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Aquarium of the Bay

The Aquarium of the Bay is at the entrance of Pier 39 at the Fisherman’s Wharf.

This small aquarium is spread over two floors, showcasing sealife from the local waters of San Francisco Bay.

10 best things at Aquarium of the Bay.

  1. Walk through an amazing 300-foot acrylic tunnel and gaze up at diverse sea life.
  2. Be mesmerized by tanks full of ethereal moon jellies on the lower floor.
  3. Explore touch-pools full of sea stars, rays and housing sharks at the Aquarium of the Bay. 
  4. Observe otters at play in an elaborate habitat with rocks, dry areas, a pool and waterfall. 
  5. See a giant pacific octopus with nine brains and three hearts!
  6. Watch stingrays being handfed by professionals.
  7. See a Giant Bass which can reach up to 2.5 meters in size.
  8. Book a behind the scenes tour that explains what's required to keep the Aquarium running.
  9. Pick up some ocean-themed gifts at the gift shop.
  10. Explore other attractions at Fishermans Wharf like Pier 39, Musee Mecanique and fabulous waterfront restaurants.

San Francisco Aquarium

Aquarium of the Bay San Francisco

The Aquarium of the Bay is adjacent to other attractions at Pier 39.

Know before you go

  • Parking: Pier 39 garage (100 Beach St).
  • Cable Car: Take the Powell-Mason Line, which travels from Union Square to near Pier 39.

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