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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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We were so excited to go there. It sounded so great! But the truth is that it's very small. There's only 2 tunnels and a few small aquariums. The two otters at the end looked so... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We were so excited to go there. It sounded so great! But the truth is that it's very small. There's only 2 tunnels and a few small aquariums. The two otters at the end looked so sad! I was disappointed to go although they do a lot of efforts in sensibilisation and protection of the environment. Do not go there... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

This is a most impressive aquarium with a pleasing emphasis on the environment and sustainability. The exhibits are excellent with good commentary. The marine species are all so very healthy. There are lots of interactive things for the kids. The staff were friendly, most informative and obviously most proud of their aquarium. A marine life presentation of the region. Brilliant.

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Yonkers, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The aquarium is worth a visit. It is great toe seethe animals. The tunnels are really fun to walk through and the movable walk ways are great for people with limited mobility.

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Barcelona, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I'ts nice, clean and the exhibits are very interesting. The Jellyfish exhibit is definitely worth the visit but, overall, I think is overrated. I was much more impressed by other aquariums. Good to visit if is part of a tour or on the citiypass tickets (it was on ours) but I would not recommend to spend the money if you... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We went on a weekday morning when there were not very many other visitors. The aquarium is very worthwhile, for adults as well as kids. The photo (in Trip Advisor) of the illuminated jellyfish reminds us of some of the smallest, but yet most memorable, exhibits. The illuminated invertebrates were fascinating and beautiful. The walkway surrounded by water is special.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

A really nice aquariom. We enjoyed the tour 'under' tha bay, seeing all sorts of fish over us. The octypus was also amazing!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

It's an aquarium - certainly not the best one I've seen, but quite nice. The jellyfish exhibit was beautiful. The touch pool was a big hit with the kids. And the glass tube you walk though with sharks and other sea life swimming over your head was the highlight. In my opinion, it is a bit overpriced for the size... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We bought tickets for the scenes behind the tour for additional 12.00 a person. As a result we just headed to shark feeding and were disappointed that the shark were tiny. The employee talked for about 20 minutes before he fed the fish and it was so boring. WE then went to our tour told an employee who told us... More 

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Amanda O, Manager at Aquarium of the Bay, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for the review, your feedback is appreciated. I'm sorry you had a bad experience. We strive for great customer service, and will work to do better with future guests. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

went to aquarium of the bay nice underwater exploration of sharks and stingray and different fishes, jelly fish etc. Good part kids get to touch baby shart and stingray and starfish.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

What a great location. When we first walked in-- thought it was going to disappoint but then went down in the elevator which opened to the tunnels. We were lucky to have gone on a light day so had plenty of time to look and stop in the tunnels. Great diversion from the big city of SF

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Address: The Embarcadero at Beach St., Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: +1 415-623-5300
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Fisherman’s Wharf

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