Sea Lion Center, San Francisco

Operated and managed by Aquarium of the Bay, the Sea Lion Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers free interpretive programs to compliment one of San Francisco’s most popular attractions. Over six million annual visitors will be able to learn all about these boisterous animals through exhibits and one-on-one interactions with naturalists. Guests can learn about these charismatic mammals, their history at PIER 39 and ongoing impacts and challenges to their habitat, as well as what they, as visitors, can do to help. The Sea Lion Center includes a classroom and exhibit space located directly above the sea lions regular hangout on PIER 39’s K-Dock.
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  • Special to be able to see the sea lions and sea dogs again close and what are the many! A must see location and you can have hours here to watch the animals, very entertaining and fun. There are some nice shops and cosy dining venues on the adjacent pier.
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  • Found this by accident going through all of the restaurants and stores in the Pier 39 area. You can get up pretty close for pictures, but the smell is kinda intense depending on where you are standing...  more »
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  • Exactly what it says on the tin. A place where you can see sea lions. Definitely worth a visit and a great place to spend some time watching them getting all upset with one another. As you'd expect, it's a busy area and you might have to wait to get a really good viewing spot!
  • The center is on the second floor. There are a few activities your children can enjoy. they have live presentations and experts answering questions. Definitely a nice stop where you are visiting and the children will enjoy it.

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