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Aquarium of the Bay tickets

Gate Prices Adult $24.95
Child (3-12) $14.95
Anemones. Sea stars. Sevengill sharks. Get up close to more than 20,000 marine animals and learn all about local marine life at the popular Aquarium of the Bay, located right in the heart of the historic Fisherman’s Wharf.

The aquarium explores three diverse environments, located in San Francisco Bay its surrounding areas, in a fascinating and educational way with interactive and creative exhibits.

Exhibit highlights include:

Discover the Bay: You’ll begin here with an introduction to the unique ecosystems that support the area’s marine life. Eight exhibits make up this gallery, featuring over a thousand aquatic animals native to the San Francisco Bay.

Under the Bay: Descend beneath San Francisco Bay and see moon jellies and pacific sea nettles. Next, walk through two crystal-clear tunnels, 300 feet in length, completely surrounded by 700,000 gallons of Bay water and over 20,000 animals. The first tunnel contains anchovies, giant sea bass, and impressive sea stars, while the second tunnel is home to marine life that thrives in the deeper waters of the Bay, including massive sevengill sharks and giant skates.

Touch the Bay: Home to PG&E Bay Lab, this interactive exhibit features land animals and their various habitats, highlighting the negative effects of climate change. You’ll have the opportunity to touch California king snakes, leopard sharks, and bat rays. Visitors will also be able to participate in interactive experiments, learn how solar power works, and send e-cards to friends back home.

Aquarium of the Bay, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is dedicated to protecting, restoring, and inspiring conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed, from the Sierra to the sea.. Learn about the conservation efforts of this institution on your visit and be sure to check out their efforts to promote an understanding of various shark species that are native to the area’s waters.

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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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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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[ 5 of 6 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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