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.
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 ^_^
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.
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.
Aquarium of the Bay is open each day of the year, except December 25
Every day: 9 am to 8 pm
Monday-Thursday: 10 am to 6 pm
Friday-Sun: 10 am to 7 pm
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
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.
This small Aquarium on Fisherman's wharf has a fairly good collection of fish for its size and is conveniently located.