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Aquarium of the Bay

The Embarcadero at Beach St., Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Fisherman's Wharf)
+1 415-623-5300
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Type: Aquariums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Walking
Owner description: Aquarium of the Bay is located along San Francisco's walkable waterfront at PIER 39. See sharks, octopuses, otters, underwater tunnels and 20,000... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Lake Ridge, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Loved the aquarium! Three floors of wonderful tanks filled with active sea life. There are beautiful tunnels where fish, sharks, star fish and other interesting Marine life floated all around us. The jelly fish display and octopus tank were fascinating! I highly recommend you work this into your Pier 39 plans!

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northeast ohio
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

It's a decent little aquarium and we had a good time. It's right at Pier 39, so it's worth the visit. We used our city pass to get in, so the cost was covered. It was a little on the small side, and sometimes awkward to navigate, but they have some really nice displays that were clean and had easy... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Nice place to spend a few hours. I enjoyed the displays of jelly fish and many other marine creatures that call this area home. Very happy that they did not have any marine mammals in captivity, and you can watch the seals in the wild for free just a short distance away. Popular with children.

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London, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This place great to visit. You can see glass tunnel and a lot fish around. Very impressive. Great touch area.

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69 reviews 69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This aquarium is fairly small with a few exhibits. The shark walk is the coolest part. Worth going to if you are at the wharf and have kids. Otherwise the Steinhart aquarium in Golden Gate park is a much larger and nicer aquarium.

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North UK
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We arrived an few hours early for another trip so had time to shape and decided to go into the aquarium to kill some time. It was nice, smaller than I imagined and I have been to better, but was still worth a visit as a nice way to get out of the SF heat for sometime. We only stayed... More

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Ridgewood, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This aquarium is very small. And to maneuver through it is frustrating. It consists of 3 floors, you start off on the top floor that's relatively short, then you have to go down to the last floor which is probably the best of all the floors because it has 2 tunnels where you walk through a huge tank. Once you're... More

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Rosebud, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Not what I thought it would be. Two,floors and lots,of,very sick fish in the tube. The moving,floor,was not,working.

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Parksville, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

A well organised aquarium of local and exotic sea life. An amazing tunnel with fish swimming all around.

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Boston
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Had a great time going through this aquarium. The exhibits were great, some hands on. The staff was super friendly and helpful. Best part was the underwater aquarium tunnel! I'm from Boston, and wish our aquarium would do a feature like this. You really got a chance to see some amazing sea life up close! Will absolutely do this again!

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