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Aquarium of the Bay

#76 of 535 things to do in San Francisco Features Animals
Embarcadero & Beach St, Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133
+1 415-623-5300
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  • Excellent22%
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  • Average32%
  • Poor8%
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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

Took our 3 year old grandson and his parents here. This is a great little aquarium with very interesting and interactive exhibits. It is nothing like the Steinhart Aquarium which is very large and very comprehensive. But for families, especially with children this one is...More

Thank omotors
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As aquariums go it was ok, it was however very small, it look less than an hour to go round the whole place and stop to take several pictures .... and no octopus even though it had been advertised and there were lots of plastics...More

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was OK, I don't begrudge paying towards conservation (by purchasing entry) but it was pretty average. Having seen Aquariums around the world (Cape Town, Dubai, throughout Europe and Asia) it let me down in the small size, limited diversity and layout. Undoubtedly doing a...More

Thank Alex M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to Monterey Bay, Aquarium of the Pacific, and Georgia aquarium and I really enjoyed those but this one, even though my hopes were not high was just not very good. Pricy for what you get and not very much to see, your better...More

Thank darkfalcon500
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spur of the moment decided to go to the Aquarium. The walk through tunnel is amazing! It was not over crowed or crazy busy. Gabriella was absolutely wonderful!! We asked her loads of questions and she answered them all and then some. She gave...More

Thank Shannon M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Brought my 3 year old granddaughter here and she loved it. I found it to be very clean, the employees are very knowledgeable and friendly. You literally walk through the tunnels of fish, they are swimming above you and around you. They have a hands...More

Thank takemeaway50
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really nice aquarium. Seeing the large grouper, jellyfish and sharks was really special. Walking through the tubes was great as the fish and sharks swam all around you.

Thank LaAnn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Me and Becky went there yesterday and it was pleasant. You saw lots of varieties of creatures that live in the water. My highlight was touching some creatures especially the rays

Thank The_Poppys030514
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Aquarium is worth a visit, especially if the weather is bad. You can easily spend a 2 - 3 hours there if you like watching the feeding and 'touch' areas.

Thank Jane E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A god aquarium with the ultimate walk through underwater walkway. Guides on site to fill the kids full of knowledge and fun. The interactive section is particularly good for the children. You can re-enter at your leisure so get a stamp.

Thank belinda m
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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Is there someplace to park that's reasonably priced?
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.
How long does it take
23 November 2015|
Response from Meredith M | Property representative |
about 1.5 hours