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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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Nice but expensive.

We visited it because it was included in our Go Pass. It features some beautiful jelly fish and an impressive walk through/under aquarium. You're able to touch some living fish... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Berchem-Antwerp
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22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

We visited it because it was included in our Go Pass. It features some beautiful jelly fish and an impressive walk through/under aquarium. You're able to touch some living fish and that was a cool experience. However I'm glad I didn't have to pay the entrance fee, I felt this was a little steep for what you get.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

So if you have some time to spare before or after the trip to Alcatraz, this is a quieter place to do it off the busy piers. It is very fun and relaxing with the bay wildlife and I loved the fish and shark tunnels. It is a great place for kids because you can pet/touch some of the sea... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

It is a small aquarium, but very nice. They have some good information about the area marine animals. We are members at our local zoo, so we showed our passes and got 50% off admission. Not sure it is worth the full price to enter.

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Bellingham, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is a small aquarium compared to Monterey Bay or other aquariums we have visited. That being said I can say we preferred it to the Monterey Aquarium which was so crowded the day we were there we weren't really able to see many of the exhibits. We especially enjoyed the tunnels and jellyfish. Several reviewers have mentioned the price,... More 

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Roswell, Georgia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I'm sure when it opened, it was state of the art. But in today's world it is over priced. I spent only 30 minutes walking the entire aquarium. Perhaps I'm spoiled by my local aquarium. You also need to pick your timing carefully, as some of the animals were snoozing while I was there. Forcing you to walk through the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

You can find coupons along the pier if you want to save a few dollars per person. It's a smaller aquarium but we loved it. My sons was so delighted we went through a second time. They have a nice selection of fish species and the layout was nice. For the price I think it's a good attraction!

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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

It is a nice aquarium but small. It is less than 1/4 the size of the Atlanta or Tennessee aquariums. It is conveniently located at Pier 39 and is something to do to pass the time.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The San Francisco Bay Aquarium by Pier 39 is a pretty small aquarium. Well kept. Nice staff. Not so many information posters. It will take you about an hour to look at all the displays. I found the jellyfish exhibition to be the most interesting. The underwater tunnel is also nice. Quite pricey when you compare to other larger aquariums.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We liked this aquarium I would say our favorite aquarium would be the Shedd in Chicago but for a smaller aquarium this was nice, the people here were all very nice and shared lots of information, the touch pools were cold due to the water coming straight from the bay but had several different animals you could touch, our favorite... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The aquarium was very well kept & clean...interesting displays & very informational. However it was by far the tiniest one I've ever been to. This would be great for a 2-3 hour trip to entertain yourself or kids....not a whole day event.

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Address: The Embarcadero at Beach St., Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: +1 415-623-5300
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Fisherman’s Wharf

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