Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco

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. Take a look at our San Francisco road trip planning app to schedule your visit to Aquarium of the Bay and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • We used our GoCard for our admission. This isn't the largest aquarium, but it has fascinating sea life to see. Children would live it.  more »
  • Beautiful Aquarium and an obligatory stop for visitors to the PIER 39: it was possible to touch stingrays and one shark thanks to staff of Aquarius. Recommended!
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  • I had read reviews about this place and they let me clear that it is not the best in the aquariums. We went to this place because included us free access by a tour that we buy, otherwise, we would have never been. There is no variety of fish exhibited, the ride is short, and is expensive. If during your visit to the San Francisco area aims to visit an aquarium, located within the Museum of science is better, or even take a spin to the Monterey which is more complete. This is honestly a trap for tourists.
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  • This facility is a huge disappointment. I have been to 7 aquariums across the country and enjoyed all of them large and small. Never have I seen a facility that was so clearly a tourist trap. Buyer beware! In the Jellyfish exhibit half the tanks did not even have the species names on them, what they eat, where they live? Their was no educational meat. The glass was dirty, the water unclear. Their were so few exhibits for 30.00 a ticket! We took our time, but could not drawl out the experience longer then 30 minutes. Which I personally don't think is worth 30.00 a ticket. The gift shop was the cleanest and most updated area of the facility. Which demonstrated to me that making money was the priority over updated tanks and quality immersion learning. If you have plenty of money and an hour to kill you may enjoy the shark tunnel, but don't expect to learn or see a lot of sea life in this facility. IF you want a quality experience I recommend the California Academy of Science. They may be more expensive, but you can easily spend a whole day there and will learn more about the amazing marine life that lives off of our beautiful California coast.
  • Fun place!! Not that great for what you get vs what you pay though. If you’ve been to other aquariums and have loved them and still have access to them, then don’t bother visiting here ... but if this would be your only chance to visit an aquarium, then definitely go! It was fun.
  • I read reviews that mentioned it was a small place, still I thought it would be little bigger. It's pretty small, but it was great fun for the kids, specially when it was their first experience with sea life creatures. Jelly fish exhibit is cool, as well as the shark tunnel.
  • Great place. My now 2 year old has loved this place since she was a baby! Friendly staff. Great price with discounts.
  • Don't waste your money! Disappointing! We spent $84 for a family of four and spent more time waiting in line and for the elevator. It is way to crowded, they have no big sharks, and you have to pay extra to get the cruise. The biggest attraction was an otter and the sting rays!
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