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Sea Lion Center, San Francisco

(4.4/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web)
Operated and managed by Aquarium of the Bay, the Sea Lion Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers free interpretive programs to compliment one of San Francisco’s most popular attractions. Over six million annual visitors will be able to learn all about these boisterous animals through exhibits and one-on-one interactions with naturalists. Guests can learn about these charismatic mammals, their history at PIER 39 and ongoing impacts and challenges to their habitat, as well as what they, as visitors, can do to help. The Sea Lion Center includes a classroom and exhibit space located directly above the sea lions regular hangout on PIER 39’s K-Dock.
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  • Seeing a group of sea lion relaxing in the sun is always interesting. These one are conveniently located right in the middle of the city at Fishermans Wharf. They are a welcome break from the busy, no...  more »
  • My wife and I stopped here to see the sea lions while seeing the sight on Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf. My wife was very excited to see how many see lions were present and to see them swimming and ac...  more »
  • A fun view of sea lions at pier 39. There were a few, I don't know if by the time of year, but I thought it would have more.
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  • Great place for people visiting. Lots of sea lions on docks. Definitely watch out for their wooden rails.... lots of bird poop!
  • A must see that can be found at the end of Peir 39 and it won't cost you a thing. These Sea Lions are great to watch and listen to as they are very vocal. During our visit there was one that had the entire raft to himself and he was keeping it that way. Anytime another one jumped up on his raft he would quickly bump them back into the sea.
  • Un clasico de pier. Pasate y sacate una fotito con estos animalitos.
  • Smells fishy haha. Sea lions were cute! Cracked up at how all the sea lions were piled up on one float and off to the corner, a single sea lion rolled around by itself (I feel it).
  • Great place to visit. I was on the northside and it has less people, a little farther, but still a great view. Just sea lions,.doing sea lion things with their friends. Also, the sunset is a pretty great view.