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Aquarium of the Bay

#78 of 547 things to do in San Francisco Features Animals
Embarcadero & Beach St, Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133
+1 415-623-5300
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US$ 24.95*
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Aquarium of the Bay General Admission
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US$ 84.00*
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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. Please check website for early closure notifications.
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  • Very good36%
  • Average32%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible2%
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“sea life” (69 reviews)
“touch pool” (27 reviews)
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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 2 days ago

As we had young kids (9&5) it was great for them. As for us, been to many aquariums & pretty muh the same as others, just some different fish etc. If you want to do something that doesn't take that long & still a good...More

Thank Foodwinelover6699
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This small aquarium in San Fran is worth the price for admission and the behind the scenes. The entire aquarium took us a little over an hour and then the behind the scenes another hour. Our guide was knowledgeable and the kids loved it. Don't...More

Thank Jwalk777
Reviewed 3 days ago

Enjoyed our tour through the aquarium. Very informative place. Loved walking through the tunnel, experiencing the fish swim beside and above us. You get to touch baby fish; shark, ray, starfish. Brief in terms of content, but still this is a great stop to bring...More

Thank Serge G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Went thru the whole thing in less than 1/2 an hour. Probably good for very small children that haven't had much exposure to aquariums. They did have a nice touch pool for little kids

Thank TravlerMary
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Aquarium of the Bay on San Francisco's Pier 39 is focused on marine life in the bay and neighboring waters. This aquarium comprises two levels; visitor start their tour in the "Discover the Bay" exhibit on level 3, then take an elevator down to...More

Thank Akisato S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Nice and fun for kids. 100% non for profit and most of their collection goes directly to conservation work.

Thank Peter H
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were visiting in California for a family reunion, and had our 12 year old granddaughter with us who had never been to San Francisco. We only had one day to visit SF and were debating where to go. We settled on the Pier 39...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We didn't, and still enjoyed it, but I see that children (of all ages) would love this place. You walk through aquarium tunnels with marine life around you including small sharks, see smaller tanks with different animals and a few land creatures as well. They...More

Thank InaMP
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one option with our city pass. I wish we would've used it on the DeYoung museum instead. It's not bad, just very underwhelming. The otters were cute and the walk through tunnel was cool but that's about it. The California Academy of Science...More

Thank karenpY2042IY
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great for the kids, very interactive and interesting Went on a Sunday evening, lots of people but not too crowded. Tunnels were amazing!! 🐟🐟🐟

Thank Laura-Anne H
Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality
hotels, and good food, there’s something for everyone
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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Questions & Answers
30 November 2015|
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Response from Taylor A | Reviewed this property |
I parked off site and walked (less than 5 minutes). Ended up being less than $10 which is probably the best/safest option.
23 November 2015|
Response from Meredith M | Property representative |
about 1.5 hours