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Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco, CA

2 Beach StreetSan 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.

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Ezzyp
"Terrible"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2017 NEW
Worst aquarium I have ever been to and I went to one in Thailand that cost me 50cents to get into so that's saying something. Very disappointed especially with the cost of entry.
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Kenny B
Centennial, Colorado
"It was okay, but nothing special"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed March 14, 2017 NEW
As far as aquariums go, this one was pretty mediocre, which is unfortunate because it's right on Pier39. It was cool that your paid admission is good for 24 hours, but there's not that much stuff to see, so it's not really an effective perk. If you've been to ANY aquarium, anywhere else, then there's no reason to visit this one.
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shekar250
Bengaluru, India
"Beautiful aquarium."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 11, 2017 NEW
The aquarium is very nice with lots of attractions. The varieties of species of water animals is a pleasent to see. The aquarium is situated on the banks of ocean which makes us feel happy to spend an hour or two. It's not a big one but kids truly enjoy. But the entry fee is more which is a minus point. Many in the Bay Area are unaware of this aquarium as I feel. The management has to reduce the entry fee to make middle class people to afford the fee. Nice one and a weekend jaunt to enjoy the place.
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Sommer H
LaSalle, Canada
"It was O-K"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed March 10, 2017 NEW
We thought we could kill some time in the afternoon before dinner and check out the aquarium. In and out in less then an hour wish there were more things to see and do there. I realize that it's non profit but I did feel it was a little pricey for what you get. Loved that we could touch the stingrays, shark, and star fish. The kids really enjoyed that part.
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HestNi
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
"small but lovely"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 28, 2017 NEW
Title says it all really. It is not big (which baffles me, with it being in the US), but there are some tanks with lovely creatures, like lit up jelly fish. There is also a touch-pond or whatever you call it. The enclosure for the otters seemed a touch on the small side, so that would be my only complaint.
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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.