Go behind the scenes at San Francisco’s Aquarium of the Bay with this VIP experience. Enjoy special access to the aquarium before it opens to the public and a personalized tour led by an aquarium expert. See first-hand how the Animal Care team prepares exhibits for the day and get up close to animals like sharks, rays, and otters
VIP experience at the Aquarium of the Bay
Go inside before the aquarium opens to the public
Unique opportunity to ask questions and go behind the scenes
Includes special video presentation on aquarium’s river otter training
Admission to the Aquarium of the Bay
Watch biologists prepare animal habitats
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Meeting And Pickup
What To Expect
Aquarium of the Bay
Admission Ticket Included
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
Most travelers can participate
The aquarium is open every day except Christmas Day
Free admission for children ages 3 and under
Wheelchair and stroller accessible
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Rebecca_A, Apr 2023
Granted the aquarium is small, but they have done an amazing job with the exhibits they have. The two tunnels are well worth the visit alone. The number of rays and sharks are impressive. Our guide Conner was knowledgeable, relatable and made the excursion very enjoyable. Definitely a must done if you are in the area.
Erin_B, Jan 2023
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.
Fun & Educational Experience!
Joanna_S, Sep 2022
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!