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Steinhart Aquarium, San Francisco

#35 of 46 in Zoos & Aquariums in California
Aquarium · Hidden Gem · Zoo / Aquarium
Steinhart Aquarium is one of the most biodiverse and interactive aquariums in the world. Home to 38,000 animals and more than 1,000 species of plants and animals, it offers guests an unprecedented view of underwater life and provides insight into the critical role that aquatic environments play in life on Earth.

The original Steinhart Aquarium opened in Golden Gate Park in 1923. It quickly became world famous for its novel exhibits and unusual animals, and was the model for many of the public aquariums that opened in the years that followed. Several components of the old Steinhart Aquarium have returned in the new aquarium, which opened back in the park in 2008, including the dramatic entrance columns, the vaulted ceiling, the sea horse railing, and the Swamp (alligator) exhibit. New technologies and advances in animal husbandry have made it possible for the Steinhart to create a suite of stunning new aquarium exhibits, including the world’s largest and deepest indoor coral reef, a four-level rainforest display, and more.

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  • It houses a collection of living animals and marine creatures like African penguins,sharks,stingrays,electric eels.Main attraction being white Albino alligator.There are displays about vast diversity....  more »
  • We had just went to the Monterrey Aquarium so this place wasn't quite as good but it had some very unique items and some beautiful presentations. One of my favorite things was watching the octopus...  more »
  • I remember going as a kid and it was much better. They remodeled and took away a lot of the good stuff. Only old school SF kids would remember. My niece was in awe of the place. I didn't take that from her. But me I was sad of all the changes.
  • Loved it. Especially the planetarium. Remember to book your tickets for the planetarium as one of the very first things when you arrive.

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