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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 #129 of 375 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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Sacramento
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I was lucky to find a groupon for $59 for a season pass for 4. We had a great time and I look forward to going back.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Visited this place today...don't expect large number of aquatic animals here....but whatever they have is worth watching. Main lobby exhibits are very beautiful, river otters were so entertaining and huge octopus stole the show. Main attraction are the tunnels with awesome views of sharks and fishes. We completed it in less than two hours. A quick trip to this aquarium... More

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Simi Valley, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

OK ... this was my second time to the Aquarium. The first was 20 years ago when my children were young. Loved it then. Seemed very airy and open and light in the tunnel. Now that they have a second story the tanks are very dark and so they have lights above that provide a glare that makes it hard... More

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Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I had read a lot of reviews of people feeling this was not worth going to. I have been to many aquariums and I think this one is just as good as all the rest. The staff is friendly and very willing to answer any questions you have. Nice and worth the stop.

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Sacramento
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I've been here probably twice. It was a fun and interesting visit both times. The sharks are really cool to look at up close. I'll probably come here quite a few more times once I have kids.

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Calgary, Canada
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256 helpful votes 256 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I guess ..... My daughter who's 9 loved it but I just found it a bit crowded and formulaic with the conveyer belt shark tank with none too big sharks and a few of the fish in too small tanks and a few land animals making up the numbers and a fair number of empty tanks, staff very enthusiastic but... More

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new delhi
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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 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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Amanda O, Marketing and Communications at Aquarium of the Bay, responded to this review

Hi Steph, Thank you so much for the feedback. I want to let you know that a full price ticket to Aquarium of the Bay is $21.95, but you can purchase tickets on our website at a discount of $19.95. Those that live in the San Francisco Bay Area receive a locals discount as well. The admission price goes beyond... More

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

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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