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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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Ranked #132 of 374 attractions in San Francisco
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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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new delhi
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The entry into the aquarium cost us about $70 (3 kids, 1 14+ kid, and 2 adults). There are all kinds of sea animals and fishes in the aquarium. Photography is allowed, there are escalators, there are areas where you feel you are surrounded by sea water with animals in them. Kids enjoyed, and we could submit a report for... More

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Chico, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The kids love coming to this aquarium. Kids under 4 are free. It's on the smaller size. Clean and friendly staff. Worth the money. Will visit again soon.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Had a quick visit to the aquarium. I paid full price $23 i think.. For that i expected more than you get, but apparently the full cost of the ticket goes to the upkeep of the animals. Pretty basic aquarium.. A few handling stations which are good for children.. The otters were the highlight.. But was good to see most... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

We picked a busy weekend day to go, using our City Pass ticket. Since it was "free", it was marginal but I would have been very disappointed to spend more than a few dollars on this. Oh my! Way too busy...they need to limit admission numbers. Plus the tunnel concept didn't work for us. I recommend staying away and taking... More

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West Jordan, Utah, United States
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48 reviews 48 reviews
34 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Went to the Aquarium of the Bay because it was part of our City Pass. The good - My girls (8 and 11) loved being able to touch the rays and starfish. The tunnels downstairs were pretty cool too. The bad - Not much to see and it was crowded. Not enough places to sit. I know, I know, you... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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28 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Probably not worth it if you pay full price. But there are lots of places giving u coupons getting a few dollars off. I only went in cos it's part of the city pass and I had a couple of extra hours waiting for friends at the pier/wharf area. It's a small aquarium but kids probably will love it because... More

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stockton on tees
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Having visited the Monterey Bay aquarium earlier this year, I was slightly disappointed with this aquarium. I enjoyed the two tunnels, but felt it was overpriced. If visiting California make the effort and visit the aquarium at Monterey bay,which is far superior.

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San Francisco, California
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35 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

...but I wouldn't not go because of that. Just be aware that this is a small aquarium, somewhat awkwardly laid out; Boston or Baltimore it ain't. Highlights included the jellyfish display and the two underwater tunnels. The otters were having their siesta when we visited.

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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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76 reviews 76 reviews
39 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Went here after lunch while visiting the Wharf. This is a pretty small aquarium and it was $28 a person I believe which is up there for what it was. A much better aquarium is located at the Academy of Sciences. We figured we would go because we were there and visiting from out of state but honestly would have... More

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Northridge
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24 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

There are plenty of fish to see at this aquarium, but what makes it special are to two tubes that you walk through. It's like you are almost inside the huge fish tanks with the sharks and other beautiful sea life. They have a couple touch pools where you can actually touch rays and tide pool creatures. The last exhibit... More

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