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Sea Lion Center, San Francisco

#14 of 46 in Zoos & Aquariums in California
Aquarium · Hidden Gem · Zoo / Aquarium
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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  • They were not very active when we visited. So not as entertaining as I expected, but a must see on your visit to Pier 39.  more »
  • We sat here and watched the Sea Lions for a good 30-45 minutes and enjoyed some ice cream. I loved watching them rest and interact with each other as the sun was setting.  more »
  • 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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