If you are living in Northern California in the Bay Area and are curious about what sort of field trips local schools will be bringing their students on, the chances are pretty good that they will be heading to one of the following San Francisco Attractions. These are a few of some of the best places to go on school trips in San Francisco.
With a planetarium, a natural history museum, an aquarium and more, the 412,000-square-foot California Academy of Sciences might just be one of the most impressive museums in the country. In addition to those features, the California Academy of Sciences is also home to a two-and-a-half acre Living Roof, the deepest coral reef exhibit in the world, a four-story tropical rainforest, a spacious solar canopy and a colony of African penguins. Oh yeah, and it also has walls that are insulated with recycled blue jeans.
Then there are the exhibits…
The California Academy of Sciences allows students to investigate the aquarium, rain forest, planetarium, natural history museum and over 40,000 live animals – including sea dragons, anacondas, giant octopuses, Amazonian piranhas, Borneo fruit bats, geckos, tanagers and exotic butterflies – in one fell swoop. Additional exhibits include old favorites like Foucault’s Pendulum, the Swamp exhibit, the T-Rex skeleton and an exhibition showcasing an 87-foot Blue Whale. For smartphone enthusiasts, the California Academy of Sciences also has its own app to help visitors enhance their experience.
At the Children’s Creativity Museum, lucky field-trippers will have the opportunity to utilize the CCM’s Animation Studio, Design Studio, Music Studio, Imagination Lab, Innovation Lab and Community Lab to imagine and create a multimedia or art project that they will be able to take home with them at the end of the day. With skilled local artists helping to facilitate creativity at each of the studios, kids who visit the CCM are all but guaranteed to walk away having created something they are proud of.
Since re-opening in September 2003, the Conservatory of Flowers has earned numerous local, state and national awards on its way to becoming one of the most photographed San Francisco Attractions. Located in Golden Gate Park, the Conservatory of Flowers happily extended its current exhibition, Butterflies and Blooms, through March 16, 2014 due to overwhelming demand. In the exhibit – which features an intimate cottage garden filled fluttery friends – visitors can see more than 20 species of colorful and familiar North American butterflies.
Some other fun options are paying a visit to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center or taking the Pacific Heights Walking Tour. Need things to do in San Francisco? Save up to 55% on admission to top attractions and tours with a Go San Francisco Card discount attractions pass by Smart Destinations.