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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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One visiting first time will like it

As this was first ever visit to an Aquarium in the western world, we liked it! There are reportedly very large aquarium around the world which have their own unique features... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Lucknow, India
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Lucknow, India
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122 reviews 122 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

As this was first ever visit to an Aquarium in the western world, we liked it! There are reportedly very large aquarium around the world which have their own unique features, this one would not disappoint to first timers. The place offers quite a good variety of marine life along side some good views of Alcatraz and the Bay Bridge.... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Perhaps we've been spoilt with other aquarium visits (Kelly Tarltons in Auckland, NZ), Underwater World in Mooloolaba Australia) but we expected a lot, and were surprised at how small the aquarium is. It's size meant it didn't offer much that we hadn't seen elsewhere. We were in and out in less than an hour. There was a cute display of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Quite a nice attraction it thought it seemed quite small - my son and I went round it in about an hour - in the London one we spent several hours. Some nice insights into the bay area environment though,

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This is a smaller aquarium, but it was still enjoyable. We had free admission with City Passes, so I'm not sure on the admission cost, but I would have been disappointed if it were high. The glass tunnel is definitely neat, and there's a few interesting exhibits, but it's small as aquariums go and a quick trip.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015 via mobile

Visited the aquarium today with my sis, mom and daughter. Pretty average aquarium. I liked the tunnels those were the highlight. I did not like the touch pools they were very limited and felt the flow was off requiring an elevator constantly. I like the long beach aquarium much much more.

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reading uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

this is a must if you are at fishermans wharf. great aquarium with numerous species to enjoy. the tunnel walks where the fish, sharks swim above you are awesome. it was interesting looking at the octopus, fascinating creature.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The Aquarium was very small and I don't believe I would every go back. The tanks with the fish were cool but that was about all there was to this aquarium. Nothing special.

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Basingstoke
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

So cool to see jellyfish, sharks and octopus up close in the underwater tunnel. The otters are funny too. Can get busy.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

This was my family's first visit to the Aquarium, but for my out-of-town family it was a great opportunity to learn more about marine life in the San Francisco Bay as well as get a good view of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. The facility was well laid out. The staff was kind and knowledgeable. Tickets online were easy... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Very small aquarium but still enjoyable. We loved the walk through tunnels, would have spent much more time there. There is a small petting area with stingrays and starfish towards the end of the tunnels. We thought it was quaint and my 5yr old son had a great time

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Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there's something for everyone at Fisherman's Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone's sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighborhood a true San Francisco treat.
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