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Aquarium of the Bay

#81 of 546 things to do in San Francisco Features Animals
2 The Embarcadero & Beach St, Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133
+1 415-623-5300
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Aquarium of the Bay is located along San Francisco's walkable waterfront at PIER 39. See sharks, otters, underwater tunnels, and 20,000 other amazing animals. Please check website for early closure notifications.
  • Excellent21%
  • Very good36%
  • Average32%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible2%
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2 The Embarcadero & Beach St, Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133
Fisherman’s Wharf
+1 415-623-5300
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Aquarium of the Bay on San Francisco's Pier 39 is focused on marine life in the bay and neighboring waters. There are two levels to this aquarium; visitor start their tour in the "Discover the Bay" exhibit on level 3, then take an elevator...More

Thank Akisato S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We didn't, and still enjoyed it, but I see that children (of all ages) would love this place. You walk through aquarium tunnels with marine life around you including small sharks, see smaller tanks with different animals and a few land creatures as well. They...More

Thank InaMP
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was one option with our city pass. I wish we would've used it on the DeYoung museum instead. It's not bad, just very underwhelming. The otters were cute and the walk through tunnel was cool but that's about it. The California Academy of Science...More

Thank karenpY2042IY
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great for the kids, very interactive and interesting Went on a Sunday evening, lots of people but not too crowded. Tunnels were amazing!! 🐟🐟🐟

Thank Laura-Anne H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

San Francisco's Bay Aquarium This aquarium is in the small side, BUT it contained SEVERAL WORTHWHILE EXHIBITS! There are four main components of the aquarium: discover the bay, under the bay, touch the bay, and highlighting animals. For us the clear tunnels where you can...More

Thank Jane G
Reviewed 1 week ago

My granddaughter loves aquariums, so we check this one out. The only exhibits worth seeing are the underwater tubes.and the otters. If you have smaller kids and young teens they will love the touch and feel section. Touching a stingray is so exciting for them,...More

Thank TomA15
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a smaller aquarium, but it has some great features. The underwater tunnels are fascinating and their giant octopus is very cool. The river otters were cute and the touch pools were nice. The staff was kind and I liked that your stamp allowed...More

Thank Tenisha B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the place is magnificent ! large selection of marine life and the aquairum iteslf is magnifisent ! when you step outeide you can actual "pet" some of the creatures. the only down side is the toilet - I would accpect that when you paying so...More

Thank Shir_Aviv_Musikanth
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The kids enjoyed the visit and we spent about 90-110 minutes there. It isn't that huge but still has decent amount of sea life to look at and touch. Used the city pass for our tickets.

Thank snj1027
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is not so big but enough for discovering sea's life. The most important that with your visiting, they can have money to continue protect ocean.

Thank linhserene
Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality
hotels, and good food, there’s something for everyone
at Fisherman’s Wharf. From street performers and
historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a
postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner.
Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded
with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while
Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone’s sweet tooth
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1 December 2015|
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Response from Taylor A | Reviewed this property |
I parked off site and walked (less than 5 minutes). Ended up being less than $10 which is probably the best/safest option.
23 November 2015|
Response from Meredith M | Property representative |
about 1.5 hours