Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco, CA

Embarcadero at Beach Street San Francisco, CA 94133
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Overview

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!

Description

from Aquarium of the Bay

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.

DISCOVER THE BAY
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.

UNDER THE BAY
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 .

TOUCH THE BAY
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.

NORTH AMERICAN RIVER OTTERS: WATERSHED AMBASSADORS
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.

NO CANCELATION POLICY ON TICKETS.
Closed on Christmas Day.

Reserve San Francisco Customer Reviews

6 Reviews
Christopher Hofmann
Santa Barbara, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Nice variety of fish"
February, 2018 NEW
The aquarium is 3 story’s full of a nice variety of sea life.
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Tip: Good for children

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Marcia Jonasson
Fairfield, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Quick and Easy"
February, 2018 NEW
Using Reserve Direct was extremely easy and when it was time to use our tickets to the aquarium, no issues or problems.
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Priscilla N.
hayward, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great variety"
February, 2018 NEW
If you like sea creatures of all kinds then the Aquarium of the Bay will be a good trip. I particularly enjoyed watching the feeding of the sea otters and my niece enjoyed touching the fish. Friendly staff too
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Tip: Once you have your hand stamped you can return throughout the day which is handy when you have kids with you

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Reserve San Francisco Customer
CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Behind the scenes"
January, 2018 NEW
My boyfriend and I had a private behind-the-scenes tour before we toured the aquarium itself. I would totally recommend it.
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Sudesh B.
Jersey City , NJ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Good to have a glance"
January, 2018 NEW
It was the first time I visited underground Aquarium. It is not that much bigger as I expected but one can feel good experience. It takes not more than 30 minutes to complete the tour. There are few star fishes in the first floor where you can allow to touch.
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Tip: It's Expensive

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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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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wwwendyyy
Las Vegas, Nevada
"Not that great...."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2018 NEW
If I had a do-over, I would have skipped this aquarium. It is relatively small and pretty dated in my opinion. I'm not sure we spent more than a half hour here (and I'm generally a fan of aquariums).
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johnsi2015
Leonard, Michigan
"Fascinating"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 06, 2018 NEW
We used our GoCard for our admission. This isn't the largest aquarium, but it has fascinating sea life to see. Children would live it.
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Joseph & Preeth... R
"The otter was awesome "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 30, 2018 NEW
This is a cute little aquarium that has a fun staff and a good location. The juvenile otter was the best. My Son took off his hat and waved it my the water tank and the otter followed the hats movement.
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Julie K
Aviemore, United Kingdom
"Fabulous"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 29, 2018 NEW
We got into this place free,due to our bus hop on hop off ticket,BONUS It was lovely,we got to gently feel a sting ray.We saw beautiful,playfull otters,they were just gorgeous.Loads of fish as well,and sharks and rays.Very interesting and staff very friendly and welcoming
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Shawna T
Yellowknife
"Worth the Money"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 23, 2018 NEW
Very inexpensive and simply amazing. Great staff, knowledgeable and friendly. The aquarium will amaze you with each step.
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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.