Aquarium of the Bay

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Explore the magic, beauty and wonder of San Francisco Bay at Aquarium of the Bay. The Aquarium is a Smithsonian Affiliate, accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and certified as a Green Business by the city of San Francisco. Located at the water’s edge, 20,000 local sea creatures await you. Your visit will take you through three main exhibit areas that display the amazing riches that lie beneath the surface of the San Francisco Bay and surrounding waters.

See eye-to-eye with a Sevengill shark, be mesmerized by moon jellies, and touch a bat ray’s wing. Walk through crystal clear tunnels and watch San Francisco Bay’s most amazing animals swim overhead. Connect to San Francisco Bay through daily educator-led animal feedings and interactions, hands-on science experiments, sustainable seafood discussions and more. Enjoy viewing Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge from our outdoor decks.

The Aquarium of the Bay’s mission is to protect, restore and inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed, from the Sierra to the Sea.

With a focus on education and conservation, Aquarium of the Bay is the only aquarium dedicated to the diverse marine life and distinctive ecosystems of San Francisco Bay and its watershed.

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.

Open Now: Otters: Watershed Ambassadors
This permanent exhibit features three North American River Otters and educates guests about the importance of the health and conservation of our natural resources.