The California Academy of Science is a place where both kids and adults can explore, explain, and protect the natural world. With your San Francisco car rental, you can visit this amazing museum and come face-to-face with some of the most interesting aspects of the natural world. The Academy was founded in 1853 as the first scientific institution in the West, and they continue to explore and explain the natural world.
A World of Wonders
The California Academy of Science has a great exhibit worth a visit with your San Francisco car rental. The Steinhart Aquarium is the oldest operating municipal aquarium in America, open since 1923. Some of the species you will find here are no longer found in the wild because they are endangered. The curious members of your group may want to come for the feedings that takes place on a daily basis. The African penguins are fed at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. everyday, while the fish are fed on Mondays and Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and the snakes are fed at 1 p.m. on Friday.
The coral reef found at the Steinhart Aquarium is the second largest live coral exhibit in the country and the deepest coral reef tank in the hemisphere. The tank is filled with approximately 4000 pounds of reef rock and hundreds of living coral colonies. There are also many species of reef fish. This particular display is a prototype for a larger one that will be built at Golden Gate Park. The museum is using this opportunity to develop techniques and technology to keep the reef healthy. You can learn some of their efforts when you come to visit with your San Francisco car rental.
There is also the Discovery Tide Pool is a great place for visitors with their San Francisco car rental to touch some friendly marine life. There are always volunteers here who will provide you with plenty of information to take home with you. There have been changes in recent years. Visitors can no longer touch the starfish because it is believed to give them health problems. Instead you can see them in tanks with their feet moving around or maybe even see them digest a meal. Before you leave, a walk through the aquarium will also bring you up close to piranhas, pythons, electric eels, and other interesting animals.
Journey to the Xtreme
Another exhibit at the California Academy of Science is the Xtreme Life exhibit. This exhibit will take you out of this world to see if life exists beyond the planet. Before you get back in your San Francisco car rental, you will look to some of Earth’s most extreme environments to see if it is possible for life to exist, then compare those environments to some in space. By looking at the life that thrives in these extreme environments, it is easy to deduct that Earth may not be the only place in the vast universe that life may exist. Some of the extreme environments you can explore before leaving with your San Francisco car rental include deep-sea hydrothermal vents, methane seeps, ocean floor brine pools, hot springs, polar regions, sub sea floor, rock, saltwater lakes, and caves.
The California Academy of Science is a great place to learn and have fun in San Francisco.