Aquarium of the Bay

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Smithsonian-Affiliated Aquarium of the Bay on PIER 39 offers a magical lens into the beautiful ecosystems of the San Francisco Bay & California Coast! The Aquarium experience includes two floors, featuring over 24,000 animals from 200+ species.  Exhibits from river otters to jellies, sharks, octopuses, giant sea bass & so many more captivate visitors of all ages.

The top floor features two touch pools, one with baby bat rays and sharks with the other containing invertebrates such as anemones, sea stars, sea cucumbers, and small perch fish. The top floor also features a 360-degree view of the City of San Francisco, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge, Alcatraz Island to Sales Force Tower and everything in-between!

Aquarium of the Bay is open daily for General Admission from 11am – 6pm. VIP Tours featuring an expert educator are available most Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 10 – 11am. 

The Aquarium is also a fantastic venue for private events, corporate happy hours, birthday parties, proms, proposals, weddings, and so much more! New Sustainable Wine tours to Sonoma depart from the Aquarium most weekends and include experiences at sustainable wineries & distilleries.

Aquarium of the Bay has a mission to inspire Climate Resilience & Ocean Conservation through environmental stewardship to protect and preserve eco-biodiversity from Sierra to the Sea! Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and a certified San Francisco Green Business, the Aquarium is a credible industry leader in the animal care, sustainability, & climate action practices in day-to-day operations. Your visit to the Aquarium supports the animals being cared for as well as the education and conservation programs currently working to regenerate many habitats along the California coast.

Bay Ecotarium, the Aquarium’s parent company, is a collection of divisions collectively working for comprehensive environmental advocacy in the San Francisco Bay & around the world. These include The Bay Model Alliance Visitor Center, The Bay Institute, Bay Academy, Studio Aqua, EcoXpeditions, & the Sustainable Seafood Alliance. 

Aquarium of the Bay is open 364 days a year.  Daily special events include animal feedings, educator presentations and behind-the-scenes tours. Click here to buy tickets online.