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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 NEW
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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Port Alberni, Canada
"Cute place and a nice visit "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed April 23, 2017 NEW
The aquarium is small, but it does have some great things to see. The jellyfish and the underground aquarium are great. Come during feeding time! I'm glad we came but don't expect to spend much time here
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"Cool jellyfish"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed April 17, 2017 NEW
Nice aquarium, not best one in world but has lots of interesting local marine life and good explanations of how life cycles work and threats to it. Staff is friendly & helpful. Several cool jellyfish displays. Allow an hour, tops, here unless you have someone who's really into this. We enjoyed the aquarium at CA Academy of Sciences just as much.
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Mary R
New Orleans, Louisiana
"Small but good for a couple of hours. "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed April 16, 2017 NEW
We got tickets as part of a 3 day pass. My 19 month old son loves fish. The upstairs is a small, typical aquarium. The downstairs has a nice jellyfish display and 2 large walk through tunnels, that are really the highlight. We went through the tunnels twice because my son loved them so much. At the end is a rive4 otter exhibit, but they were sleeping while we were there. Good way to pass an hour ir so, but you won't be there much longer than that.
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Los Angeles, California
"What's there is nice. But there's not much there."
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed April 10, 2017 NEW
This is the smallest and least interesting aquarium I've been to, and it wasn't that cheap. There is an initial room with some local fishes that looks like 1/10th of the similar exhibit at Monterey Bay. Then there is a room with a few jelly fish. Then a tunnel through the big tank where they have sharks (Leopard and maybe a sand or two). Then there is a touch-tide-pool (ONE FINGER ONLY) and then some cute river otters, which was the highlight. All told, five rooms and it costs $25 for adults give or take. I would take and give my money to another attraction.
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Lyn R
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
"Glimpse of Sealife"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed April 08, 2017 NEW
My grown son wanted to visit the Aquarium. You enter and see some of it then take an elevator down and then an elevator up. It was fun to walk under the overhead aquarium. There was a touch and feel area. This is one of the many Aquarium's I have been to. I think I heard them say it was non-profit... but not sure. Otherwise comparing others this one was a little disappointing. But they did make good use of their space and maybe because of the crowd of people couldn't get to some of the things they offer. If you have never been to an Aquarium of this sort ..... THEN IT IS A MUST !!
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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.