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Aquarium of the Bay

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Address: The Embarcadero at Beach St., Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: +1 415-623-5300
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Walking
Description: Aquarium of the Bay is located along San Francisco's walkable waterfront...
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.
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Alright. Nothing too different from most other aquariums. They do have a feed the fish session which is entertaining for kids.

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

Alright. Nothing too different from most other aquariums. They do have a feed the fish session which is entertaining for kids.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

We didn't quite know what to expect of this little aquarium in the middle of such a touristy area of San Francisco. We were very pleasantly surprised. We particularly enjoyed the "tunnel tanks", especially seeing the sharks and rays from all angles, including from underneath them, and the jelly fish. The touch tank full of young rays was great. Don't... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Sharks, Sharks, Rays, all Sea life of the Ocean all around you. You can see them, feel them, touch them, learn to love and respect them.

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Fenton, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

My 13yo loves aquariums so I should let him rate as I don't find them that interesting and this one did not do much for me. It cost us $66.00/4 I think we were there about 2hrs. There is an area where you can get up close look at the sharks.

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I think this stop is over priced. So find some buy one get one coupons or similar to get a better value. We took a four year old who enjoyed the visit but has already forgotten nearly the whole thing. Pros: pretty clean, exhibits are pretty new, there are touch tanks, the coolest 'walk inside the tank' thing I have... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

My wife and I came here while on our honeymoon. We purchased San Francisco CityPasses and we had the choice to do either Aquarium of the Bay or the Monterey Bay Aquarium.The choice we made was one out of convenience, not necessarily out of which one we thought would be better. We've not been to either aquarium, though we would... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We had a great time, they had feedings, and you can touch the fish, very informative. The kids had a great time. We got the tickets thru city pass

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Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I honestly expected more from a place named Aquarium of the Bay. It was small and a bit over priced. It was still fun to see all the wildlife/fish/animals but I might have skipped it had I not already booked tickets before we got there.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This aquarium is pretty small and certainly not value for money. The jellyfish exhibits are pretty good, but otherwise there is a small glass tube walk way through a smallish sized tank, a small fish touching area and some 'river' otters (slightly strange given this is next to the sea and there are sea otters found off the California coast... More 

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Corby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

we spent a couple of hours walking around the exhibits the tunnels being the best part of it. Last year we were in the maldives and this brought back good memories. For a relatively small site they have packed a lot into it

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