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!

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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.

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.

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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Jwalk777
Maple Valley, Washington
" Small but nice"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 24, 2017 NEW
This small aquarium in San Fran is worth the price for admission and the behind the scenes. The entire aquarium took us a little over an hour and then the behind the scenes another hour. Our guide was knowledgeable and the kids loved it. Don't expect an aquarium like Georgia or San Diego, but this little place serves to teach people about conservation and the local fish and wildlife.
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Serge G
Winnipeg, Canada
"Nice Aquarium, knowledgeable staff"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 24, 2017 NEW
Enjoyed our tour through the aquarium. Very informative place. Loved walking through the tunnel, experiencing the fish swim beside and above us. You get to touch baby fish; shark, ray, starfish. Brief in terms of content, but still this is a great stop to bring the family when visiting the Pier.
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TravlerMary
Wausau, Wisconsin
"Disappointed "
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed July 23, 2017 NEW
Went thru the whole thing in less than 1/2 an hour. Probably good for very small children that haven't had much exposure to aquariums. They did have a nice touch pool for little kids
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Akisato S
Clearfield, Utah
"Small aquarium, but still fun to visit; especially enjoyable for youths"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2017 NEW
The Aquarium of the Bay on San Francisco's Pier 39 is focused on marine life in the bay and neighboring waters. This aquarium comprises two levels; visitor start their tour in the "Discover the Bay" exhibit on level 3, then take an elevator down to the "Under the Bay" exhibit on level 1, where they walk through two underwater glass tunnels. Finally, via the elevator, they return to level 3, where there are few more exhibits such as "Touch the Bay" and the river otters.
 There is no "main hall" to this aquarium, just three passageways separated by the elevator. The walkthrough of the entire aquarium ends as quickly as it has begun so enjoy while it lasts! Plus, young children will especially enjoy the "Touch the Bay" exhibit as they get to lay their hands on the living creatures.
 The main highlight of my visit was walking through the tunnels, as various sea creatures of swam along and above me as I walked past. I also thought the river otters were quite adorable. Sadly, my tour through the aquarium ended in less than half an hour. Prior to the tunnels, I got a cameraman to snap photos of myself to highlight my visit; however, when I reached the gift shop to purchase the photos, the clerk told me that I can only obtain hard copies, not digital copies. 
For a better aquarium in San Francisco, I would suggest the one in California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park.
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Peter H
"Nice! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2017 NEW
Nice and fun for kids. 100% non for profit and most of their collection goes directly to conservation work.
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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.