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.
Please check website for seasonal programming such as underwater pumpkin carving for Halloween, or watch our river otters frolic in over 1,000 pounds of snow in the winter.
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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.