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SF: California Academy of Sciences & Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Add value to your 48-hour Hop On Hop Off Pass by including an entrance to the California Academy of Sciences, the only place on the planet with an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, and a 4-story rainforest all under one living roof!


  • Visit the California Academy of Science
  • View Iconic Fisherman's Wharf
  • Experience the culture of Chinatown
  • See the fabluous shops at Union Square
  • Take pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge


Welcome to the Academy – the only place on the planet with an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, and a 4-story rainforest all under one roof. It’s a stunning architectural achievement with hundreds of unique exhibits and nearly 40,000 live animals. Open Top Sightseeing is San Francisco's premier hop on-hop off sightseeing tour bus drops you right at the museum door. This unique combo ticket gives you admission into the City's greenest museum and also provides you with 20 stops throughout San Francisco. The bus ticket is valid for two days and the museum is valid for one regular visit. Join Open Top Sightseeing for a fantastic tour of beautiful San Francisco. On our tour you will learn more about the different cultures living here, exciting architecture, beautiful nature, and of course the history from the early Spanish settlers to the Gold Rush and present day. Our tours are a great way for you to familiarize yourself with San Francisco or show visitors around without having to drive! Your ticket is valid for two days of unlimited stops and our buses stop every 20-30 minutes! Also included with every ticket is a 1-hour walking tour of Chinatown, in addition to a free one-hour bike rental. Our Stops include: Stop 1: Fisherman’s Wharf- Mason @ Jefferson Street Stop 2: Fisherman’s Wharf- Taylor @ Beach Street Stop 3: Washington Square – Columbus @ Union Street- southwest corner Stop 4: North Beach – Columbus @ Vallejo Stop 5: Financial District - Clay and Battery- northeast corner Stop 6: Union Square- across from Macys Hotel Stop: Hilton Towers – Mason Street entrance Stop 7: Civic Center- Asian Art Museum on Larkin Street Stop 8: Fulton Street- @ Inn at the Opera on Fulton @ Franklin Street Stop 9: Alamo Square - Hayes @ Steiner Street Stop 10: Haight & Ashbury- Stanyan and Haight Street- across from McDonalds Stop 11: Golden Gate Park- Music Concourse in front of Academy of Sciences *Sunday- stops on corner of Lincoln and 9th – northwest corner Stop 12: Golden Gate Bridge - South Vista Point Stop 13: Golden Gate Bridge - North Vista Point Stop 14: Palace of Fine Arts – Exploratorium - Richardson @ Lyon Street Stop 15: Lombard and Filmore Street – southwest corner Stop 16: Lombard and Gough Street- southeast corner Stop 17: Union Square – Post street @ Powell – In front of Westin St. Francis Stop 18: Gates to Chinatown – Grant @ Bush Street – In front of Triton Hotel Stop 19: Stuart Street – in front of Hotel Griffon Stop 20: Pier 39


48 hour Hop-On Hop-Off ticket Entrance to the California Academy of Sciences When you buy a 2-hour bike rental, get an extra hour free

Important Information

  • Bus runs 9am-5pm. It is guest responsibility to make sure they catch the last bus. Your Hop On Hop Off ticket is activated when you board at the first stop. Please note that the foreign language options apply only to the Hop On Hop Off portion of your tour. Recorded commentary is available in 10 languages.

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