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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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USD 24.95*
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Aquarium of the Bay General Admission
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USD 84.00*
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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 good35%
  • Average32%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible3%
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Embarcadero & Beach St, Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133
Fisherman’s Wharf
+1 415-623-5300
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a large family group and were able to go through the aquarium together with no problems. This attraction was not very impressive, but gave us all something to do together. The glass tunnel is cool.

Thank joeinfx
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a truly lackluster aquarium. Very few exhibits. The entire thing can be done in 30 minutes going at a slow rate. There isn't much to see and feels like they haven't kept up with maintenance. Some of the tanks weren't well lit, they...More

Thank Matthew J
Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff was great in helping with CityPass disorganization, they will help you print out your pass and make suggestions on what's best value. For an adult the exhibit can be boring and it is small. The elevator is super slow when they only have...More

Thank soda_johnny
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to go here because it's right on the wharf and I thought there would be a lot of educational hands-on displays. It was $25 each for my husband and I - which I assumed meant they had a lot to teach. The level...More

1  Thank Beth D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit here. The glass tunnels were quite good exhibits. Fun to see the fish schooling. The jellyfish were amazingly beautiful. The river otters were fun to watch too. This is a small facility that would likely have to charge lower admission fees...More

1  Thank canman66
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I visited recently, it was quite expensive to get in and it is on the smaller side. However we enjoyed our visit to the aquarium. We loved the talks that the staff gave,we saw the baby bat ray and otter talks.They were...More

Thank jgjg13
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We got there early and got a discount. Once you pay you are welcomed to come back during the day. Which in fact we did. With a 3 year old this aquarium had so much to offer. The two giant tunnel tanks were amazing! Just...More

Thank Nani1212
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went as two adults and enjoyed this aquarium. It's definitely small, but there is a lot packed in there. Great displays with a nice focus on conservation. We particularly enjoyed the exceptionally long underwater viewing tunnel. The aquarium is a bit overpriced, although, it...More

Thank wildcatsfan86
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I already knew this place was small and might disappoint, but I went anyway because we were in Pier 39 and it's part of the CityPass which I bought. One of the first staff members we ran into was the guy who took the family...More

Thank dat0da
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived early, before 10am and they tickets were each $10 which I would advise taking advantage of since this quite small and doesn't take more than an hour to walk thru. We parked in the garage across the street which costs $10 an hour...More

Thank Megan T
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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Questions & Answers
1 December 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.
23 November 2015|
Response from Meredith M | Property representative |
about 1.5 hours