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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
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Monster sharks
Watching the fishes, especially the big sharks. We enjoyed it a lot. It was a great experience. We will definitely come back with more friends and family.
Sursattie_S, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

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Visit to Aquarium Bay
PrasadSubraveti, Jun 2022
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
Undoubtedly the glass tunnel was a great experience, with sharks moving around you. The sea otters were very active and the touch was also a great experience.
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Fun and informative!
Paula_A, Jun 2022
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
Such a great experience! Everyone that worked there was friendly and helpful! Made our experience memorable!!!
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Not as big as I thought...
Evelyn_S, Jun 2022
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
Not as big as I thought but still very nice. Tunnels were the highlight of our trip! Wish it had more exhibits.
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Nice time
Valarie_W, May 2022
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
It was nice enjoyed it grandson was amazed at the underground aquarium me too he also enjoyed touching the sting ray
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The look and smile on my...
Kakada_O, May 2022
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
The look and smile on my sons face!! Favorite part is the tunnel’s. Wish there was really a whale to see lol
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An absolute MUST SEE while in San Francisco
MollyOC_W, May 2022
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
Could spend hours watching the manta ray, the sharks and jelly fish through glass tunnel. Great picture taking opportunities. A little pricey but so memorable and wasn’t too crowded at 12:30. Watch for time assigned on your voucher.
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Outing
Marcus_D, Apr 2022
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
Beautiful time and experience thanks the attraction was a mouth full.The comparison to Monterey Bay aquarium they about even for his ratings
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Good day
Patricia_L, Mar 2022
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
A lot of fun things to look at and experience. Posters are educational. Great experience. Would highly recommend.
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The fish tunnel 🙂❤
Pamela_T, Feb 2022
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
The whole display because this was my husband and I first date loction 27 years ago at the Golden Gate park location.. great memories ❤
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It was a good trip to...
Carmelita_M, Feb 2022
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
It was a good trip to take during the week for a birthday surprise. I wish it was bigger. I would come back.
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It was such a beautiful...
Dulce_L, Jan 2022
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
It was such a beautiful experience for my son who is on the spectrum he loved everything 💙 I do feel like it’s kinda small. I would love it if it was bigger.
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The shark exhibit was...
Brittney_M, Jan 2022
Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
The shark exhibit was phenomenal and the jellyfish were surreal! This was a great experience for my daughter and I.
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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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