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Aquarium of the Bay

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Embarcadero & Beach St, Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133
+1 415-623-5300
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Aquarium of the Bay is located along San Francisco's walkable waterfront at PIER 39. See sharks, otters, underwater tunnels, and 20,000 other amazing animals. Please check website for early closure notifications.
  • Excellent21%
  • Very good36%
  • Average32%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible2%
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“star fish” (33 reviews)
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Embarcadero & Beach St, Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133
Fisherman’s Wharf
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"sea life"
in 73 reviews
"star fish"
in 33 reviews
"underwater tunnel"
in 26 reviews
"touch pool"
in 26 reviews
"sharks and rays"
in 22 reviews
"glass tunnel"
in 17 reviews
"river otters"
in 15 reviews
"small sharks"
in 14 reviews
"fish swim"
in 13 reviews
"behind the scenes"
in 17 reviews
"on display"
in 13 reviews
"fisherman's wharf"
in 32 reviews
"tanks"
in 96 reviews
"animals"
in 90 reviews
"petting"
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"tubes"
in 17 reviews
"conservation"
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Reviewed yesterday

If I had a do-over, I would have skipped this aquarium. It is relatively small and pretty dated in my opinion. I'm not sure we spent more than a half hour here (and I'm generally a fan of aquariums).

Thank wwwendyyy
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We used our GoCard for our admission. This isn't the largest aquarium, but it has fascinating sea life to see. Children would live it.

Thank johnsi2015
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a cute little aquarium that has a fun staff and a good location. The juvenile otter was the best. My Son took off his hat and waved it my the water tank and the otter followed the hats movement.More

Thank Joseph & Preeth... R
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Aquarium o, Public Relations Manager at Aquarium of the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are delighted that you had a great experience. Thank you for visiting and supporting our goal to preserve the local watershed and to promote conservation education. We encourage you to visit and explore our sister organizations, including the Sea Lion Center, located at the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We got into this place free,due to our bus hop on hop off ticket,BONUS It was lovely,we got to gently feel a sting ray.We saw beautiful,playfull otters,they were just gorgeous.Loads of fish as well,and sharks and rays.Very interesting and staff very friendly and welcomingMore

2  Thank Julie K
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Aquarium o, Public Relations Manager at Aquarium of the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are delighted that you had a great experience. Thank you for visiting and supporting our goal to preserve the local watershed and to promote conservation education. We encourage you to visit and explore our sister organizations, including the Sea Lion Center, located at the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very inexpensive and simply amazing. Great staff, knowledgeable and friendly. The aquarium will amaze you with each step.More

Thank Shawna T
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Aquarium o, Public Relations Manager at Aquarium of the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are delighted that you had a great experience. Thank you for visiting and supporting our goal to preserve the local watershed and to promote conservation education. We encourage you to visit and explore our sister organizations, including the Sea Lion Center, located at the...More

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Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

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 fish are larger then they look in the...More

Thank Jacqueline D
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Aquarium o, Public Relations Manager at Aquarium of the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are delighted that you had a great experience. Thank you for visiting and supporting our goal to preserve the local watershed and to promote conservation education. We encourage you to visit and explore our sister organizations, including the Sea Lion Center, located at the...More

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Reviewed 7 January 2018

Compared with other aquariums, the Aquarium of the Bay in Pier 39 of San Francisco is quite small and has a limited collection of sea animals on display. This may result a bit disappointing when admission ticket costs $27. Console yourself knowing that every time...More

1  Thank CzarEmmanuel
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Aquarium o, Public Relations Manager at Aquarium of the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

The price of the ticket not only ensures smooth operations of our facility but also supports our sister organizations that are involved in restoration projects, research, education and conservation. If you come again, you may want to visit the Sea Lion Center, located at the...More

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

If you want to be amazed and frightened at the same time. Go to the Aquarium of the Bay. So many beautiful ocean species to ponder over. There are also many otherworldly and strange creatures to run away from. Fun for the family for the...More

Thank CantsitstillJohn
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Aquarium o, Public Relations Manager at Aquarium of the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are delighted that you had a great experience. Thank you for visiting and supporting our goal to preserve the local watershed and to promote conservation education. We encourage you to visit and explore our sister organizations, including the Sea Lion Center, located at the...More

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Reviewed 15 December 2017

This would be a cute thing to do if it was half the price. And on top of it, they actually have the nerve to change the ticket prices whenever they want for no reason. I had gone on the website to look at tickets...More

Thank tiare988
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Aquarium o, Public Relations Manager at Aquarium of the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

The price of the ticket not only ensures smooth operations of our facility but also supports our sister organizations that are involved in restoration projects, research, education and conservation.

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Reviewed 28 November 2017

This wonderful aquarium, located in Embarcadero and Beach Street, is a lively place and ideal to bring young kids. Should visit while in San Francisco. Beauty of this place is they display local aquatic animals which tourists won't find back in their countries. They have...More

Thank thumatydanielk
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Aquarium o, Public Relations Manager at Aquarium of the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are delighted that you had a great experience. Thank you for visiting and supporting our goal to preserve the local watershed and to promote conservation education. We encourage you to visit and explore our sister organizations, including the Sea Lion Center, located at the...More

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Dana S
5 October 2017|
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Response from CHARLES C | Reviewed this property |
We spent over two hours in the aquarium. The young lady that was with us really enjoyed the exhibits where she could touch the animals and we spent extra time there. The docents were pretty good and if you were... More
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30 November 2015|
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Response from Taylor A | Reviewed this property |
I parked off site and walked (less than 5 minutes). Ended up being less than $10 which is probably the best/safest option.
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MarylandMdtravel
22 November 2015|
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about 1.5 hours
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