The Aquarium of the Bay is a nature center where you can admire the San Francisco Bay marine animals from up close.
After learning some information about the ecosystems that make up the bay you can walk through two glass tunnels while surrounded by more than 20,000 marine animals, including sharks, rays, giant octopuses and hundreds of starfish.
At the end of the visit there is a more educational area, where you have the opportunity to touch sharks, rays and other animals from the bay.
The Aquarium of the Bay is located in a privileged location in the Fisherman's Wharf and is a great visit especially for families with children, although when compared with the California Academy of Sciences, this aquarium is a little small and old-fashioned.
One advantage of this aquarium is that the staff is ready to teach you about the aquarium and most of them speak other languages.
Next to Pier 39 at The Embarcadero and Beach Street.
Every day: 9am to 8pm.
September 7 - October 31; March 1-May 28
Monday - Thursday: 10am to 7pm.
Friday - Sunday: 10am to 8pm.
Monday-Thursday: 10am to 6pm.
Friday-Sun: 10am to 7pm.
Children (3-11): $10.
Seniors (65+): $10.
Family Rate (2 adults and 2 children ages 3-11): $50.
Cable Car: Powell-Mason line.
Streetcar: Line F.