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Tickets for Aquarium of the Bay

Underwater wonders at San Francisco's Pier 39

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1-Day Pass – Any Day
Online offer only; advance purchase required.

Includes: One visit to the Aquarium of the Bay®, Located at Pier 39, this aquarium has 20,000 local sea creatures ready for seeing and even touching.

1-Day Pass Any Day tickets valid any day within one year from date of purchase. Cannot be exchanged for Value Days ticket. No reservation required.

ADULT (12+) $29.75 ...SAVE $7.80 ...ONLY $21.95
SENIOR (65+) $24.75 ...SAVE $4.80 ...ONLY $19.95
KIDS (3-11) $19.75 ...SAVE $3.75 ...ONLY $16.00
* Plus tax. Prices are subject to change without notice.

If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to visit the Aquarium of the Bay. Located at Pier 39, this aquarium has 20,000 local sea creatures ready for seeing and even touching. With a 300-foot underwater tunnel, nature talks, and thousands of sea creatures, this is an amazing - and interactive - way to get to know the waters that surround this city.

Step into the underwater world of San Francisco Bay. The actual water of the bay is renowned for being freezing cold and having treacherous currents (part of what made Alcatraz such a formidable prison). But thankfully, the Aquarium of the Bay lets us see thousands of fish, sharks, mammals and more, without needing to get wet.

The aquarium is divided into three main habitat areas. Discover The Bay showcases the local ecosystems, and counts the bright orange Garibaldi damselfish as a resident. Under the Bay is the biggest area, with 300 feet (91 m) of tunnels and over 20,000 marine animals. At the Touch the Bay area kids of all ages can get their hands and little fingers on live animals, including sea stars, rays, skates - and even sharks (!).

With naturalist talks and feedings, hands-on experiments and more, a visit under the sea at the Aquarium of the Bay is a great activity for curious minds (and anyone who wants to brag about having touched a live shark!).

  • Three different aquatic areas to help visitors explore, and even plumb the depths of San Francisco Bay, and the animals who call it home
  • The Under the Bay exhibit features a 300-foot (91 m) tunnel winding through a re-creation of the Bay, with tens of thousands of aquatic creatures on display
  • While here you otter see the Watershed Ambassadors; three river otters bring the 'awww' factor - as they educate on the importance of resource conservation

Opening Hours

Wednesday:11:00 - 18:00

Thursday:11:00 - 18:00

Friday:11:00 - 18:00

Saturday:11:00 - 18:00

Sunday:11:00 - 18:00

Monday:11:00 - 18:00

Tuesday:11:00 - 18:00

Important information

  • Show your smartphone ticket at the entrance of PIER 39 The Embarcadero &, Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94133
  • Re-entry is possible, but subject to capacity levels

Terms and Conditions:

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability.​

Wheelchairs available free of charge at the entrance on a first-come, first-served basis

Strollers available for a fee

Address
PIER 39 The Embarcadero North & Beach St, 94133, San Francisco
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4 Tips for Visiting the Aquarium of the Bay

If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to visit the Aquarium of the Bay. Located at Pier 39, this aquarium has 20,000 local sea creatures ready for seeing and even touching. With a 300-foot underwater tunnel, nature talks, and thousands of sea creatures, this is an amazing - and interactive - way to get to know the waters that surround this city..

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Best time to visit San Francisco aquarium

The best time to visit the San Francisco Aquarium by the Bay is as soon as they open at 11 am.
An early visit helps you avoid the long lines, which start around noon, especially in summer, during school holidays, and the weekends.
Animals in the touch pools are also most active in the early part of the day. As more and more people dip their hands, the sea creatures get tired.
With fewer people, you get enough time to explore the exhibits on your own and take photographs without others in the frame.

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Discover The Bay

Discover The Bay exhibit is about the ecosystem of San Francisco Bay and consists of seven different animal habitats.
The three most popular sections are the Beauties of the Bay, the Swirling school of Anchovies, and the Bay Babies.

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How long does Aquarium of the Bay take to go through?

Generally walking through at an average pace, seeing all exhibits, it takes about 90 minutes. Scheduled presentations can extend 10-20 minutes.

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Under the Bay

Feel like you’re truly under the sea when you walk along the gallery’s 300-feet long tunnel. Prepare to marvel at the schools of rainbow-colored fish, giant rays, and sharks. On the Near Shore Tunnel, you’ll even come face-to-face with the humongous Giant Pacific Octopus, the largest and longest-living octopus species in the world!

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