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Aquarium of the Bay General Admission

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    What to Expect
    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.
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    Departure Point
    Aquarium of the Bay, Embarcadero & Beach St Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133
    Departure Time
    1/1/2019 - 12/24/2019Monday - Sunday:10:00 AM - 06:00 PM

    12/26/2019 - 12/31/2019Monday:10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
    Tuesday:10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
    Thursday:10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
    Friday:10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
    Saturday:10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
    Sunday:10:00 AM - 06:00 PM

    1/1/2020 - 12/24/2020Monday - Sunday:10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
    • Entry/Admission - Aquarium of the Bay
    • Food and drinks
    • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Free admission for children ages 3 and under
    • Wheelchair and stroller accessible
    • The aquarium is open every day except Christmas Day
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed May 2, 2019

    I've been to a lot of aquariums and I just love what each one has to offer. We went when they first opened and basically has the entire place to ourselves. We were with a toddler and she was hands on everything! It is definitely...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank susand95032
    Reviewed November 6, 2018

    I am a science nerd so i planned to visit the Aquarium while my fiance and I were in SF for a long weekend. When I purchased my ticket i selected a Saturday that way I would have a lot of time to explore the...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    2  Thank Darlene G
    Reviewed August 19, 2018

    The aquarium is very cool it’s right at pier 39 and it was not crowded when we were there the tunnel is very cool there is also free wifi while inside

    Date of experience: August 2018
    2  Thank 48kent
    Reviewed July 31, 2018

    The last thing I wanted to do in San Francisco was visit another aquarium, but my group insisted. As it turned out, it was a good choice that I very much enjoyed. What made this aquarium different was the emphasis on local marine life and...More

    Date of experience: July 2018
    7  Thank suzieraesmom
    Reviewed July 9, 2018

    Over crowded, not proper guidance, and performance event like feeding session is poor. My nine years old could not see the otter feeding since the display window was extremely crowded.

    Date of experience: July 2018
    4  Thank 738mangald
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    May 29, 2019|
    Response from susand95032 | Reviewed this property |
    The aquarium is situated on the wharf. The front doors are on the second level an there is an elevator on the first floor. Just walk in. If you do not have your own vehicle - grab an uber, cab or lyft!
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