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Aquarium of the Bay
The Embarcadero at Beach Street San Francisco, CA 94133
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4.0 / 5 Rated by 373 members
Review from Rodney Anderson
Red Velvet 444 events 335 reviews

As a SF Resident, I usually avoid these tourist things. But I figured I would do it @ the Goldstar price. Small, but interesting but I don't think it's worth the full price. It was not busy the day I went. Later afternoon is best so as to...continued

reviewed Mar 03 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Hadley Louden
Red Velvet 404 events 72 reviews

Somewhat small offerings for all the hoopla. Two really nice tubular tanks that you can walk through and take pictures in - but very little else of any merit.

If I had to choose, I'd take the Steinhart Aqaurium at the Academy of Sciences any...continued

reviewed Jan 24 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from 350z
Red Velvet 33 events 13 reviews

A must see for anyone visiting San Francisco!

reviewed May 08 2010 report as inappropriate
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The first stop in Aquarium of the Bay, the Discover the Bay exhibit, highlights the diversity and interconnectedness of San Francisco Bay species, as well as the role that humans play in the ecosystem. Watch swirling anchovies and view our Trash Tank. Next is Under the Bay—two crystal clear tunnels feature bat rays, sturgeons and sharks, including the Bay’s largest predator, the sevengill shark. Next up are the mesmerizing jellies and the giant Pacific octopus in our Go With the Flow exhibit. An elevator ride takes you to Touch the Bay, where you can get hands-on with leopard sharks, skates and sea stars. Live animal interactions at the PG&E Bay Lab bring you even closer to your favorite animals—this is a guest favorite! 

The new North American river otter exhibit introduces you the San Francisco Bay watershed. Playful river otters delight young and old alike, and serve as an important indicator species of river health. 

Through hands-on experiences, experiential learning and creative activities, Aquarium of the Bay provides a unique opportunity for guests of all ages to deepen their connection to San Francisco Bay and all marine environments. Open 364 days a year, excluding Christmas Day, the Aquarium awaits your visit. 

New in 2014, take a walk over to the Sea Lion Center located above the regular hangout of the wild sea lions at PIER 39. Operated and managed by Aquarium of the Bay, the Sea Lion Center is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization that offers free interpretive programs to complement one of San Francisco’s most popular attractions. Learn more about California sea lions and pinnipeds around the world. Interact with specially trained naturalists, see and touch genuine artifacts, and participate in exciting classroom programs. See life-size sea lion models, an enormous white shark replica, and an actual sea lion skeleton! The Nature Center also offers a small selection of merchandise ranging from fun kids’ books and souvenirs, to Sea Lion Center apparel.

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