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Aquarium of the Bay

#83 of 550 things to do in San Francisco Features Animals
Embarcadero & Beach St, Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133
+1 415-623-5300
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Aquarium of the Bay is located along San Francisco's walkable waterfront at PIER 39. See sharks, otters, underwater tunnels, and 20,000 other amazing animals. Please check website for early closure notifications.
  • Excellent21%
  • Very good36%
  • Average32%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible2%
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Embarcadero & Beach St, Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133
Fisherman’s Wharf
+1 415-623-5300
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We arrived early, before 10am and they tickets were each $10 which I would advise taking advantage of since this quite small and doesn't take more than an hour to walk thru. We parked in the garage across the street which costs $10 an hour...More

Thank Megan T
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We should have known better but the day was chilly and we wanted to get insiders warm up. $100 later we enter the aquarium. 3 small floors of mediocre displays. The anchovy tank was the highlight and downhill from there. Where were the 'sharks of...More

Thank treetopstexas
Reviewed 1 week ago

We got tickets to do this with the City Pass. It was fun for a quick walk through, and there are opportunities to touch a few of the creatures. I felt a little dizzy going through the under water tunnels so I probably went through...More

Thank FamilyOrganizer523
Reviewed 1 week ago

THis is a great aquarium and it is very educational. The staff is very informative and helpful. This is a small aquarium though and do not expect the visit to last more than 45-60 minutes.

Thank Michael T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First of all the go pass is a must. It gives you so many options of things to do. When we visited the aquarium the staff was very helpful. We happened to be there at shark feeding time which was pretty cool. You can have...More

Thank Dawne M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We bought tickets to go around here, like others hoping to pass some time away. Unfortunately, the experience was over in well under an hour. Don't get me wrong, there are some excellent things here (the tunnel, being able to touch fish and the brilliant...More

Thank Jimmyh432014
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can see everything in a little over an hour here, so it's not a huge aquarium, but there's a lot of variety of Marine life to see and learn about. We really enjoyed the underwater tunnel aquarium and the touch pools.

Thank jcliffeg
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's not a big aquarium like I am used to but it was a nice visit. I like the sharks and chinchilla.

Thank Karen W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

OK, it's not Monterey Bay Aquarium, but it's actually really well made. And you'll probably pass it anyway. It only takes an hour or so. Don't miss the feeding of the otters. And the touch bassins are really nice

Thank frankolsendk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a few hours between visiting Alcatraz and a late whale watching your, so we went to the aquarium. As a young couple we thought it would pass an hour or two, we were round the exhibit in half an hour. The tunnels seemed...More

Thank Becky21061992
Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality
hotels, and good food, there’s something for everyone
at Fisherman’s Wharf. From street performers and
historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a
postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner.
Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded
with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while
Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone’s sweet tooth
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30 November 2015|
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Response from Taylor A | Reviewed this property |
I parked off site and walked (less than 5 minutes). Ended up being less than $10 which is probably the best/safest option.
22 November 2015|
Response from Meredith M | Property representative |
about 1.5 hours