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Aquarium of the Bay

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Open Now: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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“sea life”(74 reviews)
“star fish”(34 reviews)
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
+1 415-623-5300
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We came here with our little one who did enjoy the sealife but for $28 / adult, I expected more. Its pretty much 1 loop where you see the aquarium from the bottom, which was cool. But thats pretty much it. There is another floor...More

Thank lilrox724
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This aquarium is what I thought it would be (an aquarium), but my daughters (even teenagers!) really enjoyed it. It kind of took my girls back to when they were little. But, they did ask to go there-I didn’t force it.

Thank 463leahh
Reviewed 1 week ago

We LOVED this aquarium. Yes, it's way smaller than the Shedd in Chicago, etc. but it's perfect for a young kid. There is so much to do in San Francisco, it's nice to have smaller but high quality attractions. The two underwater tunnels were so...More

Thank J D
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spend two hours in the aquarium of the bay, it is like walking under the sea, a great variety of fish and other marine species, a place to enjoy marine life.

Thank pablo v
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice place with some good exhibits. But variety is very limited. It certainly it does not live up to the hype around it. If you have some time to kill and you are in the area, it is an OK place to visit. But nothing...More

1  Thank SeshKomanduri
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have never been to any aquariu, ever that has really made me say 'wow' and this is probably one to add to the list. THe underwater tunnels are pretty neat. We went early in the morning so skipped thew crowds. They have a couple...More

1  Thank kpounds26
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This aquarium near Fishermans Wharf has some good exhibits but is fairly limited for the cost of entry.

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Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

Rude, uninformed, uninterested staff and limited exhibits make this aquarium a must skip. It’s unfortunate because if the staff seemed to enjoy their jobs more, the limited exhibits could have been at least enjoyable. Waste of money.

Thank wccope
Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

This was just after pier 39. Its nice escape from the heat for a half hr or so. Tickets were $17 each i think. Inside are eels sharks and turtles and many more. There is an awesome half moon tank you can walk under. Worth...More

Thank BrendanD382
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

This aquarium is average at best. You would be far better served going to the aquarium at the academy of the sciences which is incredibly well done. They have tons of super cool animals I had never seen in an aquarium before (mantis shrimp!) and...More

2  Thank Christina S
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Fisherman’s Wharf
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at Fisherman’s Wharf. From street performers and
historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a
postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner.
Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded
with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while
Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone’s sweet tooth
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14 October 2018|
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Response from Nicebuns74 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are plenty of them.
Thuy T
24 September 2018|
Response from RVIDI | Reviewed this property |
Per their website, kids 3 and under are free. Kids 4-12 are about $13.
Thuy T
24 September 2018|
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Response from Nicebuns74 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, No children under 3 are free