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San Francisco County, California
August 26, 2010
by Pamela Nayor
August 8, 2005
From journal Family Escape to San Francisco
Auckland, United Kingdom
January 7, 2003
The aquarium had all the usual tanks of fish, including an impressive fish roundabout--you can follow the fish swimming around by walking upstairs to a circular tank. It's actually pretty cool as the lights are dimmed and you can just chill out watching the fish swim round and round. The aquarium also has a reptiles section, with a nice collection of snakes and a couple of alligators.
The natural-history section has a large display on earthquakes--San Francisco having been through a few--and there's a little interactive show that lets you experience an earthquake for yourself. I really liked the section on skulls--all sorts of skulls, from animals to humans. One whole wall is mounted all with skulls; it's very impressive. There's also an art display of the imagery of skulls, showing how its meaning changes according to culture. For instance, in Mexican culture, a skull is not particularly scary--children play with them as part of the Day of the Dead celebrations. There's also a skull gift shop, just the place to buy a present for your Mum.
NB: If you're using the tourist maps to find your way around in Golden Gate Park, the park is actually a lot narrower and a lot longer than depicted.
From journal San Francisco - good times