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Aquarium of the Bay

The Embarcadero at Beach St., Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Fisherman's Wharf)
415 623 5300
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Ranked #124 of 362 attractions in San Francisco
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Type: Aquariums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Walking
Description: Visitors view two large saltwater tanks that are filled with the many types of marine wildlife found in San Francisco Bay.
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

A nice place for families and kids to see some of the creatures of the bay, touch some, and learn about some by the cooperative nice staff. Enjoy a 3D video in the theater, I chose the Sharks. Not so much diverse as I expected but it is recommended for families.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This is an interesting aquarium. Instead of seeing see creatures in a vertical tank, you go through tunnels and the fish are all around you. You will see some extremely interesting species of Jellyfish, Stingrays, Starfish and other funny looking fish whose names I don't remember. There is an otter exhibit right now, but the otters weren't cooperating. They were... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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21 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We went to the Aquarium because it was included in our CityPASS. We were pleasantly surprised to find that it was large, with interesting and well-conceived displays, and as much fun as it was educational. Definitely a great destination for families, even those with older kids, or adults who enjoy aquariums and marine life.

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Singapore
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

This is a rather small aquarium compared to ones I've been to in Asia. I got discounted tickets online. My kids (6 and 3 years old) really enjoyed the tunnel and feeling pools.

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Melbourne, Australia
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13 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Such a disappointment after having visited some world-class aquariums in other cities for a much cheaper price. It was a total waste of money - not much to look at and badly maintained. The venue is so small we had finished our visit in about 30 minutes which is ridiculous considering it cost over $60 for three tickets. The staff... More

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Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Good break from the cold (or rainy) outdoors! Kids will enjoy, as there are numerous interactive areas for kids to touch and see the animals up close. Friendly staff.

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Watford, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Worth a visit if you want to escape the rain but not much there. The moving walkway through the underwater tunnels is good, but that is pretty much it! The new otter experience is disappointing - they sleep all day so you are looking at a large enclosure with two sleeping black blobs in the corner! This is included on... More

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Alturas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We has fun, we got to feed the star fish and sea enemies. The under water tanks are way cool The price was a bit high but we were pleased to find out that they are a non profit so all the money goes straight to the animals . The octopus was amazing and fun. It is a bit small... More

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

It was a nice aquarium, the staff was great, but it was a bit small for what you get. I did appreciate the staff; when the otters were asleep during our visit, someone at the front desk told us we could come back later as our passes were good all day--and she told us the average time the otters are... More

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Big Bear Lake, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

While visiting San Francisco my wife and I purchased a City Pass, which contains several vouchers for tourist sites around the City. One of the vouchers includes the ability to visit either the Aquarium of the Bay or the Monterey Aquarium. The Aquarium of the Bay is a nice place to take your kids to educate them about the sea... More

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