Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco, CA

Embarcadero at Beach Street San Francisco, CA 94133
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From adorable river otters to green moray eels, you’ll discover the natural wonders of marine life at Aquarium of the Bay. With over 1000 aquatic animal species to see and learn about, this aquarium is ideal for all ages. Dive deep into the bay (without the diving, of course) to see the octopus, jelly fish, and more. A touch exhibit is available but remember to respect the marine life!


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Explore the magic, beauty and wonder of San Francisco Bay at Aquarium of the Bay. Your visit will take you through three main habitat areas that display the amazing riches that lie beneath the surface of the San Francisco Bay and surrounding waters.

Your exploration begins in Discover the Bay , which features eight exhibits holding over 1,000 aquatic animals . Exhibit highlights include the bright orange garibaldi ( the California State Marine Fish) , green moray eels , rockfish, swirling schools of anchovies and newly hatched skates , baby perch and other fish.

Continue your journey and see mesmerizing jellies before entering our two tunnels with leopard shark, giant sea bass , bat rays , giant pacific octopuses , eight foot sevengill sharks San Francisco's Bay’s largest predators and five other locals species of sharks .

Get ready for an unforgettable experience with the change to touch bay rays, sharks, sea stars, sea cucumbers and more.
At the interactive PG&E Bay Lab, learn from our naturalist how climate change is affecting the Bay’s animals on l and in the water.

These active and engaging wildlife ambassadors help to teach us how important it is to have a healthy environment to live and swim in. Watch their antics as they romp, wrestle and tumble around in cascading waterfalls, two pools, and naturalistic climbing logs.

Closed on Christmas Day.

Reserve San Francisco Customer Reviews

Nikki Savinova
1 Review
"It's Pretty nice"
April, 2017
It's a kind of expensive for what's inside but I am kind of person who wanna tell I was there and it was... not he told me it is ... so I would go there at least once it's small but nice
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Manchester, United Kingdom
"Looks a bit tired and run down"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2017 NEW
Glad it was included on our 3 day Go San Fran card, as normally it would have been expensive for what it was. But still interesting and fun. Good place for the kids on a rainy day. Looks tired and run down compared to other aquariums we have visited
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Regina R
Manila, Philippines
"Good visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2017 NEW
This aquarium was pretty small compared to the other aquariums I have visited in other countries/places. There was only 1 "tunnel" where you can see underwater creatures. There's a place with otters that was practically the highlight of my visit. Other than that, it was just ok. You'll be able to kill time, but nothing that special about it.
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"Nice little Aquarium with gorgeous otters"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2017 NEW
The Aquarium of the Bay is not huge, but there are a few interesting exhibits. I loved the colorful fishes and the touch pool with the baby bat rays. It is really special to touch the soft skin of them. The tunnel tank with the sharks and fishes is cool. The various types of Jellyfishes are beautiful and don’t miss the little Pacific Tree Frogs. My highlight was the gorgeous otters. They were in a playing mood and I could watch them a long time. I enjoyed the visit and spent almost two hours there.
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Agathe B
"Great interactive visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2017 NEW
The visit is about 1.5 hours and you can see lots of fishes and sharks. There are 2 tunnels which are absolutely great. Check the timetable for fish/shark feeding, it's really interesting. It's interactive too, you can touch fishes ! The personnel is great and it's a sustainable place, environnemental friendly! Go there and you'll be amazed :)
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"Wouldn’t spend another 70.00"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2017 NEW
Family of 4 did the 70.00 family pass. I️t was worth about half that. Cool walking in the tunnel and seeing a few small sharks
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Frequently Asked Questions about Aquarium of the Bay

Is parking available?
Parking facilities are available at Pier 35 or across from the main entrance at the PIER 39 garage. The garage is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Aquarium of the Bay does not validate parking, but many PIER 39 restaurants do.

What is the best way to get to Aquarium of the Bay?
Utilizing public transportation is highly recommended. Present a valid Bay Area public transportation pass and receive $2 off adult admission, and $1 off child/senior admission (cannot be combined with any other offer).

What programs are available to ticket holders?
Aquarium of the Bay hosts several daily programs for guests, including Shark Station, Sharks of Alcatraz, Meet Our Otters, California touch pools, and many “up close and personal” opportunities with several animals.

Can I bring my service dog?
Yes. Guests may bring service dogs into the aquarium.