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Get to know local sea life at 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 access to all of the aquarium’s main exhibit areas. These exhibit areas house more than 20,000 sea creatures that are 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.

Highlights

  • General admission to the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco
  • Learn about the marine life of San Francisco Bay and its surrounding waters
  • See sharks, jellyfish, and an octopus as you explore 300 feet of glass tunnels
  • Admire colorful fish like orange garibaldi and green eels

What You Can Expect

Aquarium of the Bay General Admission

Aquarium of the Bay General Admission

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 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.

Customer Reviews

ROGER D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was one our last tours we took, it's a nice way to just relax and see some of the sea life that call the bay their home. It's not a big aquarium but it has some really nice features, make sure you take it in when in San Francisco.

Jacob K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I've been to the Pier 39 Bay Aquarium before and it has always been a great experience. The one thing that stands out is the touch-pool area when you can observe starfish, rays and small sharks extremely close-up. This was the first year I visited the aquarium at the Academy of Science which unfortunately blows Bay Aquarium out of the water, so to speak. Still, there is nothing wrong with the Bay Aquarium and I will always recommend it if you find yourself visiting Pier 39.

Eric G

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

Great experience but needs to prevent crowding better

Susan N

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

Enjoyed the tunnel.
Didn't enjoy the screaming children running amok. Exhibits were well-done.

Karen B

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2015

Very nice facility! They did not have a record of our reservation which resulted in an extra 10 minute delay. The staff was VERY eager to make it right and apologetic. Again the reply about how they hadn't received the information from Viator thank goodness I printed out the confirmations which was a hassle!! We love the Monterrey Bay Aquarium this is a smaller version but a very nice way to spend part of the day!

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