We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book a Stay + Win a Getaway Book your hotel on TripAdvisor and you could win a great trip!

Aquarium of the Bay

Fisherman’s Wharf
As featured in Along the water front
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: The Embarcadero at Beach St., Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: +1 415-623-5300
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Aquarium of the Bay is located along San Francisco's walkable waterfront at...

Aquarium of the Bay is located along San Francisco's walkable waterfront at PIER 39. See sharks, otters, underwater tunnels, and 20,000 other amazing animals.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission
More Info
and up
San Francisco CityPass
More Info
and up
PIER 39 Attraction Pass

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,166 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 200
  • 303
    Very good
  • 299
  • 78
  • 28
Great Little Aquarium

Got a voucher for the Aquarium with my City Pass and I'm glad I paid a visit. All the sea life is local to the Bay so it's interesting to see what's under the sea you're looking... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Wales, United Kingdom
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

1,166 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 908: English reviews
Wales, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
92 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Got a voucher for the Aquarium with my City Pass and I'm glad I paid a visit. All the sea life is local to the Bay so it's interesting to see what's under the sea you're looking over. There was a huge sea bass that was being fed by divers, not the sort of thing you normally get to see.... More 

Thank Mogster2014
Level Contributor
626 reviews
246 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The aquarium is worth a visit to once again walk through a glass tunnel and see sharks, sturgeon, rock fish etc. swimming around. The touch pool is interesting to let you feel the surface of the marine animals (sea cucumbers were the strangest). The attendant on duty made quite sure that touching was with one finger only - and was... More 

Thank GerMar60
Folsom, California
Level Contributor
39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I took the ferry from Tiberon (highly recommended, but that is another review) across the bay with my 8 year old granddaughter. We were walking around when she saw the aquarium sign at Pier 39 and begged me to take her. What could a grandmother do? We went in, of course! This is a non-profit organization that highlights the wildlife... More 

Thank Catherine N
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED AND ANGRY!!! I am a 16 year old girl who went to this aquarium expecting it to be really fun. Despite it being incredibly dull, the staff were not doing their jobs! When my mother and I were viewing the touch tank, 4 girls (around my age) were picking up and relocating starfish, sea cucumbers, and various other... More 

Thank alexis a
Miami Beach, Florida
Level Contributor
165 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were visiting Pier 39 and noticed the Aquarium. Everyone wanted to go inside. This a a not for profit that benefits the local sea life conservation. It is small but there are a lot of fun exhibits. You start in the area seeing sea life in tanks and the walk thru area where the fish are swimming all around... More 

Thank risitodeplata
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I took my 2yo here & she loved it. Cool little exhibits as we walked in including Nemo & Dory then downstairs to underwater tunnels to see big fish & sharks. Nice finish with some reptiles & otters.

Thank AmberTurner
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Small aquarium, ideal when pressed for time. Interesting jellyfish and otters exhibitions. Fun for all age groups.

1 Thank Manuela S
Level Contributor
11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Purchased the San Fran Go Card, I highly recommend that. This was one of the attractions included. We spent may be 1.5 hours there while we took advantage of the other sites on Pier 39. Great for children and adults as well.

1 Thank A J
Level Contributor
31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the Aquarium of the Bay for an afternoon spent at Pier 39. Found the aquarium a enjoyable experience. Love the underwater tunnel and it was really nice to have staff members close by to answer any questions. They were very knowledgable and friendly. Also loved the river otters, fell in love with their cute faces. We even saw "Dory"... More 

3 Thank cravenfo
Jekyll Island, Georgia
Level Contributor
360 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I had a few hours to kill on our last day and decided to visit here. Tickets are $25 ... a lot in my opinion for what you actually see inside. We were done in about 45 minutes and probably would have been through sooner except we had to dodge a lot of kids and babies in... More 

1 Thank cathyd

Travelers who viewed Aquarium of the Bay also viewed


Been to Aquarium of the Bay? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Aquarium of the Bay and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Orinda, California
11 months ago
11 months ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Aquarium of the Bay staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Fisherman’s Wharf

Neighborhood Profile
Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there's something for everyone at Fisherman's Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone's sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighborhood a true San Francisco treat.
Explore this neighborhood