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Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
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Overview

Gain admission to the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco, located at Pier 39 between Fisherman’s Wharf and the Alcatraz ferry landing. A general admission ticket provides direct access to all of the aquarium’s main exhibit areas, which house more than 20,000 sea creatures. Learn what is typically found in San Francisco Bay and the nearby Pacific, including sharks, river otters, and even octopuses. The aquarium features interactive exhibits, as well as walk-through glass tunnels where schools of anchovies and fluorescent jellyfish swim overhead and around you.
  • General admission to the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco
  • Learn about the marine life of San Francisco Bay and its surrounding waters
  • See sharks, jellyfish, and an octopus as you explore 300 feet of glass tunnels
  • Admire colorful fish like orange garibaldi and green eels
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Admission to the Aquarium of the Bay
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Departure Point

Aquarium of the Bay, Embarcadero & Beach St Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133

Departure Time

1/1/2021 - 12/24/2021
Monday - Sunday:11:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Located at San Francisco’s ever-popular Pier 39 along the Embarcadero, the Aquarium of the Bay offers an educational look at local sea life.

A general admission ticket gives access to all of the aquarium’s main exhibit areas, all of which focus on the marine life of San Francisco Bay and nearby waters. Together, the exhibits are home to more than 20,000 sea creatures. Stay all day if you wish. The aquarium is yours to explore at your own pace.

Discover the Bay Exhibit: Ever wonder why anchovies swim in schools, or what life is like for a newly hatched skate in San Francisco Bay? Learn answers to questions like these in the Discover the Bay exhibit area, which is also where you find some of the bay’s brightest sea creatures, including green moray eels and California’s state marine fish, the orange garibaldi.

Under the Bay Exhibit: Thousands of marine animals, including octopuses, swim above and around you as you meander along a 300-foot (90-meter) tunnel system of clear glass. See moon jellies and Pacific sea nettles, giant sea bass and colorful starfish, and deepwater fish such as leopard and soupfin sharks.
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When you arrive at Aquarium of the Bay, located on San Francisco’s bustling Embarcadero (also home to other attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf, the Pier 39 sea lions, Boudin Bakery and the ferries to Alcatraz Island), head inside with your general admission ticket and begin your self-guided exploration of the aquarium. Your admission allows you to visit the aquarium’s main exhibit areas. With a focus on the marine life of San Francisco Bay and its surrounding bodies of water, the Aquarium of the Bay is home to 20,000-plus animals that live in 700,000 gallons (2.6 million liters) of carefully maintained bay water. Stay at the aquarium as long as you like to learn about sea creatures like jellyfish, octopus, and sharks. Discover the Bay exhibit: See orange garibaldi, green moray eels, colorful rockfish, and other wildlife native to the San Francisco Bay. Learn about how anchovies stick together and avoid predators, and find out how the bay acts as a breeding ground for perch and many other fish. Under the Bay exhibit: Walk through a 300-foot (90-meter) tunnel system of clear glass for a look at the fascinating fish and other sea life in the bay and nearby Pacific waters. See mesmerizing jellyfish, a giant Pacific octopus, graceful rays, sturgeon, and multiple local shark species like sevengill sharks, leopard sharks, soupfin sharks, and spiny dogfish.
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Free admission for children ages 3 and under
  • Wheelchair and stroller accessible
  • The aquarium is open every day except Christmas Day
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Aquarium of the Bay

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket.

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Short and not so sweet!
Tracy_M
, Aug 2021
The whole experience lasted about 45 minutes . Some of the tanks had nothing in them. The best part of the aquarium were the otters. They looked happy swimming around in the tank.
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star-5
So much fun!
Alma_O
, Aug 2021
We had so much fun! Thank you for providing such a safe and clean environment for my family and others as well. Beautiful space! The sea otters are so adorable 😍 the whole experience was wonderful!
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No compassion
chulo
, Aug 2021
became ill couldn't attend and no refund issued refer me to direct merchant. Now dealing with merchant for refund
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star-5
Absolutely amazing
DanielOttoway
, Aug 2021
The aquarium was amazing, kids loved it, I loved it. Would definitely recommend to a friend. Staff was great.
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star-3
Not worth it
Urmil_B
, Aug 2021
Long lines, decent experience. No major sharks to see. We were done in 30 mins. Waited in line for 45 mins, for a 30 min visit, and $108. Not sure if this was worth it.
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Need Refund
Stephen_H
, Aug 2021
I ordered the tickets and couldn’t make it to the aquarium on time before it closed requested a full refund still waiting response
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Bad
Aaysha_H
, Aug 2021
Did not MAKE IT IN !! Line to was too long !!! I requested my refund still ' haven't gotten it yet !!!! Almost 60$ to not seee one FISH !!!
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Terrible
Ricardo_C
, Jul 2021
Very underwhelming we stood in line longer than it took us to go through the aquarium. Waste of $200 for a 10 minute walkthrough.
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star-5
Overall great experience
LoriRobyn_Amundson
, Jul 2021
Very nice experience. Great staff especially the two young women who took the pictures. The aquarium is much smaller than I though it would be. It was very cool to see the sharks close up.
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Lori
Lori_W
, Jul 2021
No instructions. Kids hugged the views. Need someone to manage the time each person gets to view. People going back and forth. Very unorganized.
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