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

132 Reviews
Jamie O'Malley
Willits, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"GREAT TIME WITH FAMILY"
November, 2018 NEW
My kids had a blast. The shark tunnel was beautiful. Must see. Wish they had a little more stuff. Like seahorses. We will go again!
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Charisse D.
PH
1 Review
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"Aquarium of the Bay with Kids"
November, 2018 NEW
My 2 daughters (9 and 6) were with me when we visited. The kids had a nice time touching the live animals and the staff were accommodating enough to answer their questions. The aquarium was also clean and the size was good for kids to finish the whole experience in an hour and then go back again to the areas they liked best.
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Tip: It’s a small place and adults can finish it in 20-30 mins

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Erika Tsimbalov
Livingston, NJ
1 Review
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"Fun and Educational"
November, 2018 NEW
My friend and I walked by the Aquarium and were about to wait until the last hour to get the discounted tickets, until I found ReserveSanFrancisco and we were able to get an even better price immediately. We really enjoyed the Aquarium though I felt it was kind of small and didn't have enough exhibits. I did like the tunnel we walked through where the fish swim over you. I would have liked to see more tropical fish displays. We really liked the two exhibits where you can touch the starfish, coral, and baby manta rays. I was bummed that the Octopus were on longer there.
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Tip: It was a little confusing with the two levels of exhibits and the elevator.. it seems to take you on a maze. Check the map first or ask someone how to get around.

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Ike Hardy
Riverdale , IL
1 Review
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"Weekend getaway"
November, 2018 NEW
Me and my family went on a weekend getaway and had the time of our lives. We really enjoyed all that San Francisco had to offer and especially the Aquarium of the Bay. From the moment we walked in we were amazed at the sights and the 360 view of the sea life....it felt so real lol like we were under water with them .My son really enjoyed it. That's all he talked about for the whole day so we had to go there again the next day lol. If you ever in San Francisco, I definitely suggest going here, you would love it. I'm from Chicago and we have nothing like there. I've never seen anything so breathtaking.... this is a sight to see.
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Tip: If you go to the Aquarium of the Bay you're in for a treat.

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Jorge Villarruel Jr
Firebaugh, CA
1 Review
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"Great for kids"
November, 2018 NEW
I enjoyed the aquarium with my duaghter. She was excited to see the jelly fish and also the hands on experience with the sting rays and anemonies. She also loved the under water tunnel they have to see all the fish and sharks they have on display. The guides they have are very knowledgeable about the fish
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Tip: The price is fair and you enjoy it very much

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Fred Estrada
Riverbank , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Day date"
October, 2018 NEW
Had a real good time with my lady. We went out to San Fran for a day date to get away. While on the bay she wanted the aquarium I wanted the zoo. Ultimately you can never tell a lady no. Grandpa always said always tell them “yes dear” “you’re right dear” so we ended up going into the aquarium and we had a real good time in there seeing all the assorted fish and touching some of them. I would do it all over again if it means I can make this woman happy again.
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Tip: Friendly people, pretty clean inside

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April Willis
Lubbock, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"A great afternoon experience"
October, 2018 NEW
The attraction itself was very interesting especially since i dont come from a water life town. All things were interesting to see. Bad note is parking was very expensive.
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Linda de Mello
Union City, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"intimate setting"
October, 2018 NEW
go mid week, weekends are crowded.
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Tip: visit this first, since you will take photos

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lilrox724
Chicago
"Very pricey for what you see"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 15, 2018 NEW
We came here with our little one who did enjoy the sealife but for $28 / adult, I expected more. Its pretty much 1 loop where you see the aquarium from the bottom, which was cool. But thats pretty much it. There is another floor on your way to the exit of otters and a few other animals (snakes, frogs, rtc). There is parking across the street in the parking garage for $12/hr. Street parking is limited.
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463leahh
Colville, Washington
"What I expected "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2018 NEW
This aquarium is what I thought it would be (an aquarium), but my daughters (even teenagers!) really enjoyed it. It kind of took my girls back to when they were little. But, they did ask to go there-I didn’t force it.
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J D
Madison, Wisconsin
"Great for young kids"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 07, 2018 NEW
We LOVED this aquarium. Yes, it's way smaller than the Shedd in Chicago, etc. but it's perfect for a young kid. There is so much to do in San Francisco, it's nice to have smaller but high quality attractions. The two underwater tunnels were so much fun. The sea otter exhibit was wonderful. The gift shop was great, clean bathrooms, easy to find drinking fountains.
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pablo v
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
"Ride under the sea"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 07, 2018 NEW
We spend two hours in the aquarium of the bay, it is like walking under the sea, a great variety of fish and other marine species, a place to enjoy marine life.
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SeshKomanduri
Bengaluru, India
"Nice place"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 05, 2018 NEW
Nice place with some good exhibits. But variety is very limited. It certainly it does not live up to the hype around it. If you have some time to kill and you are in the area, it is an OK place to visit. But nothing worth planning for.
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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.