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Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket

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Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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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
Admission to the Aquarium of the Bay
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Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
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Departure Point

Aquarium of the Bay, Embarcadero & Beach St Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133
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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Aquarium of the Bay
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
See all safety measures taken by Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket.
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket.
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
See all safety measures taken by Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket.
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.

Reviews

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star-5
A safe Aquarium during COVID
Kimmy
, Sep 2020
Such an exciting aquarium to walk through during these times! Social distancing protocols were taken seriously while still being able to enjoy seeing the animals. Took about 45 minutes to walk through the aquarium, and you can walk down Pier 39 to see all the beautiful sea lions after!!
star-4
Good family fun. 2 highlights...the tunnel surrounded by rays, sharks and other fish and Touching/feeding the Bay Rays.
markshrlist
, Feb 2020
Good family fun! Smaller than avg Aquarium. But really like the shark/rays tunnel and feeding/touching Bat Rays.
star-5
Fast & easy. & better price than other sites
Priscilla J
, Sep 2019
It was a great experience!!! I.d heard so much about this company, i finally went with them & was not disappointed
star-1
Bad bad bad
cookmorgan81
, Sep 2019
Was small, filled with old people, not very fun, not very educational. Wish I could get my money back if I could
star-5
Hypnotic experience!!
diveshsingla
, Sep 2019
A must visit spot if you are in San Francisco downtown. You don’t want to come out of the aquarium. As I said, “ Hypnotic Experience”.
star-1
Overpriced and Disappointing!
William B
, Aug 2019
This was disappointing. Perhaps our expectations were a bit high considering we it’s located next to the ocean, but the overhead aquarium didn’t excite my 8 year old son and 11 year old daughter much. It would have been nice to see a larger variety of fish. It’s worth $8 at the most. Save your money for whale watching or some of the fun shops that offer fun souvenirs on Pier 39.
star-3
Not worth it
SaiNikhilPippara
, Aug 2019
It isn’t the worth the money which I kept for the entry fees and there is not much to do in this place
star-5
Aquarium of the bay
Melissa L
, Jul 2019
It was $10 cheaper on viator than at the door. Plus we didn’t have to wait in line.... no brained! I highly recommend them!
star-4
It's ok
CarlJ403
, Jul 2019
Would have been nice if the staff at the ticket booth actually wanted to sell me a ticket instead of talking to each other. I ended up buying my ticket online
star-2
Not what I thought it was gonna be but...
Jordan C
, Aug 2017
Not what I thought it was gonna be but still cool to see

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