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Discover the creatures that call the waters of Northern California home with a trip to San Francisco’s Aquarium of the Bay. Marvel at the wonders of jellyfish or tunnel under sharks to view the true underbelly of marine life in the immersive exhibits.
 
The Basics
Revel in nature’s wonders at the immersive, hands-on Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39 in Fisherman’s Wharf. Three different tunnels allow visitors to come face to face with the sharks of Alcatraz, view the diverse wildlife of San Francisco Bay’s shallow mudflats, and explore schools of anchovies that call the bay waters home. Touch pools and interactive lab stations bring nature right to the tips of your fingers.

Several passes, such as San Francisco CityPASS, Go San Francisco card, Pier 39 Attractions Pass, Fisherman’s Wharf Pass, and Alcatraz Attraction Pass, include admission to the Aquarium of the Bay. Hop-on-hop-off bus tours also stop at Pier 39. You can also prepurchase general admission to the aquarium online.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Book a skip-the-line tour to avoid waiting in line at this busy Fisherman’s Wharf attraction.
  • The aquarium is quite small and is easily combined with other sights around Fisherman’s Wharf.
  • A must-do for families with young children or anyone interested in learning more about the ecology of the San Francisco Bay region.
  • Present a current Bay Area public transport pass for $2 off the admission price.
 
How to Get There
Located two piers east of Fisherman’s Wharf, the Aquarium of the Bay is most accessible by public transportation. San Francisco Muni’s E and F street car lines stop within a block of the Aquarium of the Bay. SF Muni 8, 39, and 47 bus lines also stop nearby. There is wheelchair-accessible parking across from the main entrance at Pier 39 and additional parking at Pier 35.
 
When to Get There
Fisherman’s Wharf and the Aquarium of the Bay are busiest during the summer months. A visit during winter or early spring means quieter galleries. The aquarium is open every day from 10am to 8pm; late afternoons, between 4 and 8pm, are quietest. Hours for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day are posted in late fall. The aquarium is closed on Christmas Day.
 
Feed the Sharks
The Aquarium of the Bay’s tours (not included with general admission tickets) are a deeper dive into the inner workings of an aquarium. One tour takes visitors across catwalks above the tanks to learn above dive operations and caring for marine life. Another tour allows visitors to access a bucket of seafood and feed sharks, rays, and skates.
Address: 2 Beach St, San Francisco, California, USA 94133, USA
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Viator Exclusive: Alcatraz and Aquarium of the Bay Combo Pass

Viator Exclusive: Alcatraz and Aquarium of the Bay Combo Pass

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Visit two San Francisco Bay attractions with this combo pass for Alcatraz Island and Aquarium of the Bay. You'll take the ferry across the bay to Alcatraz, the former prison that was once home to criminals like Al Capone, where you can explore with the provided "Cellhouse" audio tour. Then head to the aquarium to see more marine animals such as sting rays, river otters, sharks, and sea stars.
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Go San Francisco Explorer PassSightseeing Passes

Go San Francisco Explorer Pass

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With the San Francisco Explorer Pass you’ll save money on four San Francisco attractions within a 30-day period. Select four activities among a list of 20 sightseeing cruises, tours, museum admissions and transportation in and around the city. Take advantage of discount offers at retailers and restaurants, and use your complimentary guidebook to help you independently explore the Bay Area at your own pace. No voucher redemption is required; simply print your pass, or save on your mobile phone, and enjoy direct entry to attractions.
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Aquarium of the Bay General AdmissionAttraction Tickets

Aquarium of the Bay General Admission

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Get fast-track entry to the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco, located at Pier 39 between Fisherman’s Wharf and the Alcatraz ferry landing. A general admission ticket provides direct access to all of the aquarium’s main exhibit areas, which house more than 20,000 sea creatures. Learn what is typically found in San Francisco Bay and the nearby Pacific, including sharks, river otters, and even octopuses. The aquarium features interactive exhibits, as well as walk-through glass tunnels where schools of anchovies and fluorescent jellyfish swim overhead and around you.
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Go San Francisco Pass

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Tour San Francisco with the Go San Francisco Card on your mobile device. See all the sites or just a few; it's your choice using this customizable touring option. Enjoy free admission at more than 30 popular San Francisco attractions as well as discounts on dining and shopping. Choose from 1-,2-, 3- or 5-day options to help you save as much money as possible on your vacation.
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PIER 39 Attraction PassSightseeing Passes

PIER 39 Attraction Pass

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Enjoy admission to the Pier 39 7D Experience and four other Pier 39 activities with this attraction pass. You’ll receive entry to the Aquarium of the Bay, The Flyer, and Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze, a 24-hour ticket for a San Francisco hop-on hop-off tour, a Chinatown walking tour, and a San Francisco Bay cruise. Plus, use provided coupons for discounts at shops and restaurants around Pier 39.
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Nature Lover's Experience: Muir Woods Tour with Aquarium VisitHalf-day Tours

Nature Lover's Experience: Muir Woods Tour with Aquarium Visit

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Visit two Bay Area attractions dedicated to California's natural environment on this half-day tour from San Francisco. First, head over the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods National Monument to see the coastal redwood trees. Then return to the city, via Sausalito, for a visit to Aquarium of the Bay, home to marine life from the waters of San Francisco Bay. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking.
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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Ride a double-decker sightseeing bus to San Francisco's most famous landmarks with a choice of 3 different passes. Explore the city's 49 square miles, including stops at big-name attractions like Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts and Union Square. Go at your own pace, hopping off at any of 24 stops, exploring at your leisure, and then hopping back on when you're done. Your ticket includes a walking tour of Chinatown. Choose the Premium or Deluxe pass for additional upgrades including a night bus tour or a trolley tour in nearby Sausalito.
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The San Francisco Sightseeing Flex Pass: A Golden Gate Ticket to 30+ AttractionsSightseeing Passes

The San Francisco Sightseeing Flex Pass: A Golden Gate Ticket to 30+ Attractions

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Explore San Francisco at your own pace with the San Francisco Sightseeing Pass. Select two, three, four, five or six attractions and schedule your visit during a 30-day period of your choice. Choose to visit popular destinations such as Madame Tussaud's and the Legion of Honor art museum, and opt for a select San Francisco sightseeing tour. Receive your pass instantly after booking, with a code that allows immediate use.
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San Francisco CityPASS

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Save time and money with the San Francisco CityPASS, which gives you admission to top area attractions, three days of access to public transportation including the San Francisco cable cars, a cruise on San Francisco Bay, and discounts for shopping and activities. You can choose to visit science and art museums like the Exploratorium or San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. You’ll have important details like hours of operation right in your pocket with the provided ticket booklet.
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2-Day Alcatraz, Muir Woods with Napa & Sonoma Wine Tour with Aquarium ticketWine Tasting & Winery Tours

2-Day Alcatraz, Muir Woods with Napa & Sonoma Wine Tour with Aquarium ticket

Visit top California destinations over two consecutive days on this combo tour from San Francisco. On day one, ride the ferry to Alcatraz, take a self-guided audio tour of the prison, and see Aquarium of the Bay at your leisure. On the second day, head across the Golden Gate Bridge to the redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument, then continue to Sonoma County for wine tastings. Also, have lunch at a winery or in Sonoma Plaza, and make a photo stop at the Golden Gate Bridge.
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San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf Pass

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Make the most out of your visit to San Francisco with this 2-day Fisherman’s Wharf pass. Gain access to five different attractions, and save more than $38. Visit the Aquarium of the Bay to see sharks and fish, and then head to Madame Tussauds to see wax figures of your favorite celebs. You have two full days to make a stop at all five places. Go to the 7-D Experience and the San Francisco Dungeon. Plus, cruise along the bay on a Blue and Gold Fleet cruise.
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Vine to Wine Napa and Sonoma Day Trip plus Alcatraz Tour and Aquarium AccessWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Vine to Wine Napa and Sonoma Day Trip plus Alcatraz Tour and Aquarium Access

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Enjoy San Francisco’s most popular activities with this 2-day tour that combines admission to Alcatraz, a ferry ride on San Francisco Bay, a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge and a Napa and Sonoma wine tour. The first day, explore the former prison on Alcatraz Island, listening to true inmate stories via the audio walking tour and get all-day access to the Aquarium of the Bay. The next day, head to wine country on a minicoach tour that includes tastings at four to six wineries and an open-air tram tour of the biodynamic vineyards at Benziger Family Winery. Lunch is included on Day 2.
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Alcatraz Island Tour and Yosemite Day Tour with Aquarium AdmissionHistorical & Heritage Tours

Alcatraz Island Tour and Yosemite Day Tour with Aquarium Admission

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Pack some of the best spots in California all into two days with this Alcatraz and Yosemite tour package. On your first day, take a boat from Pier 33 to Alcatraz Island, and then go on a self-guided tour of the historic prison. Afterward, spend some time at the Aquarium by the Bay at the edge of Pier 39. On your second day, head off for Yosemite, and follow your guide around the Yosemite Valley. Break off on your own for about three hours, and explore Yosemite National Park however you’d like.
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2-Day Alcatraz Evening Tour and Yosemite Day Tour with Aquarium AdmissionAttraction Tickets

2-Day Alcatraz Evening Tour and Yosemite Day Tour with Aquarium Admission

Take in three top northern California destinations over two consecutive days during your stay in San Francisco. On the first day, visit Alcatraz Island in the late afternoon, and use your all-day access pass to Aquarium of the Bay at your leisure. Your 3-hour Alcatraz tour includes a self-guided audio tour and round-trip ferry tickets. For day two, your guide picks you up at your hotel in the morning for a full-day excursion to Yosemite National Park that includes a guided tour of Yosemite Valley.
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San Francisco iVenture Card - Flexi 5Sightseeing Passes

San Francisco iVenture Card - Flexi 5

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Save money to spend on gifts or activities instead with this iVenture Flexi 5 card, which grants you admission to four San Francisco attractions, tours and/or rentals. You can also travel across the city without any fuss with a 48-hour ticket for the San Francisco city tour bus. Hop on and off the bus as often as you want – use it to get around the city or join one of the City Tour sightseeing tours to go around the city’s many landmarks.
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San Francisco iVenture Card - Flexi 3Sightseeing Passes

San Francisco iVenture Card - Flexi 3

Visit San Francisco’s main attractions at your leisure over 48 hours with an iVenture Card. Gain admission to the Aquarium of the Bay, de Young Museum, Legion of Honor, and more. Choose to go on a variety of tours, including a Bay Cruise and Sausalito ferry ride. Rent bicycles for the day if you’d like to see the city on two wheels, and enjoy meals at select restaurants.
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Nature Wildlife Package to California's Redwoods with Aquarium and Zoo VisitWalking Tours

Nature Wildlife Package to California's Redwoods with Aquarium and Zoo Visit

This wildlife package packs in three great attractions into your vacation, including Muir Woods National Monument, the San Francisco Zoo, and the Aquarium of the Bay. First, enjoy a ride over to Muir Woods, where you’ll gain admission into the national monument, and stand next to towering California old-growth redwood trees. Then, plan some time to explore the San Francisco Zoo and the Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39 on your own with your included admission tickets.
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The San Francisco Sightseeing Day Pass: Save BIG at 30+ Attractions & ToursSightseeing Passes

The San Francisco Sightseeing Day Pass: Save BIG at 30+ Attractions & Tours

San Francisco far outshines most metropolitan cities: it is the Golden Gate on the West Coast; the center of international culture, art, cuisine, and nightlife. With access to over 30 attractions and experiences, the Sightseeing Day Pass has some of the best local and authentic flavors, plus exciting tours throughout a blend of historic architecture and natural splendor. Choose between 1, 2, 3, or 5 days, select attractions when you arrive, and save up to 60% on total admission prices. Recommended for first time visitors with an open itinerary and active travelers looking to explore all the Golden Gate City.Take advantage of 1-Day access to the Big Bus Hop-On/Hop-Off Tour and get to know the unique neighborhoods: iconic twisting Lombard Street in Russian Hill, historic Chinatown, boutique Union Square, the skyscrapers in modern Financial District, laidback Lower-Haight and Haight-Ashbury, the LGBTQ+ mecca in the Castro District, trendy Mission District, and scenic Golden Gate Park.
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Fisherman's Wharf: Explore the culture of San Francisco Bay on an audio walkCultural Tours

Fisherman's Wharf: Explore the culture of San Francisco Bay on an audio walk

You’ll leave your heart in San Francisco after strolling 90 minutes along the famed Fisherman’s Wharf area. Indeed, it may take even longer as you stop to enjoy the sights, ride a boat around the bay or to famed Alcatraz prison, shop at Pier 39 or eat at the outdoor seafood counters. Hey, save some sourdough bread for us.
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Skyline Sightseeing Mega Pass with 3, 4 or 5 Attractions

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Build your own San Francisco experience and SAVE BIG! This valuable San Francisco MEGA PASS includes 3, 4, or 5 options from over 20 popular tours and activities in and around town. The pass is valid for 7 consecutive days!
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