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Aquarium of the Bay

The Embarcadero at Beach St., Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Fisherman's Wharf)
+1 415-623-5300
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Ranked #135 of 374 Attractions in San Francisco
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Type: Aquariums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Walking
Owner description: Aquarium of the Bay is located along San Francisco's walkable waterfront at PIER 39. See sharks, octopuses, otters, underwater tunnels and 20,000... more » Owner description: Aquarium of the Bay is located along San Francisco's walkable waterfront at PIER 39. See sharks, octopuses, otters, underwater tunnels and 20,000 other amazing animals. « less
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Riverside, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

This place is fun and has some cool exhibits. It is pretty small and you can walk thru the whole thing in an hour but it is worth it. It also has a great gift shop for trinkets.

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Toronto, Ontario
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36 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Got tickets from our city pass. But honestly, if we paid full price for this place, it would be rather disappointing. There are interesting fish to see but the place wasn't really that big. I've been to much better aquariums!

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Chicago, IL
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We were in San Francisco to help babysit our 1 year old grandson and we were trying to think of things to do with him. The Aquarium was the right spot. The highlight is the walkway where the fish and stingrays are visible on 3 sides. He got such a thrill watching them swim over his head. We spent the... More

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Pinole, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Standing under a shark! Walking beneath a giant stingray! Wow! What an amazing feeling it is to watch these and many other native fish swimming right over you while you. This is a must do while visiting Pier 39 in San Francisco.

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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

I visited with 4 of my friends, whilst on holiday from the UK. We needed to kill a few hours and couldn't get onto the tour of Alcatraz so we opted for the aquarium. It wasn't particularly busy so we were able to go through at our own leisurely pace and really enjoy everything rather than feel rushed to get... More

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Nanjemoy, Maryland
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71 reviews 71 reviews
32 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We got tickets included in a package we purchased through Big Bus or we would not have visited the aquarium. It is very small and there is not much there. What is there was neat to look at but I am not sure it would have been worth the money. We live in the DC area and we have the... More

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Wilburton, Oklahoma
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

First visit to this aquarium. I enjoyed the walk thru tunnel of the sharks. And being able to touch the stingrays

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Wisconsin
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65 reviews 65 reviews
31 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This little aquarium had some hidden gems with bubble viewing within the display for children, touch pool, good educational displays. It's a nice respite within the chaos of Fisherman's Wharf.

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New England
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a nice little aquarium with a cool glass "tunnel" to walk under and view the fish all around you. It is small and felt like it only took a few minutes to view everything. I did enjoy our visit but if you have the time, take a drive to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, it is the best I've... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

We LOVE aquariums and been to the ones in Seattle, Chicago, and Vancouver. This one is fantastic! The water tunnels are peaceful and beautiful. The otter display is not to be missed! The staff was warm and friendly. Don't pass this up!

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