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Aquarium of the Bay

Fisherman’s Wharf
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Address: Embarcadero & Beach St, Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133
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+1 415-623-5300
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 8:00 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. Please check website for early closure notifications.

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This is Not your Monterrey Bay Aquarium

We spent a little while visiting the Aquarium by the Bay. It is definitely NOT your Monterrey Bay Aquarium. But if you have little children they might enjoy the visit. And we... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We spent a little while visiting the Aquarium by the Bay. It is definitely NOT your Monterrey Bay Aquarium. But if you have little children they might enjoy the visit. And we supported the Bay conservation, I guess, by our visit.

Thank Ron D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved it! sharks tank and sea otters are so cute! You can touch mantas and starfish and shark`s tank is amazing!

Thank Katia H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This small aquarium really packs a punch in a small place , we had a wonderful time and we walked through the tunnels twice because the kids enjoyed it so much , if you are a member of a reciprocal zoo you can get in for half price , check your zoo to see who they are members with ,... More 

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Wellington, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a nice little aquarium right on the pier. Very cool seven gill sharks and rays. Staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. Otters were cute.

Thank mikefromwellington
West Chicago, il
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cute, small aquarium. It took us just over two hours to walk through and we were going pretty slowly. The highlight is the tunnel, we happened along while divers were feeding rays and anemones. Something to do for a bit if the cost isn't an issue.

Thank Sara M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must see aquarium. There is an aquarium tunnel that you walk through, a see lion observatory, and a 'petting station' for many kinds of sea life. We were able to touch sea cucumbers, star fish, a small shark, and some sting rays, among other things. So cool!!

Thank Chelsea S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We bought City Passes which included the aquarium. It would have been expensive for the short time you would stay there. There are jellies, a touch pool, a walk through glass tunnel that was a bit murky and other interesting animals. Our highlight was seeing the otters being fed. They could do more tricks than our dog! Every staff member... More 

Thank jaynic
Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We come from Vancouver, BC, and there we have an aquarium with endless sea life - including whales, dolphin shows, 4-D shows, endless fish of all sizes, etc. Here in San Fran, the only neat things we saw were the large shark tube tank (where it feels like you're walking under water watching all the sharks swim by & over... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The aquarium is a small privately funded aquarium with rather limited exhibits. We visited the aquarium as it was included in the CityPass package which we had purchased. There are 2 floors of exhibit and we went through them in about 20 minutes. I would suggest to give it a miss especially if you are buying tickets separately.

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Meredith M, Marketing Manager at Aquarium of the Bay, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Aquarium of the Bay. We’d like to share with you that we are a local non-profit, and our focus is on the animals that live in and around the Bay. As part of your ticket, we host several presentations daily that allow guests to meet and learn more about our animals. Most guests take about an... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So not as instructional as other aquariums I've been too. But given the touristy location still a learning experience. Definitely has a cool factor that i did not expect. The guides/workers were super nice & friendly. My family loved the jellies & sharks. I had a City Go SF Pass so waa happy with being covered attraction in the pass.

Thank Smita P

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