Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco, CA

2 Beach StreetSan 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.

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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"Only go if you have kids"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2017 NEW
Normally I really enjoy Aquariums, but there wasn't much to see at this one. There are a couple exhibits, and the river otters were cute, but it is quite small. There were a lot of kids around, and they all seemed to enjoy it, so if you need to fill 30 minutes with your family, this is an option. The best part about this experience was knowing that a large part of the admission fee goes towards their conservation initiatives. That made it better.
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Gilbert, Arizona
"Go with your children if you can't go to Monterey"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2017 NEW
This is an outdated aquarium. Decades outdated. I would not recommend it for adults at all. Young children may enjoy it. Once you have been to the Monterey aquarium, you need better and more than this small aquarium. It will always be a disappointment. Included in the CityPass.
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Scott W
Sydney, Australia
"Not much to see here"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed June 16, 2017 NEW
We paid nearly $50 each to see the exhibits at this aquarium, and from start to finish we were in there for less than 90 minutes.......I've seen more variety in my local pet shop.
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Worcester, Massachusetts
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 14, 2017 NEW
Very nice aquarium, but also a small aquarium. From the outside you really shouldn't be that surprised though. Not a large selection to see, the tunnels are average for the size. Very nice staff and clean. Gift shop there. Great for small children.
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"Average aquarium and really overpriced "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 12, 2017 NEW
While the glass tunnels here are decent, this aquarium has less sharks and rays than other, more moderately priced aquariums we have visited. The staff is very friendly, but this should not cost around $100 for a family of four. It's worth around half that. It's actually a tiny aquarium. The petting section is teeny, with very few creatures you can touch. Most of the animals in this part of the attraction are not in touching station. There are two random chinchillas. On the second floor, there are two otters. I've been to several otter exhibits with many more animals.
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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.