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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 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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Aliso Viejo, California
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Aliso Viejo, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

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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Lakewood, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Unless you have a Go Card or City Pass, I wouldn't recommend paying the $22/person to get it. It was much shorter than I had expected for that price. The best part of the aquarium was the tunnels at the bottom, but that was definitely not worth the admission. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I knew,... More 

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Lakewood, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This aquarium is very basic. It was raining the day we went so we needed an indoor activity but paying $22 each was not worth the price. There are 3 otters, which are cute, some jelly fish and several sea creatures that you can touch but the walkway under the water was short and not really that great. The Denver... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We visited the California Academy of Sciences and found their aquarium much better. This one is OK, if you don't have much time in the region. The Jelllyfish exhibits are great.

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Haslett, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The Aquarium at the Bay was one of the attractions in our city pass (I would highly recommend the pass - it includes trolley, street cars, buses, and the subway/muni for 7 days.) it was a nice aquarium, not huge, but very nice. The underwater funnels are the best part of the aquarium.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This place is very family oriented and offers a nice view of manta rays and sharks with lots of fishes inside the glass tunnel. They also have areas where children can interact with some of the fishes and games. Definitely recommend it to families with children.

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Hudson, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

what a wonderful Aquarium at Pier 39 .. we went thru and glad we did . I have been to the fabulous Mandalay Bay Aquarium in Las Vegas and this SF Aquarium is just as good .. what a surprise and what a fun place .. if you like Aquariums like I do .. go !!!!

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Highlights included a long underwater walkway where you can see hundreds of types of fish and sea creatures; getting very close to some beautiful and playful otters; discovering all about an octopus; and stroking some sealife. All of the staff were really passionate and helpful. We were in there about an hour. I think that's good value at $21pp.

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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

The interpretation via written signage and knowledgeable staff is great. If you are used to the mega-huge aquariums in some cities that interpret everything from the rain forest to the Arctic, you might be disappointed, because this aquarium is on the smaller size and only concentrates on the San Francisco Bay species of sea life. The underwater/overhead tanks are very... More 

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Edmonds, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We always go to aquariums any chance we get so of course my kids wanted to come to this one when we were staying on Fisherman's Wharf last spring. Unfortunately this one didn't really seem worth the visit this time. It was very small and there was a large school group ahead of us so we weren't really able to... More 

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