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Aquarium of the Bay

2 Beach St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 623-5300
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We visited the aquarium whilst on a coach tour of the Western states in October 2001. Travelling from Britain we were disappointed when it rained on our free day in San Francisco,...


I actually worked at Aquarium of the Bay for a while and nearly every guest that came through had the same disappointed reaction: "That's it?" It's just too short for what you pay...

Very short tour, Expensive tickets - Tourist trap 8/21/2005

I actually worked at Aquarium of the Bay for a while and nearly every guest that came through had the same disappointed reaction: "That's it?" It's just too short for what you pay for. The exhibits are nice. The first one is a room with several tanks that let you see fish native to the bay. The second exhibit, the biggest one, is a very cool tunnel built under a gigantic fish tank, so it looks like you are walking under water. The third one are touch pools where you can touch bat rays, sharks, starfish, and more. If you have an hour and some money to kill, fine. Go. Otherwise, it really isn't worth it. more

A little pricey 8/20/2005

The San Francisco Aquarium of the Bay is really an awesome sight. It is incredibly small, but still worth it. We enjoyed walking through the underwater tunnel and seeing all the native species of the bay. On the day we went, it was not crowded at all. There were only about 10 people in the tunnel with us. It was really neat because one of the workers told us to look for the octopus. Well, we went through once and did not find it. So, we circled back around and searched again. We found him this time…and then found another. The kids were so excited to find them and they really enjoyed it. As you exit, you get to go through a little area where you can pet stingrays and other fish. That was the best part for the kids. If your kids are “hands on”, I would recommend this on your trip to San Francisco. more

Aquarium of the Bay 8/15/2005

We happened to be out touring the Pier 39 area with some friends and we thought we would try out the Aquarium of the Bay. We were surprised that we had to ride an elevator to a lower level to get to the aquarium where there was a tunnel made of see-through glass wherein you can see the sealife on the other side. It was disappointly short and at the end was the elevators to take you back up to the upper level to the exit. I don't think I will be going to this aquarium again. more

Fun and educational experience 8/13/2005

I visited the Aquarium of the Bay, located at Pier 39 in San Francisco, about 3-4 years ago, and had fond memories of it. This aquarium provides a educational, and fun introduction to the rich aquatic life inhabiting the San Francisco Bay. The highlight of the visit was the clear, 150 ft tunnels providing wonderful, majestic views of underwater creatures like sharks, fish, rays, and other indigenous animals. Each visitor is provided with a tape player and headset, serving as a virtual tour guide. At $14 per adult (and $7.50 per child), it serves as a great, nearby alternative to visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium (although I believe that a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium would provide a much deeper and richer experience). more

Aquarium of the Bay 8/12/2005

Aquarium of the Bay is a pretty small aquarium. It's in Pier 39. I didn't like the fact the they don't have free parking available and I had to walk pretty far to get to it from the parking lot. The only good part of this place is the glass tube you go through where you see the sea animals. That was pretty neat but that was it. There wasn't anything else to see. You also have to ride elevators to get to this area and it was always crowded with people. Talk about body odor. more

small and pricey, but entertains little ones 8/10/2005

This Aquarium is much smaller than the Monterey Bay Aquarium, but it has a nice underground aquatic tunnel that young kids love to go through. My son was 18 mon. when we first took him, and he was enthralled with the sharks that swam over our heads. Besides the tunnel, though, there is not much of an exhibit. Small tanks and aquariums hold specimen local to the Bay. more

Aquarium of the Bay 8/9/2005

Aquarium of the Bay is located right on Pier 39. They do not have any parking but at a price available parking is located in the parking garages a few blocks away. My family went here once and we found it to be a comparatively small aquarium. The highlight of this aquarium is a tunnel with see through glass walls from where you can see all the sea creatures on the other side of the walls. It was a beautiful sight although my daughter got scared of seeing sharks so close and cried until we got out of the tunnel. more
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  • Hours:

    Daily 10am-7pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Fisherman's Wharf (North Waterfront), Fisherman's Wharf, Northeast