San Francisco

Aquarium of the Bay

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  • Stroll through 300 feet of crystal clear tunnels for a scuba diver's view of over 20,000 marine animals from San Francisco Bay and nearby waters.
  • Feel the unique sensations of touching sharks, rays and sea stars in the touch pools of Touch the Bay.
  • Walk through the Near Shore exhibit tunnel to catch a view of a giant Pacific octopus — one of the smartest marine animals in San Francisco Bay.
  • Explore the distinctive ecosystems that support an incredibly wide variety of marine life in Discover the Bay.
  • Take advantage of animal feedings, movies and presentations by the Aquarium’s interpretive naturalists to enhance your visit.
  • Aquarium of the Bay is part of the Bay Ecotarium, a group of six institutions (the Sea Lion Center, The Bay Institute, Bay Model Alliance, Bay Academy and EcoCenter Park, along with Aquarium of the Bay) committed to developing future environmental champions and informing decision makers and the public about the importance of watersheds and how their actions can help.


The Embarcadero and Beach Street
San Francisco, CA, 94133
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Open daily, 11am-6pm
Christmas Eve, 11am-3pm. Closed Christmas Day.
Hours may vary; visit website to confirm current hours.

(415) 623-5300

Advice for Visitors


  • See the world-famous sea lions seasonally at PIER 39's K-Dock.
  • Visit the Events Calendar prior to your visit to learn special presentation and feeding times on your travel dates.
  • Aquarium of the Bay does not validate parking at the PIER 39 Garage, but many PIER 39 restaurants do.
  • Make a day of it; your aquarium ticket provides return privileges throughout the day. Come in the morning, leave for a waterfront stroll, then return for bat ray or shark feeding time.
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.


  • Gift Shops: 2 retail stores

Visitor Safety:

  • Aquarium of the Bay has safety protocols in place to ensure a safe environment for its guests and staff; learn more on their website.

Best time to visit: Mornings are the least crowded.

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.