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Do which first on same day Muir Woods or Cal Academy?

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atlanta
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Do which first on same day Muir Woods or Cal Academy?

We're planning to rent a car for a day and go over to Muir Woods and then walk a little ways onto the Golden Gate Bridge. We wanted to visit the California Academy of Science the same day. Advice for both attractions say to arrive early upon opening, so what should I do?

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1. Re: Do which first on same day Muir Woods or Cal Academy?

Muir opens at 8AM ... the Academy at 10. Definitely get to Muir early (some people even get there earlier than 8 and pay their admission on the way out). Muir deserves to be experienced in peace and solitude (as much as is possible).

So ... Muir first, absolutely.

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2. Re: Do which first on same day Muir Woods or Cal Academy?

Is there a best day to go to Cal Academy? Maybe Monday or Tuesdays? I'm trying to avoid the crowds if that's possible.`

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3. Re: Do which first on same day Muir Woods or Cal Academy?

Definitely Muir Woods first. Enjoy it in the tranquility of the morning. When you come back, it is literally almost a straight shot to the CAS, staying on the Golden Gate Bridge and Park-Presidio Blvd. directly to Golden Gate Park.

If it's summer, any day will probably be busy. Also, every 3rd Wednesday of the month is free, sponsored by the Bernard Osher Foundation. There are also selected weekends of free entry (Fri. thru Sun.) to San Francisco residents on a rotating schedule by ZIP code. Each admission-free adult can bring up to six kids. So the usual weekend crowds would be bigger on those days. Those dates are shown here.

www.calacademy.org/visit/sf_free_days.php

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4. Re: Do which first on same day Muir Woods or Cal Academy?

FRR gave good directions from GG Bridge to GG Park. On the micro side, you cannot turn left off Park Presidio Blvd. Instead, turn R on Cabrillo, then an immediate L on 14th Ave. Then L onto Fulton. Enter the Park one of two ways: 1) into the underground garage at 10th Ave or 2) into the Park at 8th Ave.

If you're going on a weekday (and it's not after the Impressionist show has opened at the deYoung in June), you should be able to find street parking in the park. There is sometimes parking available on Fulton adjacent to the park as well.

Have fun!

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