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, jellyfish, and more. A touch exhibit is available but remember to respect the marine life!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Francisco Travel Experts
  • The aquarium is closed on Christmas Day.
  • Aquarium of the Bay does not validate parking.
  • Exhibits feature thousands of aquatic animals and plants.
  • Interactive exhibits provide visitors with hands-on learning opportunities.

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 seven-gill 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 land 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

55 Reviews
Deborah Mixon
Columbia , LA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"San Francisco Aquarium"
May, 2018 NEW
Small but educational aquarium.
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Tip: Excellent for young and old. Feels like you are on a boat when you go downstairs.

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Lucy Torres
San Fernando, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Very fun and great for little ones"
May, 2018 NEW
My husband and I decided to take our toddler and she loved it. Really fun tunnels for all 3.
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Tip: Find tickets online rather than at the aquarium, it's much cheaper.

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Reserve San Francisco Customer
San Francisco, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Aquarium of the Bay"
May, 2018 NEW
I’ve brought my kids here a number of times. While it is a small aquarium, and it is a little on the expensive side, it is a great place to learn and explore!
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Tip: The gift shop is, of course, very expensive and geared to little kids!

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Jason Stagg
Las Vegas, NV
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Discount for Price of Attraction"
May, 2018 NEW
I would have to say, the best way to go to Aquarium of the Bay is get the discount price. It is worth the cost of admission. However going through the attraction can take no more than an hour to an hour and a half. So the discount price is definitely more economical than paying full price at the door.
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Tip: Definitely book through Reserve SF, you are getting your money's worth with the discount price to get into the attraction

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Melissa Garcia
Yuba City, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Aquariam of the bay"
May, 2018 NEW
Very beautiful in thier Nice Staff && very exiting for kids theyll love it ?? kids will learn new things my childrends loved it here
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Tip: If your order online your tickets you skip the line lf waiting too purchase

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Claudia V.
Aspen, CO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Lovely experience"
May, 2018 NEW
People were super nice and kind! The aquarium
Has many different species and divided in a nice way. Also, has an impressive hall where you see big animals swimming on top of you! Worth it.
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Savanna Rhodes
Oakdale, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Top Quality Aquarium"
May, 2018 NEW
The aquarium is fun and a perfect environment for families or even a nice date.
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Tip: Take your time to read about the different types of fish.

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Jolin Butler-Bryan
Redondo Beach , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Experience"
May, 2018 NEW
We had a great experience at Aquarium of the Bay. The tunnel was amazing. I loved the huge octopus.
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Tip: You can download the tix on your phone. We saved $17. Pretty great.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Stacy M
Calgary, Canada
"Jellys and rays and sharks! Oh my!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 26, 2018 NEW
I'm honestly surprised by some of the less than awesome reviews on TripAdvisor for Aquarium of the Bay. As an adult, who visited with her husband, I thought it was really neat. And there were a couple groups with kids near/around us who were loving it. We randomly popped into the aquarium as we were wandering the waterfront. When I saw they had a tunnel you walked under, I was sold, as that's an experience I have never had. There's a great assortment of aquatic life! There's everything from anchovies to giant fish to sharks. And there's otters and sting rays and a touch tank and so many different jelly fish. I really enjoyed this aquarium, and would certainly recommend it to friends travelling to the Bay Area.
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ankit k
"Not worthy!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2018 NEW
Not even a just okayish experience. Nothing I would wowed for. Yeah they do let you touch the starfish and you go through the tunnel under the aquarium, but that's it!
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ABC360
Burlington
"Disappointing "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 05, 2018 NEW
I have had an opportunity to visit many aquariums through North America and Europe and this one does not measure up. It is small and showing signs that it requires a major refresh. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. They have a great location too. However, for overall value I would not recommend putting this at the top of the list for a visit.
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greekqueen
scotland
"Great little set up here in just the right area, perfect for kids and adults of any age!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 04, 2018 NEW
Visited here with my teenage daughter using our San Francisco passes. Lived going through the tunnels, watching other children enjoy the interactive displays and finally feeding the fish and ‘petting’ them and my husband and son in the UK Skyping me so they joined in too on the end; very enjoyable and recommended.
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Brigette D
Colorado Springs, Colorado
"Cute"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 27, 2018 NEW
It’s not that big but it’s a good little aquarium. It’s set up great. It’s very interactive for kids! Worth the time to walk through. It’s convenient being on pier 39.
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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.