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Aquarium of the Bay

The Embarcadero at Beach St., Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Fisherman's Wharf)
415 623 5300
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Ranked #123 of 361 attractions in San Francisco
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Type: Aquariums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Walking
Description: Visitors view two large saltwater tanks that are filled with the many types of marine wildlife found in San Francisco Bay.
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Arlington, Virginia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
21 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We went to the Aquarium because it was included in our CityPASS. We were pleasantly surprised to find that it was large, with interesting and well-conceived displays, and as much fun as it was educational. Definitely a great destination for families, even those with older kids, or adults who enjoy aquariums and marine life.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

This is a rather small aquarium compared to ones I've been to in Asia. I got discounted tickets online. My kids (6 and 3 years old) really enjoyed the tunnel and feeling pools.

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Melbourne, Australia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
13 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Such a disappointment after having visited some world-class aquariums in other cities for a much cheaper price. It was a total waste of money - not much to look at and badly maintained. The venue is so small we had finished our visit in about 30 minutes which is ridiculous considering it cost over $60 for three tickets. The staff... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Good break from the cold (or rainy) outdoors! Kids will enjoy, as there are numerous interactive areas for kids to touch and see the animals up close. Friendly staff.

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Watford, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Worth a visit if you want to escape the rain but not much there. The moving walkway through the underwater tunnels is good, but that is pretty much it! The new otter experience is disappointing - they sleep all day so you are looking at a large enclosure with two sleeping black blobs in the corner! This is included on... More

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Alturas, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We has fun, we got to feed the star fish and sea enemies. The under water tanks are way cool The price was a bit high but we were pleased to find out that they are a non profit so all the money goes straight to the animals . The octopus was amazing and fun. It is a bit small... More

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Saint Charles, Missouri
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

It was a nice aquarium, the staff was great, but it was a bit small for what you get. I did appreciate the staff; when the otters were asleep during our visit, someone at the front desk told us we could come back later as our passes were good all day--and she told us the average time the otters are... More

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Big Bear Lake, California
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64 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

While visiting San Francisco my wife and I purchased a City Pass, which contains several vouchers for tourist sites around the City. One of the vouchers includes the ability to visit either the Aquarium of the Bay or the Monterey Aquarium. The Aquarium of the Bay is a nice place to take your kids to educate them about the sea... More

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Lombard, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

It's small. It's not cheap. I have been to a decent number of aquariums when traveling and this one is the smallest by a lot. I was done with the whole thing in about 25 minutes. There is just not much to see. Oddly however they have a cage with a possum.

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139 reviews 139 reviews
28 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I love aquariums and I've visited a few from around the US and Asia. This small aquarium is not bad, although it is a bit pricey given what one gets to see ... then again it is right smack in the middle of the Embarcadero/ Pier 39/Fisherman's Wharf tourist zone. For someone who has never visited a 'modern' aquarium, then... More

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