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Aquarium of the Bay

Aquarium of the Bay
Aquarium of the Bay

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See. Touch. Discover. Learn. Enter a world with marine animals local to San Francisco Aquarium of the Bay, where its glorious setting exposes visitors to underwater life at its finest.

The aquarium affords you the opportunity to see underwater life in ideal conditions. Like a scuba diver descending into the glistening, cold waters of the bay, the temperature, lighting, and visibility is from the vantage point of a fish in an idyllic sea world.

Visit the touch-pools and pet skates (close relative to bat rays) leopard sharks, and sea stars (star fish). The coolness of the water combined with the silkiness of a bat ray or the leathery skin of a sea cucumber is all at your fingertips.

Discover the bay by exploring the various satellite exhibit tanks where you can check out animals such as Moray Eels, Bay Pipefish (the father pipefish give birth to their young!), Garibaldi (the California state marine fish) and more.

You can walk through 300 feet of crystal clear tunnels with enormous sevengill sharks and thousands of other sea creatures circling overhead. Look closely now: over 20,000 marine system animals and other sea creatures have a tendency to be camouflaged and hidden in the rocks and crevices of this ecosystem.

Every day guests can observe animal feedings and pose questions to the aquarium divers and aquarium naturalists who are dedicated to the conservation of marine environments.

Attraction Information

  • Hours:
  • Summer: Monday through Sunday: 9am to 8pm
  • Winter: Monday through Thursday: 10am to 6pm, Friday through Sunday: 10am to 7pm
  • Aquarium of the Bay is open every day of the year except for December 25. It is subject to close early some days for private events. For information regarding closures, check the online calendar prior to your visit at
  • Admission:
  • Adults: $15.95
  • Children (3-11): $8
  • Seniors (65+): $8
  • Family Rate (2 adults and 2 children ages 3-11): $39.95
  • Contact:
  • Location: The Embarcadero at Beach St., Pier 39, San Francisco, CA
  • Phone: 415-623-5300
  • Website:
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