Tuesday, December 14, 2010
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco: Opened 2008. Aquarium, planetarium, rain forest, undulating green roofscape — this building in Golden Gate Park has them all. Adult admission, $29.95. As a bonus for lovers of art and panoramic views, there's the De Young Museum (opened 2005) across the road. Yes, it looks like a rusting hunk of scrap metal, but head for the free observation tower and you won't be disappointed. Info: (415) 379-8000; http://www.calacademy.org; http://deyoung.famsf.org.