Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco

3.5 out of 5 stars 12 Reviews

2 Beach St., San Francisco, CA 94133 (415) 623-5300

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    Marine Life in San Francisco Bay

    by azz8206 Written Jan 23, 2011

    If you have time and have children with you then you'd like to spend some time at the Aquarium of the Bay while in San Fran.
    Walking through a tunnel that is built under the bay, you get to see many fish swimming above and around you including sharks, tuna, jellyfish, starfish, stingrays and many other fish you may not be to familiar with. With its music and neon lights, it seems as if the fish are performing some underwater ballet as they swim elegantly and effortlessly. There are touch pools with stingrays and sharks that the children will find fascinating. There are also other animals on display like snakes, chinchillas, hedgehogs and frogs that are all native to the area.
    Get coupons off of the San Fran Bay Guide for 2.00USD off each person up to 6 people.
    Entrance prices are as follows:
    16.95USD for adults
    8.00USD for children and seniors
    Hours of operation are:
    Summer-9am to 8pm
    Fall through Spring-Mon to Thurs 10am to 6pm/Fri to Sun 10am-7pm.
    It really is great fun for the kids and for lovers of animals and fish like me.

    The Ballet of the Stingray Really enjoying her time here At the Touch Pool A Big Enough Shark For My Liking The Ballet of the Tiger Shark
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    Aquarium of the Bay

    by Sayjo Written Jul 23, 2010

    This is a fun little aquarium by the pier. The cost wasn't too bad, and there are a few nearby places (the trolly information booth or a nearby promotion booth) to find coupons that save a few dollars if you are keen. This 2 storied aquarium may be found on pier 39 so there will be a lot to do in this area that is well within walking distance. The tour starts with a looped tunnel in a giant aquarium filled with all sorts of giant fish including sharks, cephalopods, and other miscellaneous sea life forms. After this slow walk under a few dozen sharks you take an elevator to another floor with some more observations and some interactive animal fun! Who doesn't want to pet a sting ray ^_^

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    small but nice

    by mindcrime Updated Jan 20, 2010

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    The Aquarium houses more than 20,000 aquatic animals in an nice but small building. We liked the sharks as always but also some small colorful fishes and the giant octopus. The highlight here is by far the jelly fishes, really beautiful. I think the place is ideal for kids, they will love to see fishes swim over them in the tunnels! And by the way you don’t have to hold your kid up to see into tanks, everything is visible from eye level. Small detail but so useful.

    The aquarium is open daily except Christmas day from 9.00 to 18.00. The entrance fee is $16 ($8 for children) or free with the CityPass. Because of the small size of the aquarium (we went in and out in less than 30 minutes!) I think the ticket is very expensive. Walking through the tunnel was fascinating though.

    jelly fishes Aquarium of the Bay at Aquarium
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    Aquarioum of the Bay, Pier 39

    by razorbacker Written Mar 27, 2009

    Very different aquarium. The visitor walks along a path surrounde 180 degrees by the aquarium. The only way I think it could be cooler is if the footpath were clear and also part of the aquarium, an actual transparent tunnel through the aquarium waters.
    Watch out though...they really want your money and devise all kinds of tactics for separating you from it, including steering you through their gift shop to enter AND exit the aquarium. So don't be a fool and be soon parted from your money!

    Coral reef. Mollusks Just when you thought it was safe... School. Lone star.
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    Aquarium of the Bay:man-made originally to attract

    by caseyso Updated Aug 10, 2008

    Aquarium of the Bay is dedicated to protecting and preserving the San Francisco Bay, its surrounding waters, and the creatures living in it. It has different programs and activities, such as educational programs where school classes can have field trips and teacher workshops wherein they provide teachers with the necessary information about the San Francisco Bay to help them prepare for future field trips.

    In the Aquarium of the Bay, one will learn the different cultures of the San Francisco Bay, some ways on how to help its preservation and conservation, and many other facts about the waters.

    Operating Hours:
    Aquarium of the Bay is open each day of the year, except December 25

    Summer
    Every day: 9 am to 8 pm

    Winter
    Monday-Thursday: 10 am to 6 pm
    Friday-Sun: 10 am to 7 pm

    Ticket Prices:
    General Admissions
    Adults - $14.95
    Children (3-11) - $8.00
    Seniors (65+) - $8.00
    Family Rate (2 adults and 2 children ages 3-11) - $37.95

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour (includes an admission to the aquarium):
    Adults - $20.95
    Children (5-11) - $14.00
    Seniors (65+) - $14.00

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    Aquarium of the Bay

    by SteveOSF Updated Oct 1, 2007

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    Opened in 1996, the Aquarium of the Bay is a relatively new addition to the City. The aquarium showcases creatures of the Bay and as well as those beyond its limits. A walk through glass tunnel, with the fish tank all around, gives the appearance of walking on the bottom of the Bay surrounded by fish. At one point it feels as if you are standing in the center of a school of sardines. Be sure to roll up your sleeve for the petting tank. The attraction is a bit expensive with adult tickets costing $14.

    Aquarium of the Bay Aquarium Resident Tunnel of Fish A Bit Tropical
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    AQUARIUM OF THE BAY

    by DarleneCMF Updated Feb 28, 2006

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    This is located right at Pier 39 in San Francisco. Visit the aquarium for a quick study and exposure of bay inhabitants, which include rays, sea stars, fish, sharks and jellyfish. They allow you to touch the rays and sharks in some of the open pools. There's a short underwater tunnel ride that allows you to see all the animals in their natural habitat. Great for kids and nature-lovers.

    Tickets cost $13.95 for adults.

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  • An aquarium...that you don't have to pay to see

    by RblWthACoz Written Dec 18, 2005

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    For locals this would be a place to shop and see. For visitors it might just be a place to see only. But it is beyond worth seeing. Specializing in only fish and aquarium wildlife, 6th Avenue Aquarium & Flowers has an unbelievable array of wildlife to purchase. Want to see a place where you can purchase jellyfish for your aquarium? Manta Rays? Vibrant shrimp like you have never seen before? Their selection is vivid and vast. Looking through their collection of things for sale is as good as looking through an aquarium as far as I am concerned, and perhaps even holds a wider variety - though in not as serene settings. Be sure to check out the upstairs section along the right side. There are many more interesting and odd things to be seen...or purchased.

    Open:
    Monday to Friday 11 am to 10 pm
    Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 10 pm

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    The Aquarium of the Bay

    by Tom_Fields Written Oct 26, 2005

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    This is a fine aquarium. Well, it's not equal to Sea World in San Diego, but well worth a visit. Located right near Fisherman's Wharf, it's convenient if you're touring the area. You can take in this and other nearby museums in a day.

    The Aquarium has an impressive display of sea life from around the west coast. It also has an underwater tunnel, where one can observe the fish swimming overhead. In addition, it has a "touch tank", which allow close encounters with sea creatures.

    San Francisco's Aquarium of the Bay Underwater tunnel at the Aquarium The Starfish in the Touch Tank Sharks in the Touch Tank
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    San Francisco Bay Cruise and Aquarium by the Bay

    by yellowbell Updated Aug 26, 2005

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    For $23, you get a combined bay cruise and tour of the Aquarium by the Bay courtesy of Gold and Blue Fleet. The Aquarium is small compared to Melbourne Aquarium and Sentosa Aquarium, Singapore.

    The Bay Cruise is worth it since you can have a good view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Stories of how the Golden Gate was constructed and about the prisoners of Alcatraz can be heard during the tour.

    Make sure to dress warmly as it gets chilly during the cruise especially at dusk.

    Golden Gate Bridge
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    Bay Aquarium, from jelly fish eggs to sharks

    by katpanou Written Oct 4, 2004

    I have seen many acquariums in my life but this must be one of the most innovative.
    The innovation is that it is built as a glass tunnel so that you get the experience of diving without actually diving or getting wet.

    Under these safe conditions you marvel at various fish from the Bay underwater world

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    Aquarium of the bay

    by Jim_Eliason Written Dec 14, 2012

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    This small Aquarium on Fisherman's wharf has a fairly good collection of fish for its size and is conveniently located.

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