Aquarium Of The Bay San Francisco
Where are we going today?
Who is excited to journey UNDERNEATH the waters of San Francisco Bay...and you don't even have to get wet for it!
Aquarium of the Bay is an incredible experience for the whole family in San Francisco, where you can explore the incredible creatures that call the water home.
Why not start Under The Bay, where you can make your way through 300ft of crystal clear tunnels, that surround you with over 20,000 marine animals from the bay and the nearby waters! Kids will be mesmerized in the Jellies habitat, and you can see a dynamic habitats with swirling schools of anchovies and sea bass with the Near Shore exhibit!
Make sure you venture into the second crystal clear tunnel at Aquarium of the Bay, because the deeper waters are waiting for you! Sturgeon, rays, and sharks all soar and glide around you. You can come face to face with the Bay's largest predators - the Sevengill sharks, and all give local species are present!
Kids will love the hands-on activities at Aquarium of the Bay too, so don't miss Touch The Bay! The magic of San Francisco is literally at your fingertips, where you can actually feel what sharks, rays and skates feel like!
The Daily Programs are great fun for the kids too, and allow them to learn all about the sharks, and see divers interact with them! There are also chances to meet otters, and octopus, and other weird and wonderful creatures.
So let's go exploring underneath the ocean at the Aquarium of the Bay - you might just be surprised what you discover!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$22.95 online price
- Children$13.95 online price (ages 4-12)
When can we go?
9am/10am open. 5pm to 8pm close pending month
All year round
They have programs for K-12, and these FREE educational programs are great for kids to discover the underwater world!.
There are plenty of places to eat in the Bay area, so grab something before you arrive so you can focus on the underwater fun and not those rumbling tummies!.
Any Top Tips?
Check the times of the events and programs as soon as you arrive, so you can plan your day around what you want to see!.
Doing our bit
The Aquarium's mission statement is to create experiences that inspire conservation of the San Francisco Bay and all marine environments. The Bay is in trouble, and their goal is for every visitor to the Aquarium to go away with new knowledge about the life dwelling within the Bay, as well as what can be done to help preserve it. .
Need a little extra help?
The aquarium is handicap accessible. Speak to staff if you have any questions or problems!.
Can I get one of those?
There is a gift shop where you can pick up some fun gifts and souvenirs to keep the experience going at home! Members get discounts too. .
Why not have your birthday party at the aquarium! They would love to help you celebrate, and gives kids a super hands-on experience with the creatures. .
What people are saying?
by robert leung
This is a small but fun aquarium that has been around for years. It is, however, very pricey for what it offers in terms of experience. You see the sea creatures swim around you but the price you are better off at the California Academy of Sciences of going to the Monterey Bay Aquarium which is certainly worth the scenic drive. This experience only last about 30 minutes but if you are showing people from out of town this could be a fun trip especially for children.
by Carlos Russo
While a lot smaller than I expected - it was still an interesting place to check out. Loved the tunnel, and the fact that they showcase the wildlife that is 'local'. Check out their tour options as some might offer more access and a better interactive experience. Not a bad way to spend 30-60 minutes at the bay. All that said - I'm fine with only visiting once.
by Ashley Spiker
I LOVE THIS PLACE! I came here for the first time on my birthday last July. The jelly fish and otters were my favorite part. I think it's really cool that this aquarium is dedicated to the local animals. It's neat to be able to see what lives under the water of the Bay. Although this aquarium is not very large it is still lots of fun and I recommend to local and tourists alike. Plus, they started doing a 21+ nightlife once a month, similar to Cal Academy called Aquapalooza. It makes a great date night.
by PRod R
I rated this aquarium based off my kids' experience and not the size. You pay a ton for the little amount you get. You can pretty much walk through the place in 30 minutes, and that is stopping at the exhibits, taking pics and touching stuff. The aquarium is well set up, and although small, has a ton of marine life! Although i found it amusing but not awesome, the kids had a blast! I think that is all that matters.
by Alicia Nysse
Was not super impressed by this aquarium. We were in and out in less than 20 minutes. The aquarium at the Academy of Sciences is much more interesting. The bay aquarium is very small. The best thing about it is the tunnel of sharks and rays. I was excited to see the otters but at the time they were asleep and curled in a dark cave. We had a groupon so it didn't feel like a huge waste of money, but I would rather pay more and go somewhere bigger.