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Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco

(2.9/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
At Aquarium of the Bay, more than 20,000 animals are cared for, including approximately 50 sharks of different species. Aquatic animals from San Francisco Bay and its neighboring waters are kept in a range of different satellite tanks and one main tank that features 91 m (300 ft) of underwater tunnels. You'll have an opportunity to touch bat rays, skates, leopard sharks, sea stars, and sea cucumbers. The aquarium offers behind-the-scenes tours as well, where you'll witness how animals are cared for, or feed sharks and other fish. Plan to visit Aquarium of the Bay and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended San Francisco attractions using our San Francisco itinerary planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • If you're at pier 39 and take children okay go, this expensive since you travel in 1 hour, but the tunnels are very much worth
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  • We bought the SF city Pass and it included entry to this. I would choose to go to the aquarium portion of the CA academy of science or the Monterrey Bay Aquarium. It was worth visiting as part of a pa...  more »
  • We spent a little while visiting the Aquarium by the Bay. It is definitely NOT your Monterrey Bay Aquarium. But if you have little children they might enjoy the visit. And we supported the Bay conserv...  more »
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  • EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED AND ANGRY!!! I am a 16 year old girl who went to this aquarium expecting it to be really fun. Despite it being incredibly dull, the staff were not doing their jobs! When my mother and I were viewing the touch tank, 4 girls (around my age) were picking up and relocating starfish, sea cucumbers, and various other creatures. Not only were they moving them (and breaking the two-finger touch rule!) they were picking them up out of the water and kissing them and taking several pictures with them. You might be asking yourselves, why didn't the staff put them in their place? Oh well it's because they staff weren't there. There was no one watching the touch tank where LIVING ANIMALS could have been stolen, hurt, and even KILLED! My mom and I brought this to the attention of one worker, but all she did was call for some one to come to that post. When someone finally arrived, the girls had left. When we were ending out trip, we stopped in the gift shop and while I was filling out their surveys, my stepdad overheard a worker telling someone the price of the pictures you can buy. We had gone earlier and they had told us it was $5 more expensive than what they had been selling it as now. Sounds like some stupid teens trying to make some extra cash if you ask me. After we returned to out hotel I called the aquarium ready to tell them about all of the things that they had done wrong. No one answered. I left a voicemail and it has several months later. No one ever called me back. This trip made me extremely angry and I can promise you that I am never going back to this aquarium again.
  • I really enjoyed my visit of the aquarium. I loved the tunnel plus I have the chance too saw them feed the animals. The tunnel is very long with a lot of beautiful animals and they all came from san francisco bay.
  • Great place to visit and learn that is not too pricy. Staff do care and try to provide the for their species with great knowledge and background.
  • This place is awesome. The tunnel tank is the star of the show. This place isn't that big and it would be hard to spend the whole day here. We spent the afternoon (Two hours) and saw everything.
  • Lots of neat attractions in this smaller aquarium. The coolest parts were definitely the tunnels and the petting pools. Being able to pet a stingray, starfish, and sea anemone was definitely a highlight. If you get the CityPass, this is definitely an attraction to visit.