-7138.
Cartoon Art Museum, 665 3rd Street Suite 505, Allow 30 minutes minimum. Wednesday-Friday 11-5, Saturday 10-5, sun. noo-5; Closed holidays. Admission $, phone (415) 546-9481.
The Guinness Museum of World Records, 235 Jefferson Street, Sunday-Thursday. 11-10 (also Thursday, 10-11pm, July 4-Labor Day), Friday-Saturday 10am-midnight. Admission $$. AE, MC, VI. Phone (415) 771-9890.
San Francisco Experience, along Fisherman's Wharf, shows every 30 min. Daily 10-9:30. Admission $$, Phone (415) 983-7394.
San Francisco Zoo, in the SW corner of the city on Sloat Boulevard, entrance near 45th Ave. Open daily 10-5. Admission $$, Free to all first Wednesday of the month, Phone (415) 753-7083.
Children's Zoo, Daily 10:30-4:30, in summer; Mon-Friday 11-4, Saturday-Sunday 10:30-4:30, rest of year. Admission $
Exploratorium, entered at Bay and Lyon Streets or Marina Boulevard, (eastbound) and Lyon Street, Allow 2 hours minimum. Daily 10-5, Memorial Day-Labor Day; Tuesday-Sunday 10-5 (also Wednesday 5-9:30), rest of year. Admission $$, free to all first Wednesday of the month. Phone (415) 561-0360.
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