Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco

Aquarium · Hidden Gem · 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. 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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  • Pros - 1. the location is good, on pier 39 and have tons of other things you can do. 2. Well managed Cons - 1. Expensive - $29 for adult. You can finish it in one hour easily. 2. Small with...  more »
  • Don’t expect a huge aquarium from the beginning and you will enjoy the experience. It’s well done and the staff is very friendly, even the intoxicated person in the otter costume. Adds to the...  more »
  • To be honest we only went because we were short on time and had a pass with attraction inclusions - many of which we couldn't use! The aquarium is quite expensive really if you look at the admission.....  more »
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  • It was pretty good. Wasn't a fan of the long tubes, they made me really dizzy. However it was nice to see an assortment of local fish etc and to learn about the area. They had a lot of great exhibits and really the dizziness from the long water tubes is probably more personal. Overall it was a good experience if you like aquariums.
  • The aquarium was very nice and unique to the animals of the area. It had several animals I had never seen before and offered unique exhibits and interactive opportunities. I enjoyed the sea otters and Alcatraz sharks the most. It has a gift shop but no food area. However the aquarium is located in the heart of the pier with tons of stores and restaurants as well as additional activities to participate in.
  • I am most familiar with state run aquariums. For me the aquarium was a below these in interest and conservation information. We saw some great exhibits. The jellyfish, tunnel, and touch tank were the highlights. There was a very cool octopus exhibit. We had teenagers and a 10 year old and it was enjoyable. I don't think it is worth $30 for an adult ticket because you only spend a few hours there. I would like to see more art and conservation programs.
  • Fun aquarium. They have quite a good range of exhibits. There's an awesome under water tunnel with sharks even. We also loved the jelly fish. Fun for kids and adults. Good for a couple hours entertainment. Come. See. Marvel.
  • Nice tunnel style aquarium. Long waits for elevator when busy. Fairly small but nicely set up. Ray touch tank is fun. Kids also loved the interactive video screen time with the dinosaur. Pricey but its right on the pier. Convenient and easy to find.

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