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Aquarium of the Bay

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Discover the beauty and diversity of Northern California aquatic life at Aquarium of the Bay. Located on the historic San Francisco waterfront at PIER 39, the Aquarium is home to more than 20,000 marine animals including sleek sharks and rays...more
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Embarcadero & Beach St, Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133
Fisherman’s Wharf
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Located adjacent to Pier 39 in the Fisherman’s Wharf. The staff here hit hard on mans’ impact on the marine environment. They had some great exhibits. Loved the tube aquariums and the river otters.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank packd2013
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It was fun! My daughter was here already third time and she is excited every time when we come to SFO we have to come to visit sharks!!!!

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Riktere
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hesitant about going here but not disappointed. Pretty well-presented aquarium with great viewing and lots of information. Enjoyed the day here immensely.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank mamiab
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed this aquarium with all of its jelly fish and local sea creatures. It even had a petting pool, where kids and adults can touch the animals - very cool.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Walter f
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The aquarium seemed huge from outside but it was a big disappointment. Been to other aquariums that are much better. Not enough room for high traffic. Only two elevators to access the lower level. Was there for about 30 min to see everything. Only cool...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Lizette M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a nice way to spend some time while at Fisherman's Wharf. It is not a particularly large or memorable aquarium.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank John and Sarah S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family loved the aquarium. We loved that you can touch a bat ray. The bat ray and the otter was our favorite.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Jenn S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are only four main rooms in the entire aquarium. The first room has some local? fish (Most of the information placards are in rotating languages and I did not have the patience to wait for English every time.). It was about a 500 sq....More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank corbyers111
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I took my 13yr old son and he really enjoyed it. Its not very big only took an hour or so to see and do it all.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Todd N
Reviewed June 15, 2019 via mobile

Nice place to go and can watch different fishes, turtles, etc. It is worth to go and the people are nice there too. I really like to go to tunnel to watch the fishes. Very beautiful.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank elizachik
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November 21, 2018|
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Response from Nicebuns74 | Reviewed this property |
Hi hun I’m sorry I wouldn’t know, was there on my 1st wedding anniversary. Maybe if you google it it should be able to get up to date opening times. Sorry I couldn’t help, hope you enjoy it.
October 14, 2018|
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Response from Nicebuns74 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are plenty of them.
Thuy T
September 24, 2018|
Response from RVIDI | Reviewed this property |
Per their website, kids 3 and under are free. Kids 4-12 are about $13.