‘Tis the Season at California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco is equipped with all the makings for a most festive winter season celebration at ‘Tis the Season for Science! An educational and exhilarating experience for the whole family, and included in your Go San Francisco card, a visit to this 412,000 square foot green museum is a must-see!

Interactive Reindeer Discovery

Explore the extraordinary traits that enable reindeer to stay warm and survive in harsh conditions, observe their behavioral patterns for finding food, attracting mates, and traveling father each year than any other land mammal. You’ll have the opportunity to feel the unique insulating properties of reindeer fur, see the world through a reindeers eyes in an ultraviolet light simulator, control the growth of reindeer antlers, and discover the physics behind how reindeer run.

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Learn all about these fascinating creatures!

You’ll also meet two five-year-old, fully-grown reindeer with distinct traits. Their playful personalities and majestic appearance will astound you and your travel companions!

Snowman Theater

Experience an immersive, family-friendly geodome show in the giant Snowman Theater, and learn about the unique adaptations, behavior, and morphology of reindeer in a fun, informative way!


Meet and Greet with Santa Claude 

Visit the Acaemy’s lovable ‘Alligator Santa’ character – making appearances on December 24th, 31st, and January 1st at 10:00am. Albino and adorned in festive Santa garb, join him for a professional photo with family and friends!


Scuba Santa Coral Reef Dive

Santa is doing more than delivering presents and eating cookies with milk this year!He’s suiting up in scuba gear to take a plunge into the world’s deepest living coral reef exhibit. Through his underwater microphone, Santa will answer the questions of his watchful spectators as he explains the qualities of the reef. See Santa submerged from December 19-24th at 11:30am and 2:30pm each day!

With your Go San Francisco Card, you can explore all the top attractions this winter – including the Aquarium of the Bay, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, and 28 other San Francisco attractions – while saving up to 55% off. To learn more, visit us at SmartDestinations.com!


  1. Foreclosure Dan says

    Well with a name like Snowman Theater it has to be lots of fun. I’m interested about the Alligator Santa’ character.

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