Located at San Francisco’s ever-popular Pier 39 along the Embarcadero, the Aquarium of the Bay offers an educational look at local sea life.
A general admission ticket gives you quick access to all of the aquarium’s main exhibit areas, all of which focus of the marine life of San Francisco Bay and nearby waters. Together, the exhibits are home to more than 20,000 sea creatures. Stay all day if you wish. The aquarium is yours to explore at your own pace.
Discover the Bay Exhibit:
Ever wonder why anchovies swim in schools, or what life is like for a newly hatched skate in San Francisco Bay? You’ll learn answers to questions like these in the Discover the Bay exhibit area, which is also where you’ll find some of the bay’s brightest sea creatures, including green moray eels and California’s state marine fish, the orange garibaldi.
Under the Bay Exhibit:
Thousands of marine animals, including octopuses, swim above and around you as you meander along a 300-foot (90-meter) tunnel system of clear glass. You’ll see moon jellies and Pacific sea nettles, giant sea bass and colorful starfish, and deepwater fish such as leopard and soupfin sharks.