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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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They have some cool stuff to look at but I think it's mostly for kids. The Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans is way better. The most memorable thing about this place is... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Boutte, Louisiana
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

This is actually quite a small aquarium, you can get round it in an hour but it is really interesting, I loved the part were you get to touch sting rays and starfish

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Boutte, Louisiana
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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

They have some cool stuff to look at but I think it's mostly for kids. The Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans is way better. The most memorable thing about this place is the bit about pollution and for the price I wish they just had more so you get walk around for more than a hour.

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Issaquah, Washington
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101 reviews 101 reviews
29 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed the underwater tunnel view and the otter. Its a smaller aquarium than I have been to before. Was done in a less than a couple of hours. The one thing we were annoyed about was the staff never informed any of us that the elevator is broken. After waiting for more than 15 minutes, we understood that the... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

The aquarium is located on Pier 39 which is the big tourist area at the wharf. We purchased the city pass and aquarium admission was included in the pass. We went first thing in the morning when they opened and pretty much had the place to ourselves. The whole aquarium took us about an hour to get through. In addition... More 

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Sosua, Dominican Republic
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

There are zoo many reasons to visit the Aquarium but the large pacific tank window is one of the most incredible sights you will ever see. I could sit in front of that huge piece of "Glass" and stare for hours. This should be on your bucket list....

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Mexico City, Mexico
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

After a disappoining visit to the highly praised California Academy of Science I ventured another museum dedicated to the nature we live in. And I really liked it. From a didactical point of view it was informative and interesting The highlights were the rooms for the Jelly fish, the Octopus (the film about the tests is a must) and the... More 

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Gold coast
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We went here with our San Fran City pass, have to say it was a pretty average experience. Toured the entire aquarium in about 25mins, nothing special about the place. Was a little disappointing, but sti had some cool exhibits.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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107 reviews 107 reviews
61 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Because I had heard so much about Monteray Bay Aquarium and because it was in the thick of the most touristy section of town, I really didn’t expect much from this aquarium. I went because my daughter loves Aquariums and we both love sea life. I was pleasantly surprised. The aquarium is on multiple levels with each floor of the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This is a terrible excuse of an Aquarium it is small and tiny...quite underwhelming. It is about the same size as the aquarium at the cal academy of sciences. Instead, keep your money and take it to Cal Academy of Sciences and have a better experience.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 via mobile

This aquarium does not worst the price. The visit is short without extraordinary things. The price is too high for that. A lot of other things are better just around.

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