Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco

At Aquarium of the Bay, more than 20,000 animals are cared for, including approximately 50 sharks of different species. Aquatic animals from San Francisco Bay and its neighboring waters are kept in a range of different satellite tanks and one main tank that features 91 m (300 ft) of underwater tunnels. You'll have an opportunity to touch bat rays, skates, leopard sharks, sea stars, and sea cucumbers. The aquarium offers behind-the-scenes tours as well, where you'll witness how animals are cared for, or feed sharks and other fish. Take a look at our San Francisco road trip planning app to schedule your visit to Aquarium of the Bay and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Very inexpensive and simply amazing. Great staff, knowledgeable and friendly. The aquarium will amaze you with each step.  more »
  • Great variety of Bay creatures. We were the only people on the behind the scenes tour ($17 each). It was interesting to see how the Aquarium works. You get a view above the tanks looking down (the fis...  more »
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  • Excellently beautifull aquarium. It has all the best sights you can view of a marine life. The underground floor is the best I enjoyed. The attendants are warm and welcoming. I had fun here. The displays are just perfect. Its an experience worth it. When you are in the bay area San Francisco City, this is the best place to visit.
  • Great place for the family or just on your own as I did. The entire fisherman's wharf is an excellent way to spend a day. Just park and walk. You will not be disappointed with all there is to do.
  • I loved this aquarium. It's small but has many different spots. You can see swarms of smallfish, jellyfish with amazing lights and colors. The tubes below the bay are great, there are leopard sharks, and very big fishes and stingrays. In a separate area one can even touch stingrays, young sharks, anemones and starfishes with bare fingers. I loved it, it's small but beautiful.
  • Great moderately sized aquarium right on Pier 39. It packs a lot into its small size, and it's easy to make part of your day in San Francisco. It's worth at least one trip, especially if you like aquariums. There are always coupons available for the aquarium - - you can find them online, I think AAA offers them, and some of the parking structures print them out with your tickets.
  • Small, but well kept. Exhibits are educational, intriguing and fun. The wife and I went through the whole place in an hour - so if you are looking to spend the day you will be dissapointed. However its a great way to kill an hour or so.

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