Aquarium Of The Bay

39 Bay St
San Francisco CA 94133
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Opening Hours

  • Mon: 10am-6pm
  • Tue: 10am-6pm
  • Wed: 10am-6pm
  • Thu: 10am-6pm
  • Fri: 10am-6pm
  • Sat: 10am-6pm
  • Sun: 10am-6pm

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Aquarium of the Bay's Pier 39 location makes it perfect for visitors hoping to get the most out of a visit to San Francisco. The aquarium is known for its San Francisco Bay focus, which is displayed in three exhibits: Discover the Bay, Under the Bay and Touch the Bay. Although adults can find points of interest here, this aquarium really stands out for kids.

Best and worst time to go to Aquarium of the Bay
Due to its location, the aquarium can get crowded during the summer. Regardless of season, visitors will have the best experience when the aquarium opens for the day.

Must see/do at Aquarium of the Bay
Children of all ages enjoy Touch the Bay, where they can get up close with sea stars, sharks and sting rays. In the same area, tide pool feedings are also a popular activity. Visitors interested in watching the shark feedings should check the daily schedule to see when the divers will be feeding the Sevengill sharks.

Admission to Aquarium of the Bay
Adult admission to Aquarium of the Bay is $20-$25, while children and seniors receive about a $5 discount. The family rate for two adults and two children is $64-$70. Locals who live in nearby Bay Area counties and visitors who arrive via public transportation can receive a small discount on admission.

Parking at Aquarium of the Bay
The closest public parking is available at Pier 35 but it can be difficult to find a spot thanks to the popularity of the area. However, if that lot is full there are many others nearby.

Public transportation to Aquarium of the Bay
Three San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (MUNI) busses stop near the aquarium: 8, 39 and 47. The closest MUNI rail station is Beach Street and Stockton Street.

Food at Aquarium of the Bay
Aquarium of the Bay doesn't have a restaurant, but there are numerous options at Pier 39, like Hard Rock Café, which serves classic American food, and Fog Harbor Fish House, which serves fresh seafood.

Insider tip for visitors to Aquarium of the Bay
Two tours, Behind the Scenes and Feed the Sharks, offer special aquarium access for a fee. Tours do book up in advance, so interested visitors should book online.

Author's bio: Elizabeth Xu is a freelance writer in the San Francisco Bay Area, though she hails from the Midwest. Follow her travels @ElizabethMXu.