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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.

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Providence, Rhode Island
"Great small aquarium in the heart of the Wharf!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 24, 2017 NEW
When you come to Fisherman's Wharf, you're probably not thinking that there's an aquarium here for you to visit. For you aquarium connoisseurs, you're missing out if you don't stop by this place. I think I came here for the first time after I left the bay area which is a pity because this is probably my second favorite aquarium here in California. Yes it is located on the pier and you think from all their advertisements that it's just a tourist trap but it's a good one! If you parked at the Pier 39 garage you get $2 off a general adult ticket so be sure to use it. You take an escalator upstairs and prepare for a several level experience of all the bay's sea creatures. You start off with some of the more tropical fish that you don't get too much here in California but as you go deeper and deeper you'll see displays of jellyfish, kelp forest fish and many others. Take a trip downstairs and your adventure continues with more local fish and then the shark tunnel. Even the shark tunnel features fish from the local area including the 7 gill shark which is the largest shark that is endemic to the area. Yes, there are great whites too in SF bay but not all that common. They had large sturgeons, rays and guitarfish which are always fun to see. Your trip ends with a lot of reptile and amphibian displays followed by 3 playful male otters that are a hoot. Park at Pier 39 for all your Fisherman's Wharf shenanigans. While the price is initially startling, your discounts make up for it and also the headache of trying to find somewhere cheaper to park would offset it as well.
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Hamilton, Montana
"O.K., but nothing special compared to other aquariums"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2017 NEW
For the entrance fee, I expected a lot more. It was the usual assortment of smaller tanks with a variety of tropic fish, a few local small mammals and reptiles, and of course, the walk through tanks with rays and sharks as well a a number of other fairly large fish. At the end, there is a tank with otters, which they staff was feeding when we were there. I wasn't happy that they made the otters do tricks for food!
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Lewisville, Texas
"It was ok"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2017 NEW
The staff was very friendly, but It was a tiny aquarium. It's a convenient location if you're already on the piers.
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Sunbury-On-Thames, United Kingdom
"Great fun for the family"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 18, 2017 NEW
Nice little venue. We went as a family of four and experienced the walk through tunnel and got to touch a snake, starfish and sea anemones. Friendly staff and easily accessible. We purchased our tickets in advance through Groupon (much cheaper deal).
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Chico, California
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 02, 2017 NEW
This trip was so amazing how everything is set up to view. Being able to touch curtains sea animals was amazing and the jellyfish and shark tanks were so awesome with them swimming over you. They had huge fish to exhibit and they had the tiniest fish. Great place to experience and to take the family we will be going back very soon with our children. Great learning experience.
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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.