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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

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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Probably best for kids

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... read more

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Jekyll Island, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW 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 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited the San Fransisco bay aquarium with my partner. We were just walking passed and decided to stop by the ticket booth on the footpath. They lady in the booth was friendly and welcoming. It was not to expensive but also not cheap. It was not the biggest aquarium I have ever been too but it was a nice... More 

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Dubbo, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Got discount coupon online when I googled the aquarium. Small but excellent aquarium. Loved the jellyfish on display. Staff were very knowledgeable and helpful. Glad we visited.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We didn't visit the Monterey aquarium as it was $50 a person, so this one seemed a bargain at $25 each! But of course, it is much smaller and with less exhibits. The emphasis is on conservation, and education as to what can be found in local waters (with a tank of exotics thrown in for good measure) The tank... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

staff was awesome, there is a shark section, otter section and more. I got to touch baby stingrays and baby sharks. This is right on the pier 39 area. They took a pic of us which was cool you had the option to buy at the end of your time there I took a ton of pics

Thank luvtattoos
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I agree with others: the place is so small (basically two -very cool- tunnels and a few exhibits and sea otters) and not cheap. Kids will probably like the pools where you can touch different fish and the staff were very friendly and told little stories. However, I wouldn't go again (and could have lived without going at all :/... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have been to aquariums before this one has to rate as one of the most boring and lacking in substance. It's quite small and does not have a very big variety of sea life. The underwater tank you walk through is very limited in the volume of sea life and its dark and dim. I guess it won't... More 

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Mount Joy, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is better for kids than adults - although a bit pricey at $25 for adults. It's a small aquarium with a limited number of exhibits. Need to take an elevator to get to different floors. Although staff tried hard, the shark feeding was poorly done. People were bailing on that after a few minutes. Big focus on protecting environment... More 

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow wow wow! So many complaints, many people saying so expensive, takes under hour to see! Hint or advice, if you have a Zoo Membership to your home town, your home state, it is reciprocal! For Los Angeles Zoo Members think is half price, for us in Oakland and San Francisco, is free! The last few times me or I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As it comes with City Pass; I went. You might not feel that it is of good value if you are not bringing children and the place is small. Smaller than the aquarium at Seattle. I spent 40 minutes in it. Come early!

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