Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco

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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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  • Relatively small aquarium concentrating on local marine life- but very well done. 2 walk ways with mainly fish from the Bay, touch pools were you can stroke rays sharks anemones and star fish. Amazing...  more »
  • Cute but very small and expensive. Without the city pass, not recommended for shopping overwhelming. Not worth it unless you have a child who has not seen yet an aquarium
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  • Considering the location and the tourist crowds I would have expected something a bit larger here. I figure that a good visit would consume about 2 hours time. While initially I found it to be a bit p...  more »
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  • The Aquarium was a spur of the moment decision for my wife and I. Mostly to get out of a hot day outside, but we also love sea creatures. Walking through the tubes seeing all of the sharks was awesome. Being able to touch a stingray was also a lot of fun and a great experience. Don't be discouraged if you don't see the otters moving/swimming around. The staff told us they sleep like 16 hours a day, so naturally when we saw them they were sleeping. You also get to see some jellyfish which with the lighting looks really cool. It wasn't the biggest aquarium, but we were able to spend an hour or so and had a fun time
  • Really compacted Aquarium, for what little space they have it's not too shabby. A little pricey for how much they offer but it helps to think that it goes to a great cause. You enter on the 3 floor; as you make your way through the first exhibits (small aquatic animals) you get to an elevator where a knowledgeable person is operating the elevator. After the elevator reaches the first floor, you exit and enter the jellyfish exhibits which leads to the ocean tunnels where you will see the larger fish (sharks, sting-rays, etc.). This all wraps around back to the elevator. Taking a step back into the elevator, you will be taken to the second floor where you will be able to touch the aquatic life. At the end of these exhibits is the otter exhibit tucked away in a corner by the gift shop entrance. All in all it was a fairly average experience; it was a hot, sunny day when we visited the aquarium.. It was pretty humid and slightly unpleasant with the size of the crowd that was there that day.
  • The shark tunnel is cool, where you can see various kinds of sharks. And my kids liked the place where they can touch fin fish. But the site is so small so that 1.5 hours would be enough to watch. Presentations are educational and interesting so another 30 minutes are easily spent when the timing is right though.
  • It's a great place to take the kids. The problem is that it is REALLY small and it gets pretty crowded. The price is a bit high since you will finish going through the whole thing in less than an hour. Buy the kids did enjoy it, especially the tank tunnels, those were awesome!
  • Not as big or spacious as I thought. Definitely not small either. Prefect size aquarium to visit. Not much to do inside and a bit stuffy at times.

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