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Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco

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Zoo / Aquarium
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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  • This is the smallest and least interesting aquarium I've been to, and it wasn't that cheap. There is an initial room with some local fishes that looks like 1/10th of the similar exhibit at Monterey Ba...  more »
  • My grown son wanted to visit the Aquarium. You enter and see some of it then take an elevator down and then an elevator up. It was fun to walk under the overhead aquarium. There was a touch and feel a...  more »
  • We visited because it was included in the Citypass. Is at the beginning of Pier 39 and is not very big. Includes a path between basins that expose the Bay environments. Interesting two tanks to tunnel, in which the fish swim beside and above us. One of these is dedicated to the sharks that live in the Bay and you understand, although not large, how difficult it was to flee to swims from Alcatraz, also for the strong currents. Still, I think if we had had to pay the ticket, I would be disappointed.
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  • Good sized aquarium with two fun exhibit tunnels and petting pools. The aquarium is not as big as others, but I feel it was just in the right size to spend an hour and a half with kids. They get to see all the exhibits and not get completely exhausted. Be sure to look for online coupons that are available year-round and will cut your costs.
  • I'd probably rate this place at 4.5 stars, but the animals here are amazing. The jellyfish lighting up in the water is so addictive. The leopard sharks and bat rays are also pretty cool, and while there are many types of fish and starfish, the main event of this place would be probably the tide pool. Touching the sting ray, skate, and shark is sure to be an amazing feeling for you. The water is quite cold, but once you touch one animal, your mind will be focused on touching the other animals instead of the chilly water coming on your hands. Overall the animals her are definitely 5stars. The only complaint I have about this aquarium is the small puny size it is. It should be for sure bigger. Staff is very good though. They know every fish in the tanks you are looking at, and can answer any of your question with all your knowledge. Overall, this place will probably be a blast for you. I recommend this place to anyone deciding to visit here.
  • I disagree with the other reviewers. This aquarium while not overpriced is somewhat uninteresting. the other reviewers must be easily amused. There is a hands on area where you can touch the stingrays. Did they mention that? Please don't eat stingrays. There are jellyfish yes and you can buy jellyfish and keep them at home in a tank real ones.
  • Was fortunate enough to bring my daughter here for her birthday. She had a wonderful time. Can't say enough about how enjoyable our time was here. The under tunnel sharks were the coolest.
  • My children and I loved the SF aquarium. As an adult I enjoyed the underwater tunel aquariums. My two young children LOVED petting the stingrays. The staff were friendly and interactive with my children.