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Aquarium of the Bay

Gate Prices: Adult $21.95 / Child $12.95
4.3/5 4 Reviews
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Gate Prices Adult $21.95
Child $12.95

At San Francisco's Aquarium of the Bay, you will get to see, touch, discover, and learn about the fascinating marine life of the San Francisco Bay and its surrounding waters. Have you ever wondered what lies beneath the surface of the Bay? Walk through crystal clear tunnels filled with 20,000 aquatic animals, including sevengill sharks: the Bay's largest predators.

A visit to Aquarium of the Bay starts in Discover the Bay, where you will learn about the distinctive ecosystems that support this amazing and wide variety of marine life. Stroll through 300 feet of crystal clear tunnels featuring over 20,000 marine animals from San Francisco Bay and nearby waters. You’ll get an up-close view of Pacific Sea Nettles, white sturgeon, moon jellies, shovelnose guitarfish, and even a giant octopus!

Not only will you be able to witness these stunning creatures, you will even have the opportunity to touch them at the Touch the Bay exhibit! This unique section of the Aquarium of the Bay features touch pools with sharks, rays and sea stars, as well as an interactive Bay Lab station.

Daily events at Aquarium of the Bay include animal feedings and naturalist presentations. You will discover the Bay's various ecosystems, the distinctive wildlife, and the importance of preserving this amazing natural resource.

There are even special activities presented for kids, such as Jellyfish mazes, sea life word searches, coloring books, and Aquarium of the Bay scavenger hunts. You and your whole family can have a memorable experience, all included in your Pass.

Save on admission to Aquarium of the Bay, plus San Francisco's top museums, sights, and tours all for one low price with your Pass.

Getting In

Proceed to the main admission entrance, present your admission pass to ticket agent for entry. Closed: Christmas

Hours

Winter, November-February: 10:00am-6:00pm, Daily.
Spring, March-May: 10:00am-7:00pm, Daily.
Fall, September-October: 10:00am-7:00pm, Daily.
Summer, June-August: 9:00am-8:00pm, Daily.
*Hours are subject to change, please view attraction website for most up-to-date hours.

Closings

Christmas Day. All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.
Hours vary seasonally.

Note

Aquarium of the Bay does not validate parking; however, visitors who dine at one of PIER 39’s full-service restaurants receive one hour free validated parking at lunch and two hours free validated parking after 6 pm for dinner. Parking lot is located across the street from entrance plaza; look for signage.

Address

PIER 39
The Embarcadero at Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

Driving Directions

Entering the city from either the Golden Gate Bridge or the Bay Bridge, follow signs to Fisherman's Wharf and PIER 39. Parking is available at the PIER 39 parking garage one block away from the Aquarium.

Aquarium of the Bay does not validate parking; however, visitors who dine at one of PIER 39's full-service restaurants receive one hour free validated parking at lunch and two hours free validated parking after 6 pm for dinner.

Public Transportation

F-Line to PIER 39
 

Reviews for Aquarium of the Bay

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 4.3 out of 5 stars (based on 4 customer ratings)
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Almost as real as diving
By Mom from the 50th Verified Reviewer from Honolulu on
Pros:
User-friendly system, Flexible Schedule, Money Saver, Skip the lines Benefit
Best Uses:
Clean Tour Ways, Skip The Line,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Aquarium of the Bay:

Tour at your own pace. Great descriptive info plaques.Friendly staff. All inhabitants seemed well cared for. Simply...great tour experience.

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[2 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

I would recommend it to my friends
By Joss from Denver, CO on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Aquarium of the Bay:

I had a great time there and besides it was raining outside.

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[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

Awesome Place!!
By Star from Texas on
Pros:
Very spacious, The staff are informative
Cons:
More labels of fish,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Aquarium of the Bay:

This was a really neat place to visit. Not to mention where the aquarium is located is in a prime spot next to places to eat and shop. Although the aquarium is located in a "hot spot" it was not stuffy inside. There was room to move around and really soak up the information that was presented on the labels they did have. I got to pet a shark! That was really cool! You also get to touch sting rays, but that was nothing knew to us we have gotten a chance to pet those before at other aquariums. Neat for people who have never petted either fish before.

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[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

Very cool. Kids loved it.
By Patti- mother of 9 and 6 year old. Verified Reviewer from Alameda, CA on
Pros:
Lots to see, Wide variety of fish
Cons:
Need more fish labels,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Aquarium of the Bay:

We loved this place. Just wish they had more labels for each fish in the tank. I had to ask a worker what a slug thing was (sea cucumber). It was totally awesome for the kids who didn't care as much what things were. There was lots to see and we'll worth taking time to explore.

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