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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
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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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.

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Nice acquarium with excellent information

So glad we made this a stop! Not a very large aquarium, but very nicely done with a lot of great information. Located at Pier 39 (also part of the Citygo pass) it was easy to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Andrea R
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

So glad we made this a stop! Not a very large aquarium, but very nicely done with a lot of great information. Located at Pier 39 (also part of the Citygo pass) it was easy to get to and we learned a lot. Especially about the sea lions that hang out at the pier 39 harbor! There is also another... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We just didn't feel like this had enough bag for the buck. Apparently there is an octopus exhibit, but that was all down while we were there. We did enjoy the otters at the end, but otherwise this was kind of ho hum. We had been at another aquarium in Crescent City that had much better exhibits and was much... More 

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Raytown, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a decent attraction.I've been to other aquariums before and this one was ok.It has touchtanks and a tunnel into a aquarium where sharks and other fish would swim above you and around you..They had other cool exhibts.Its just a decent aquarium because its not as good as other aquarium I've been to.I liked this aquarium but it wasnt... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The price would have you believe that the aquarium would offer a few hours of viewing pleasure; however it's so small you can be done in 30 minutes even if you wonder slowly.

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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to many aquariums around the US,this was one of the lower on the Totem poles. If was just Bay fish, nothing exciting at all. For 25 bucks a person, stay home. Cool jelly fish .. but that's about all. A bummer

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Far Nor Cal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are some great views to be had from the upper levels of the aquarium- both of the city and the bay. The aquarium hosted a "Fish Eye View" of Bay Area waters, including how the ocean dwellers have adapted to the litter left behind by those of us on land. The exhibits were well done and most were hands... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed the layout of the different levels to view. I especially enjoyed the touching room, I was able to touch and feed the stingrays and baby sharks as well as the starfish. The tunnel of marine life was also breathtaking also.

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McKinney, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good place for the entire family! I especially loved seeing the otters! There's a nice gift shop located inside the aquarium. I found a lot of reasonable priced souvenirs!

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Chandler, Arizona, United States
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I visited the Aquarium of the Bay in SF while on vacation. My wife is an aquarium fanatic so we have visited many across the country. I have to say that this one was one of the biggest disappointments of our trip. Our City Pass ticket booklet offered a visit to either this aquarium or the Monterey... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for all ages! I loved looking at all of the jellyfish! An impressive underground tank has all of the local sea life (sting rays & leopard sharks were my favorites) that you are completely surrounded by. You also get to touch baby sting rays & starfish. My kids loved it!

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