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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
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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, octopuses, otters, underwater tunnels and 20,000 other amazing animals.

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$25*
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Aquarium of the Bay General Admission
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$94*
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$109*
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PIER 39 Attraction Pass

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My wife was so cute enjoying looking at all the critters. We saw some scuba divers too and that was neat. The double door elevator confuses everyone, don't worry! We got to pet a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Michael C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife was so cute enjoying looking at all the critters. We saw some scuba divers too and that was neat. The double door elevator confuses everyone, don't worry! We got to pet a ray, a shark, a cucumber and an anemone!

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Thank Michael C
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Aquarium is nicely set out. It was ok, but honestly we were in and out in 30mins. Obviously, you can spent longer in there, as you can come and go all day, we didn't need to. Younger kids would enjoy it more. Still a nice place to visit though.

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Thank Skybie
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My 11 y/o and I loved this aquarium. The underwater experience with sharks and other fish and the hands on pools to pet and feed sharks were our biggest highlights. Loved the jellyfish as well. Beware parents, there are fun things in the gift shop!

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Thank Blair M
Kennesaw, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Do not waste your money and time here. It is not a good aquarium. Decent jellyfish exhibit, but that's about it. Seems worn. Touch pool is only 2 rays, one who stayed where you couldn't touch him. Go instead to the California academy of science. Way way better aquarium with penguins, coral reef colorful fish, "twilight" dark dwelling fish, albino... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed our visit to the aquarium today. Very busy and a bit crowded but staff Verbally educating was a joy. Several exhibits I've not seen before. Touch exhibits was a nice touch for the children.

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Thank MichelleB1101
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Its a beaultiful place to spend some time with family and mostly with kids. There you can pet little sharks and see the amazing jellyfish show.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The river otters were so fun to watch. The entire aquarium is set up nicely. The "petting" area is fun with sting rays, a shark and some star fish. One of the nice attractions is that you can come and go all day. This was the only attraction like that. This activity was included with our Go Card (San Francisco).... More 

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Larkspur, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This little underwater aquarium is actually quite nice. It is situated at Pier 39 where all the touristy stuff takes place so I expected it time a bit cheesie. It turned out to be very informative, relaxing and like a mini Montary Bay Aquarium.

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Sun City, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Small Aquarium located at Pier 39. Great for kids. Being at SFO Bay we kind of expected more after having been to the Long Bch & Monterey ones, but still a nice diversion from all the shops.

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Fort Bragg, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The positives about the visit to the aquarium are the tunnels that you walk through and you can see so many of the sea creatures there, up close and personal! And the touching ponds where you can use one finger to touch a starfish or skate. The less than positive are the confusing way to make your way around -... More 

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