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Sea Lion Center

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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 complement one of San Francisco's most popular attractions. More than six million annual visitors will...more
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The Embarcadero at Beach Street, c/o Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco, CA 94133
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Just by Pier 39 these guys are really cool. You can spend ages just watching them. Just a few minutes walk along the pier while you are Fishermans Wharf. It worth taking the stroll to see these world famous icons.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Robyn S
Reviewed 4 days ago

Huge grouping of Sea Lions in one location. They are in the wild and not restricted - they just like to hang out here. Sometimes there is a bit of an aroma that goes with it,, but this wonderful site to see is one of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LakeladyOrlando
Reviewed 5 days ago

They noisy. They are argumentative. Some are lazy. And they are incredibly entertaining. They crowd on to platforms and invariably someone runs out of room and falls off. We watched one large lion climb up on a full platform and literally crawl across the tops...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 2BEis2SKI
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent some time watching the sea lions, very fun and unique part of the city. Really enjoyed my time and def worth a stop by. I spent around 20ish minutes enjoying the sites. Def do it! Visited in August 2017.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank bekkah28
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yep, they've got seals. Not sure if they're there to watch the humans, or if we're there to watch them! Definitely will be on every tourists' itinerary.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Frqflier
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I could have stayed all day to watch the sea lions. The pier has a boardwalk feel with food, drinks, shops, and even a carousel. We loved it.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Karen V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When you go here, keep in mind that there are alot, and I mean ALOT of seals. They're usually hanging out sleeping, but every once in awhile they get VERY active; they howl, and fight each other. Because of this, there will be LOTS of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Amanda W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you have never seen sea lions you must not miss it. However, if this is not your first time, you can spend your time having lunch in the area which is very nice.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank pabloortiz
Reviewed 12 December 2018

This is so fun to stop and watch the little darlings, they are so cute with their barking at each other.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jessortz
Reviewed 12 December 2018

Sharing the wharf with yachts is this noisy colony of Sea lions, they play, fight and preen very close to the wharf side and don't give a hoot about the tourists taking pictures. Honking and growling they are an amusing sight to see on the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank stevel849
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Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality
hotels, and good food, there’s something for everyone
at Fisherman’s Wharf. From street performers and
historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a
postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner.
Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded
with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while
Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone’s sweet tooth
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Response from Bonita W | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it's free. It's on Pier 39.