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Aquarium of the Bay

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Closed Now: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission
from US$19.50*
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission
from US$19.50*
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“star fish”(34 reviews)
Discover the beauty and diversity of Northern California aquatic life at Aquarium of the Bay. Located on the historic San Francisco waterfront at PIER 39, the Aquarium is home to more than 20,000 marine animals including sleek sharks and rays...more
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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 1 week ago

I wanted to like this aquarium. The problem is, I grew up going to the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. I am spoiled. Aqurium of the Bay is small. It has a lot of local sea creatures, which is nice, but not much more....More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Managed to do the whole aquarium in under 45 minutes. Was very underwhelmed with the experience. Having visited aquariums in the UK in much smaller towns, I really expected to see a lot more with it being a larger city. A lot of areas ‘under...More

Thank MeganG2048
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed my visit to the Aquarium of the Bay. The underwater tunnels are huge and have a large variety of fish to see, some are huge! The schooling fish in their thousands are amazing to watch too. Definitely worth a visit if you have some...More

Thank BenHarris
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I live in Atlanta, and the aquarium here is like the 6th largest in the world. And nearby Chattanooga aquarium is pretty large as well. So I didn’t expect to be blown away by this little aquarium when my wife and I visited SF the...More

Thank Brian L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Small but interesting place for everyone.. does not take much time to visit so kids dont get tired and bored. But memories will be unforgettiable

Thank Afag A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really lovely to walk around. Once you go in your given a stamp in the inside of your wrist so you can come and go all day of you like. It’s probably about 30min to a hour to walk round. It’s definitely worth a visit...More

Thank Nicebuns74
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

not somewhere one should go if on a tight schedule. very limited aquarium and things to see. would not recommend it. there are many other things to do & see in SF

Thank Louis L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The experience hinges on people using 2 very slow elevators. You get stuck in claustrophobic tunnels waiting for them and there is no staff directing traffic or helping people find egress. It might be ok if its not crowded but on a weekend its as...More

Thank MotionPotion
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I suppose I was expecting a bit more, a bit more of what I'm not sure, but it was an enjoyable experience, well presented, with lots of local sea life almost at touching distance (you can actually stroke a shark, albeit a very small one)....More

Thank DrMinestrone
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So many reviews compared this easily accessible, highly informative, hands on aquarium to the Academy of Sciences aquarium and that’s just not fair ... I understand they are both in San Fran but that’s not fair. This is perfect for young children. You can go...More

Thank Regine N
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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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Thuy T
September 24, 2018|
Response from RVIDI | Reviewed this property |
Per their website, kids 3 and under are free. Kids 4-12 are about $13.
Thuy T
September 24, 2018|
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Response from Nicebuns74 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, No children under 3 are free
September 4, 2018|
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Response from Muzzysgirl | Reviewed this property |
I really didn't see any place inside to eat. I really don't remember seeing any place inside that even sells food. The Aquarium is on Pier39 & there is a lot of food places to eat. You might be able to bring food & eat it... More