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Aquarium of the Bay
Aquarium of the Bay

Aquarium of the Bay

2 Beach St, San Francisco, California, USA, 94133

The Basics

Come face-to-face with the sharks of Alcatraz in one of three tunnels, admire the diverse wildlife of San Francisco Bay’s shallow mudflats, and explore schools of anchovies that live off the coast of California. Touch pools and interactive lab stations offer the opportunity to immersive engagement, too.

Several passes, such as the San Francisco CityPASS, Go San Francisco card, Pier 39 Attractions Pass, Fisherman’s Wharf Pass, and Alcatraz Attraction Pass, include admission to the Aquarium of the Bay. Hop-on hop-off bus tours also stop at Pier 39 and you can also prepurchase general admission to the aquarium online.

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Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
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$29.75 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Very impressed with the...
Very impressed with the jellyfish displays, the walk through fish and shark tunnes,. It was more than we expected with three floorsfloors
Leslie_C, Nov 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

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Good
Erin_B, Jan 2023
Aquarium of the Bay VIP Experience
Strai got forward guided tour of the exhibits. Nice to have the whole place to our small tour group before the aquarium opened. Guide was friendly. Wish that there was animal feeding or care to watch, that would have made it really special. Small aquarium so the hour long tour covered the whole thing. Kids loved being able to ask the knowledgeable guide lots of questions. River otters were the clear favorite attraction.
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Sea/wildlife friends
Melanie_Z, Nov 2022
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
Able to touch the baby sharks, stingray and starfish. Loved the underground fish/shark tank! Very informative about each animal/fish.
star-5
Great for babies and toddlers!
Melissa_S, Nov 2022
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
An affordable family experience. The environments provided for the animals are all close to their natural spaces.
star-5
Fun & Educational Experience!
Joanna_S, Sep 2022
Aquarium of the Bay VIP Experience
The Aquarium of the Bay "Behind the Scenes" tour was the best way to utilize our time and gain the most knowledge of these aquatic animals. We learned so much from our guide. She was very upbeat & positive. You could tell she absolutely loves what she does, and she will be so successful in her career as a Marine Biologist when she finishes school. She is very educated about the animals at the aquarium and beyond. We learned so much from her, and there wasnt any question she couldnt answer. We had so much fun visiting here on our last day in SF. Im so happy to support what you do & keep up the good work!
star-5
Don’t forget your camera
derrinajohnson, Nov 2022
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
I read through a bunch of reviews before I went that said that this place was really small. Compared to what? This aquarium is a perfectly situated and exhibit so many different type of water creatures it’s amazing and it’s worth going.
star-4
Worth taking time to visit!
Smitty, Aug 2022
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
Really small, but delivers on verity. Accept what I have noted. Your survey should take what I have Noted as a rating and go from there.
star-4
Very satisfying but very unorganized directions inside the building.
Michael_O, Aug 2022
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
The aquarium it’s self was very satisfying to see. My favorite part was the underwater tunnels and the river otters but the communication between the employees and the customers because nobody knew where to go next. We heard a lot of “Where do we go next?” People wondering what the next part was.
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Tunnel was fun and...
Morufu_S, Aug 2022
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
Tunnel was fun and wonderful experience for my family. All members enjoy their visit , sourvnair were purchased to keep our memories.
star-5
A memorable visit
Tawny_M, Sep 2021
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
Seeing how excited my 6 yr old son and 3 yr old dtr reacted seeing all the exhibits. We knew it was worth the trip. The tunnel was amazing and seemed fitting since SF has a lot of tunnels 🌆 It’s definitely smaller then expected however each show cases were 110% satisfying. Loved the jellyfish exhibit and the octopus 🐙 Very clean and all the animals seemed clean and healthy. Would love to come again!!! Thank you
star-5
So much fun!
Alma_O, Aug 2021
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
We had so much fun! Thank you for providing such a safe and clean environment for my family and others as well. Beautiful space! The sea otters are so adorable 😍 the whole experience was wonderful!
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LOOOVE
Megan_T, Jul 2021
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
Wish there was more exhibits, but overall well worth the price and traveling to see it. Staff was friendly and overall a very clean place.
star-5
Fantastic
Bizmark_K, May 2021
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
Had fun with my family esp my one year old baby . COVID Protocols were were followed by every one in there
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Book a skip-the-line tour to avoid waiting in line at this busy Fisherman’s Wharf attraction.

  • The aquarium is quite small and easily combined with other sights around Fisherman’s Wharf.

  • A must-do for families with young children or anyone interested in learning more about the ecology of the San Francisco Bay region.

  • Present a current Bay Area public transport pass for $2 off the admission price.

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How to Get There

Located two piers east of Fisherman’s Wharf, the Aquarium of the Bay is most easily accessible by public transportation. San Francisco Muni’s E and F street car lines stop within a block of the Aquarium of the Bay. SF Muni 8, 39, and 47 bus lines also stop nearby. There's wheelchair-accessible parking across from the main entrance at Pier 39 and additional parking at Pier 35.

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When to Get There

Fisherman’s Wharf and the Aquarium of the Bay are busiest during the summer months. A visit during winter or early spring means quieter galleries. The aquarium is open every day from the mid-morning until the evening; late afternoons are the quietest times to visit. The aquarium is closed on Christmas Day.

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Feed the Sharks

Aquarium of the Bay tours (not included with general admission tickets) offer a deeper dive into the inner workings of an aquarium. One tour takes visitors across catwalks above the tanks to learn about dive operations and how to care for marine life, while another allows visitors to feed sharks, rays, and skates.

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Aquarium of the Bay
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