Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco, CA

Embarcadero at Beach Street San 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
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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Spur of the Moment Visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2017 NEW
My family visited the Aquarium of the Bay, while we were on Fisherman's Wharf. It was one of the attractions included in the City Pass. It is a small aquarium with 3 floors accessed by elevator. Staff members operate the elevator and provide narration of what you are going to see. The exhibits highlight marine life in San Francisco Bay. It was an enjoyable way to spend an hour and a half. We especially liked the touch tank, the jellyfish exhibit and the sea otters. There is the opportunity to purchase photos taken during your visit. At the end of the tour you exit via a small gift shop.
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Miami, Florida
"Just ok"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2017 NEW
We went here because we had a free admission. We thought it was ok and saw some pretty cool tanks of fish.
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"Small but entertaining"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2017 NEW
Added this to our San Francisco pass mainly because my kids loved all things related to nature. Did this after a trip to Alcatraz in the morning. Nothing really special as we have visitied a lot of other aquariums round the world but kids really enjoyed it.
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Fairfax, Virginia
"Small Aquarium But Something to Do"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2017 NEW
We had a large family group and were able to go through the aquarium together with no problems. This attraction was not very impressive, but gave us all something to do together. The glass tunnel is cool.
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Matthew J
New Orleans, Louisiana
"Don't waste your time"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed September 13, 2017 NEW
This is a truly lackluster aquarium. Very few exhibits. The entire thing can be done in 30 minutes going at a slow rate. There isn't much to see and feels like they haven't kept up with maintenance. Some of the tanks weren't well lit, they had a person working their taking on a $20 speaker/boombox, and portable AC units everywhere. It was about 80 degrees in there and muggy. Don't waste your time here. Your time is better spent taking in the scenery around the piers.
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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.