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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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Quite Good But Quite Small

This aquarium was ok, though it was quite small and did not take much time to look around. It is good to go to if you have an hour to kill, though there are better things to do in... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Luton, United Kingdom
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Luton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This aquarium was ok, though it was quite small and did not take much time to look around. It is good to go to if you have an hour to kill, though there are better things to do in San Francisco if your time is limited.

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I was so excited to go visit the aquarium under the bay after seeing a poster for it on the Muni bus! I had called in a head of time to see the pricing and thought it was reasonable for an aquarium visit but when we actually got there and had our experience, I left thinking that the price is... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We went expecting to see some pretty amazing exhibits since we were right on the bay but we were disappointed. The staff were fantastic though, very enthusiastic and knew facts about the exhibits but it was just too small for the cost.

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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

They had a really cool walk through fish tank that had a lot of different things in it. Be aware that the only way out is to walk through the store so if you have kids be prepared to buy something. The aquarium is really small. We walked through the whole aquarium in 30 minutes so we ended up spending... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Came here with friends from out of town, and glad we did! It was so much fun, and so informative and interesting, especially for the kids. The best part was the tubes under the bay,there was something so cool about that bit, made me think of the tubes at Charles de Gaulle airport... Enjoy!

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

This is a nice aquarium with a range of fish to see as well as a few other creatures - not as big as some I've visited though. The highlight is, of course, the tunnel through the large tank with larger sharks and other species in it. When we went (February weekday) it was not too busy, so they were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Nice aquarium by the bay, and at the end of the aquarium u can touch a real litlle shark and a fish streak . The kids love it !

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 via mobile

Usually one does not mind paying a lot for aquariums as the revenue is utilised to maintain the living standards of the fish within the exhibits. However, there was not a great deal of variety of fish within the aquarium. Also there is only three main exhibits which mean that you do not spend a significant amount of time in... More 

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We were visiting Pier 39 before heading to the Alcatraz Cruise. We had a while to spare so decided to go to the Aquarium, it was a great place but very repetitive. There is a small petting pool where you can touch a few different fish such as Sting Rays & Star Fish. We were in & out within an... More 

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Aliso Viejo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We bought a City Pass and that allowed us entrance into the aquarium. We had fun looking at all of the local animals and were there for shark feeding. The boys loved it and it was fun for the adults too. I would recommend spending a couple hours here. It's right by Pier 39 and those restaurants and shops.

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